Arun Wellbeing and Health Partnership (AWHP)


Key priorities of the partnership 2017 - 2019

Promoting physical activity
Tackling social isolation
"Working together to put health and wellbeing at the heart of Arun"


Terms of reference


Purpose of the partnership

a)        To obtain an improved understanding of the health and wellbeing needs of the Arun community, and support the reduction of health inequalities via the partnership’s priorities;

b)        To enable networking and mutual understanding between partners, maintaining and developing working relationships, and capturing development opportunities;

c)         To provide a focus for public services and the voluntary sector in the Arun District to respond to, advise on and make recommendations on partners’ work programmes and strategic plans which impact on health and wellbeing, in particular the Partnership’s key priorities which are reviewed bi-annually;

d)        To make recommendations and champion joint strategic priorities and objectives, to enable health and wellbeing objectives to be developed, commissioned and delivered to greatest benefit for the Arun community;

e)        To support and/or work collaboratively with other agencies to raise awareness of and make joint bids for funding (where such funding would support one or more joint priorities of the AWHP);

f)          To reflect on place-based influences on wellbeing and health of the community.



a)       Membership to include representation from organisations and agencies who deliver, or support the delivery of, wellbeing and health services for residents, including:

  • Local authorities
  • Statutory health agencies
  • Voluntary sector
  • o   Education
  • o   Private sector (via the Arun Business Partnership)
  • o   Faith groups 
  • o   Patient Participation Group members (as consultees)


Role of members

a)        To be able to talk on behalf of their own organisations, or to proactively consult with the appropriate department from their organisation, taking relevant agreed action back for consideration, and where appropriate, gaining commitment to action;

b)        To attend meetings regularly, being prepared to provide constructive and informed input to discussions;

c)         If unable to attend, to identify fully briefed substitutes whenever possible, or provide written input and comment to issues under discussion;

d)        To actively participate in and commit to joint partnership working;

e)        To respect and be supportive towards each other’s priorities and make contribution for the benefit of the entire Arun community; not only in relation to the priorities of their own organisations.



Members will elect or confirm a chair and a vice-chair on a bi-annual basis.  The chair and vice-chair will each serve a maximum term of 2 years, with the vice-chair automatically succeeding to the role of chair and a further election for vice-chair taking place.  Arun District Council will provide the administrative support for the partnership.  The role of the chair is:

a)        To ensure the efficient conduct of the business of the partnership;

b)        To correspond with or lobby other organisations on behalf of the partnership;

c)         To ensure at meetings the views of all partnership members are sought and given appropriate consideration, and that plain language is used and acronyms explained.

The role of the vice-chair is:

d)        To act for the chair when s/he is not available;

e)        To be part of the agenda-setting group and other task and finish groups as appropriate;

f)          To work with the chair to carry out succession-planning.


Agendas and agenda setting

Agenda items will be considered if they fulfil one or more of the following:

a)      relate to one of the AWHP’s key priorities

b)      challenge the partnership and its members to action;

c)      a need for member organisations’ clients to be consulted

An “agenda-setting” virtual group will consider and agree all requests for agenda items.