About Better Connected Beaconsfield

Who we are: We are a charity dedicated to improving wellbeing in our communities in Beaconsfield. We believe that connections matter; we exist to transform the way residents can connect with services in our town to enable them to thrive and have a better quality of life.

Our journey started in 2018, where we were granted funding from the Beaconsfield Local Area Forum to do research looking at social isolation and loneliness and how we could reduce this in our area. A steering group was formed made up of Local Authority officers and Cllrs, local GPs, Church leaders and other community groups and health care professionals. This work resulted in a report titled Better Connected Beaconsfield which included 19 recommendations. To work towards delivering those recommendations and other relevant projects our Charity was formed and was founded in October 2019.

Our aim: We have a bold vision for a more socially inclusive community, with more local neighbourly environments that support healthy and fulfilling lives regardless of someone’s circumstances or age. We are inspired by other towns who have successfully done this.

How we work: We help to increase awareness to and participation at existing communities activities and support services through the dissemination of information and bringing people and groups together. We also provide a website and facebook page to promote local events and activities to connect our residents.

We’d love to connect with you; have your say on what we should be doing at info@betterconnectedbeaconsfield.org.uk

Trustees

Anita Cranmer: Anita is Chairman of Better Connected Beaconsfield . She is the elected member for Beaconsfield on the new Unitary Executive Council and has the Portfolio for Education and Skills for Bucks. She in on the Town Council and served as Mayor in 2018-2019.

Deborah Sanders: Former Town Councillor and panel member of Healthwatch Bucks

Rev Michael Johnson: Team Vicar, St Thomas’ Church, Holtspur

Paul Henry: Project Lead Covid-19 Support Group

Jeannette Buckle: Director, External Stakeholder Liaison; Data Control, Governance Lead

COVID-19 Leadership Team (March 2020)

Paul Henry: Project Lead

Judith Chapman: Buddy Network Lead

Gay Flashman:  PR, Digital Comms, Social Media & Website

Rev Jeremy Brooks: Safeguarding

David Bennett: Safeguarding

Pauline Keyne: Listening Service

Grant Telfer: Prescription Service Delivery