About the Partnership

About the Partnership

The Stour Health and Wellbeing Partnership is a community led partnership set up to support residents in Shipston and the neighbouring villages to live longer and better.

Origins and Aims

The Stour Health and Wellbeing Partnership began in December 2019 and became a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) in November 2020 (charity registration number 1192236).

It aims to develop and implement a comprehensive health and wellbeing strategy focused on the recommendations of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) and other surveys.

The Partnership and Members are in the process of prioritising the health and wellbeing needs of the Stour community and developing proposals, projects and initiatives to address those needs. COVID and its aftermath has added to the challenges facing the Partnership and the community.

The purpose of the Partnership is:

The purpose of the Partnership is:

‘To improve the health and wellbeing of all residents in the Stour area through better partnership working’

…with its Vision

‘To bring together in partnership organisations and individuals across the Stour Valley to support every resident at all stages to have a better quality of life and live longer by improving health and wellbeing’.

and Values...

Integrity - Community - People Focus - Teamwork

Partnership Members

The Stour Health and Wellbeing Partnership is a community led partnership set up to support residents in Shipston and the neighbouring villages to live longer and better.

The Partnership has developed strong working relationships with over 50 organisations and individuals involved in the area, including; Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Public Health, Healthwatch, Stratford on Avon District Council, Shipston Town Council, VASA, South Warwickshire Hospital Foundation Trust, Timebank, Friends of Ellen Badger Hospital, Shipston Medical Centre, Barnardo’s and a wide variety of other groups and organisations in the Stour area.

Executive Committee and Work Streams

The Partnership works through an Executive committee which is comprised of the chairs of five Work Streams - Mental Health, Children and Young People, Healthy Ageing, Transport and Environment and Climate Change – and representatives of other organisations.

The Executive Committee is responsible to a Board of Trustees. This Board is registered with the Charity Commission.

Trustee Board

The Trustee Board comprises local volunteers who support the Partnership. Trustees may also sit on a work stream.

Bob Armstrong - Chair

Bob Armstrong - Chair

From a farming family in North Yorkshire. Studied agriculture in the UK and US before joining Unilever. Worked in a variety of companies in the UK and Ireland and latterly as a director of a management buyout business. Vice President of a NGO based in Brussels.

Trustee experience with schools, including Shipston High School and a FE College and organisations in the voluntary sector.

Main interests are family; wife, two children and five grandchildren, reading, mountain walking, cycling and painting.

It is my privilege to lead a team of trustees, all volunteers, who are committed to helping improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the Stour community by fostering partnership working. This is a challenging and important community driven initiative.

Louise Harvey

Louise Harvey

For the last 16 years - together with my husband - I have owned a Home Furnishings shop in the centre of Shipston on Stour. Originating from The Peak District, I have lived in Shipston for the past 16 years

As a shopkeeper I have always been an active member of our community and have met so many lovely people along the way. I think it’s important to both help support a community and keep it alive and have championed the Totally Locally (shop independent and local) campaign in our town and started up a local Arts and Crafts market which has now been running for a number of years. I have also enjoyed being part of the Shipston Wool Fair committee.

Being a Trustee helps me further support the community in which I live and the people I meet on a daily basis.

I support the Mental Health work stream.

Fay lvens

Fay lvens

I was born at the Ellen Badger Hospital and have lived in Shipston all of my life.

I worked in a management role in hospitality for 25 years.

Since taking early retirement, l have been actively working in the community. l was Chairman of Shipston in Bloom for many years, a Town Councillor for 12 years and Mayor 2012/13, Community Chair of Shipston Rotary and a trustee of Shipston Youth Club and on the management committee of Shipston Food bank.

I am in the Healthy Ageing work stream of the SHWP and currently working towards making Shipston a Dementia Friendly Community again.

Anthony (Tony) Joint - Treasurer

Anthony (Tony) Joint - Treasurer

Retired qualified accountant having worked in many different industries, both in the UK and abroad. Still a director of two limited companies.

Moved to Shipston, from West Yorkshire, recently and have involved myself in various local voluntary organizations where I can be assistance.

Enjoy helping where I can in the promotion of amenities in my local community which also enables me to meet with others in what is a totally new part of the country.

A Bristolian, by birth, but not lived there for long having travelled wildly all over Europe and Africa in my younger days.

Married with two beautiful daughters living nearby.

Sarah Tolliday

Sarah Tolliday

I worked as a GP in Warwick for nearly 30 years, and retired in 2018. Having lived in Newbold for 20 years, I recently moved to another part of the Stour Valley – Lighthorne. I brought up 3 children in the area, as well as supporting elderly parents. I am an active member of Stratford Sports Club and Secretary to Tredington Parish Neighbourhood Plan Committee.

I strongly agree that working in partnership can benefit the community greatly, especially the most vulnerable, and am very aware of the many benefits to physical and mental health of increased physical activity.

Carole Nossiter

Carole Nossiter

With a life-long interest in health, I spent much of my career working in and around the NHS, latterly, as a business director for a research based pharmaceutical company. I was also a judge for the ‘Managing Long Term Conditions’ category of the Health Service Journal Awards for many years.

Following my retirement I moved to Long Compton from Hampshire in 2013 and quickly got involved with the Shipston Medical Centre Patient Participation Group (PPG), becoming Chair in 2018. I also represent the PPG on the Ellen Badger Project Board, the Dene and Stour Valley Primary Care Network and the South Warwickshire Patient Engagement Group.

I’m a firm believer in the value of collaboration and partnership working as a means of improving the health and wellbeing of our local community.

Vanessa Compton

Vanessa Compton

I have lived in Shipston on Stour for the past 20 years however grew up in Cherington one of the nearby villages.

Having retired from a 35 year career in Banking in June 2021 I joined the Partnership in September of that year as their Administrative Support, then in April 2022 I became the Chair of the Partnership's Executive Committee.

I am passionate about supporting the local community in the Stour area to improve their health and wellbeing by working collaboratively with many organisations. I am excited to be part of the SHWP team.

Want to get involved?

If you would like to know more about the Stour Health and Wellbeing Partnership or to find out how you could get involved, please email us at admin@shwp.org.uk





The Stour Health and Wellbeing Partnership is a local charity supported by the kind work and donations of the people in our community.