This paper summarises and discusses some of the key themes addressed in the first Wellbeing and Health Open Forum on the topic of prevention. The forum addressed three central areas of enquiry: the importance of prevention; what the voluntary and community sector is already doing to aid prevention and what are its strengths; and priorities for implementing a prevention strategy. There were four strong themes running through the discussions. These themes were: making prevention the top priority; embedding prevention in all partnerships' and stakeholders' thinking and planning; measuring impact and effectiveness; and sharing intelligence and planning investment. The paper concludes with recommendations for taking forward prevention strategies, including developing a definition of prevention agreed by public sector and voluntary and community sector partners. Also included in the appendices are a series of case studies, stories and quotes concerning work done by the voluntary and community sector on prevention.