07/03/13 – The Third Sector Voice in Health and Well-being

This week, we’d like to highlight a number of events and consultations which might be helpful to you, including several opportunities to learn about and get more involved in your local health watch and health and wellbeing boards, and the chance to attend one of the final FaithAction and National Children’s Bureau events on the commissioning process for health and social care.

Each week, we showcase the work of one of our members at the end of our newsletters. If you’re interested in having your organisation featured in one of our upcoming newsletters, please send your details to [email protected].

Also, be sure to check out this week's Funding Roundup on our site.




ResPublica report: ‘people are the solution, not the problem’

The ResPublica report Responsible Recovery: A social contract for local growth promotes localism to create work and opportunities, identifying a need for government to work with those most affected by poverty to help develop solutions that work for them and their local communities, tailoring policy to local needs.

More information and the full report can be found at ResPublica.


Funding to Build Partnerships between Health Commissioners and Voluntary Sector

The NHS Commissioning Board has invested up to £50,000 each in twelve areas across the UK to support the Building Health Partnerships Programme. The programme aims to build partnerships between Clinical Commissioning Groups and voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to develop best practice and new ways for these groups to work together.

More information can be found at the NHS Commissioning Board.


NAVCA/Community Matters Merger Cancelled Over Pensions Fear

In a joint statement, NAVCA and Community Matters have stated that the proposed merger of the two organisations has been cancelled following an investigation of possible options. Due to each facing rising pensions debt, both organisations felt they had no option to call off the merger over fears that the new organisation ‘would be hindered by pension deficits with the potential to escalate’.

The merger was first announced on the 26th July 2012, with both organisations approving the move at their Annual General Meetings later in the year.

The full joint statement can be read at NAVCA or Community Matters.




A Wider Look at Commissioning: Commissioning for Equality

FaithAction and the National Children’s Bureau are working together to host a series of workshops designed for the voluntary sector and commissioners of services. These sessions aim to provide valuable local networking, information, tools, and topics for better local commissioning.

Upcoming workshops include:
South East – Guildford – 12th March | now featuring Chances4Change | event flyer (pdf)
South West – Bristol – 21st March


Gearing up to Local Healthwatch

Thursday 14th March; Central Hall Westminster, London

RAISE are hosting an informal networking event to give organisations in the south east an opportunity to meet with representatives from Local Healthwatch organisations and learn about LHW models commissioned in the area.

More information and booking details are available here.


Forming Great Relationships in Businesses

Wednesday 20th March; Arlington Conference Centre, London

Camden Council and Voluntary Action Camden have announced a workshop, delivered by Business Unusual, for voluntary and community organisations in Camden to help them form relationships with local businesses.

To register interest, please email [email protected], or call 020 7284 6553.


Lay Leadership in Healthwatch and Health & Social Care

Wednesday 20th March; Abbey Community Centre, London

LVSC are hosting a half-day event (9am-1pm) for anyone interested in becoming involved in their local Healthwatch and/or local health and social care. The event will explore championing local health and social care, and the role of Healthwatch.

More information and booking details are available here.


Influencing Health, Social Care and JSNA

Wednesday 20th March; Abbey Community Centre, London

LVSC are hosting a half-day event (2pm-5pm) to provide VCS providers and support organisations to share and develop good practice, and debate issues regarding Local Healthwatch and Health and Wellbeing Boards.

More information and booking details are available here.


Youth Employment Convention

8th – 9th May, QEII Conference Centre, London

Organised by Inclusion and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers, and sponsored by City & Guilds, this conference will bring together professionals and policy-makers to debate, network, plan, and build relationships in the youth employment sector.

More information and booking details are available here.




IHE Seeking Case Studies on Social Causes of Poor Health

The Institute of Health Equality are currently developing an approach to improving public health through ‘social determinants of health’. These are aspects of a person’s life that can have an affect on their health, ranging from subjects like work-related stress, to debt issues, to access to education and healthcare.

To this end, they are currently seeking case studies on the subject from those that have worked on social determinants, such as free body MOTs to promote taking better care of the self, or community centres running adult education courses. Further examples can be found here. The IHE have also published a report on a social determinants-based approach to cardiovascular disease.

If you would like to contribute, please fill out the contribute form, stating that it is for the ‘SDH approach’ project in the description.


Consultation on Direct Payments to Personal Health Budgets

The Department of Health are currently holding a consultation on the adoption of direct payments to personal health budgets, due to be rolled out in the next year, which allow people, such as those with long-term illness or disability, to help design their plan of care and choose which services they would like to receive. Under this new proposal, people with personal health budgets will be able to request their budget as a cash payment to pay for the services in their care plan directly. The Department welcomes views from individuals and organisations regarding the specifics of the direct payment approach. To contribute, please click here.


NHS Commissioning Board Seeking Views on Equality and Health Inequalities

The NHS Commissioning Board is inviting views on the development of a national strategy to promote equality and reduce health in equalities. Topics include diversity in the NHS, listening to views from patients and staff, the collection and use of knowledge, innovation and improvement, and health inequalities. To share your views, please click here.




The Department of Health have published the spring edition of ‘Update’, their newsletter focusing on information regarding the personal health budgets scheme, including the consultation on direct payments mentioned above.


Clinks have published their own version of Volunteering England’s Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit, specially adapted for organisations working in criminal justice. The Toolkit serves an aid for organisations to evaluate the effect of their volunteers.
They are also running a series of free half-day training sessions for the Toolkit throughout April and May.



Featured Member

Our Featured Member this week is the Faith Regen Foundation

The Faith Regen Foundation is a national charity that works to find sustainable employment to the country’s most disadvantaged individuals, including BAME, women and the disabled. The Foundation is Muslim-inspired, but works with people of all faiths to achieve its goals. They run programmes of employability training and confidence building while providing work placements and mentoring. They are also a provider of employability training and English for Speakers of Other Languages for the Department of Work and Pensions.


For more information on the Faith Regen Foundation, please visit http://www.faithregenuk.org