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Sometimes when you're right in the middle of something—say, completing a project or working to resolve an issue—you can assume that everyone knows what you've been doing. Essentially, you can think that everyone knows what's in your head! This is especially true for those of us who, like me, struggled at school—we assume everyone knows what we know, as we seem to know so little! All this means that sometimes the people closest to us are the last to hear about a good thing. So, to that end, let me tell you about a significant partnership that you, our members, ought to know about. We're currently in FaithAction’s tenth year of working with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) as the voice of faith into health, wellbeing and social care. In that time, the programme has changed name and we have reapplied to remain part of it. In fact, the department itself has also changed—both in name and structure. Today, we work not only with the DHSC but also with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement. This partnership is known as the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance (and found as #HWAlliance on Twitter). FaithAction joins…
NCVO released the latest in its Time Well Spent series today. This edition focuses on volunteering in the public sector. The overall picture is positive but research reveals areas for improvement to allow public sector volunteering programmes to fulfil their potential, says NCVO. People giving their time to public services, such as hospital and library volunteers, police specials, magistrates and school governors, are less satisfied with their experience than those giving their time to charities, new research has revealed. One in four (24%) say that their experience is ‘too much like paid work’. Levels of satisfaction are strong among public sector volunteers but they are more likely to report that their experience is too bureaucratic and less likely to feel a sense of belonging to the organisation they’re volunteering with. Public sector volunteers were also more likely than charity volunteers to plan to quit their volunteering, the research reveals. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), which represents charities and volunteering, said that public sector volunteering holds immense potential to make a difference, that these were not insoluble problems and that all public sector organisations can aim to meet the standards of the best when it comes to benefiting from the…
Black and minority ethnic cancer patients have been telling NHS England how staff across the NHS could help improve their experience of care. This is an important area as people from BME backgrounds consistently report poorer experiences via their annual Cancer Patient Experience Survey, the latest of which is currently underway across the country. They have produced three short training videos so that staff can hear, direct from patients, how improvements could be made in the areas of communication, dignity and bias. Peter Williamson, who leads the research, explains the project in his blog: www.england.nhs.uk
If you work in a charity or social enterprise and want to understand if your activities help people feel less lonely, then this guide from What Works Wellbeing is for you. In order to get the most of this guidance, they expect you to know a little bit about evaluation and how to gather and analyse data about your project. If you’d like more help with planning your evaluation, you can find some advice and guidance at KnowHow Nonprofit and Better Evaluation. Because loneliness is related to many aspects of our life, you may also want to know how your activities can improve the overall wellbeing of the people you work with. They will cover some recommended wellbeing measures briefly in this guide, and you can find more detail about these in their online guide on Measuring your Wellbeing Impact. For more information and to read the guide, please visit whatworkswellbeing.org
PHE’s Healthy Communities Team have today published Community-centred public health: taking a whole system approach. They have conducted research into current practice across local systems and have produced a suite of resources which are intended for use by local authority, NHS and VCS decision makers, to help them to improve the effectiveness and sustainability of action to build healthy communities, and embed community-centred ways of working within whole systems action to improve population health. These resources include: a briefing paper with a summary of the findings; a blog for Public Health Matters on GOV.UK; a presentation on the main findings, a collection of practice examples, and a list of alternative whole system frameworks vailable through the PHE online library.
"I believe that there is a significant and positive role for faith communities to play in the support of mental health."
"I pledge to support faith groups in my community to become Friendly Places which welcome and support those struggling with their mental health."