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Health and Wellbeing Alliance

Working together for better health and care

The VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance is a partnership between the voluntary sector and the health and care system to provide voice and improve health and wellbeing for all communities.

The 21 members of the HW Alliance have been selected for their demonstrable reach into a wide range of communities facing significant health inequalities, and their ability to represent the collective views of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.

The aim of the HW Alliance is to:

  • Facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors;
  • Support a two way flow of information between communities, the VCSE sector and policy leads;
  • Amplify the voice of the VCSE sector and people with lived experience to inform national policy;
  • Facilitate co-produced solutions to promote equality and reduce health inequalities.

The HW Alliance will amplify the voice of the voluntary sector and people with lived experience to inform national policy, facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors, and co-produce solutions to promote equality and reduce health inequalities.

You can find out more at www.england.nhs.uk/hwalliance, contact the Alliance by email at [email protected] or use #HWAlliance to join us on Twitter.

The Alliance is funded by the Department of Health, NHS England, and Public Health England.

FaithAction represents the voice of faith groups in the programme, which replaced the Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership programme in 2017. We were a member of that programme since it began in April 2009.

FaithAction builds organisations’ capacity to demonstrate the impact of their work on health and wellbeing, and facilitates their involvement in local decision-making and networks. We work with the health and care system to highlight the issues faced by faith-based organisations and the difference their work makes to health and wellbeing locally and nationally.

All members of the HW Alliance support the development of knowledge and capability in the sector to engage in the wider health and social care reform agenda, and are selected to reflect the views of their members and networks.

  • Age UK
  • British Institute of Learning Disabilities, Learning Disability England, National Development Team for Inclusion
  • Complex Needs Consortium (The National Autistic Society, Sense, VoiceAbility)
  • Carers Trust and Carers UK
  • Citizen’s Advice
  • Clinks, Nacro
  • FaithAction
  • Friends, Families and Travellers
  • Homeless Link
  • The National LGB&T Partnership (LGBT Foundation, London Friend, GMFA, METRO Charity, LGBT Consortium, Birmingham LGBT, East London Out Project (ELOP), Stonewall Housing, Yorkshire MESMAC, BiUK, GIRES)
  • Maternity Action
  • Men’s Health Forum
  • Mental Health Consortia (Mental Health Providers Forum, National MIND, National Survivor User Network, Centre for Mental Health, Rethink Mental Illness, Mental Health Foundation)
  • National Voices
  • National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
  • National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
  • National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), Hospice UK, Marie Curie, Together for Short Lives
  • Race Equality Foundation
  • UK Health Forum
  • Win-Win Alliance (Disability Rights UK, Shaping Our Lives National User Network, CHANGE, National Survivor User Network)
  • Young People’s Health Partnership (Association for Young People’s Health, AddAction, Ambition, Brook, StreetGames, Youth Access)

Our work will be two-way. One, we will input to policy makers and commissioners to encourage an intelligent design of health and social care services, and two, we will give advice and support to faith-based groups on how they can support their community in the area of health and wellbeing.

Daniel Singleton, National Executive Director, FaithAction