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Norfolk: effective engagement with Health and Wellbeing Boards

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Norfolk’s Voluntary Sector Engagement Project plays an important role in ensuring that Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) discussions benefit from voluntary and community sector (VCS) experience and expertise. The partnership allows the HWB to deliver its aim of effective and transparent design and development of policies, programmes and public services that meet the needs of individuals. It is particularly influential in tackling some of the impacts of welfare reform, selecting priorities for mental health services, supporting the Joint Strategic Needs Analysis (JSNA) and contributing to integrated service planning.Norfolk’s Voluntary Sector Engagement Project, funded by the Health and Wellbeing Board, continues the strategic integration of the voluntary sector started through the original Compact agreement.

Health check: why our sector matters for health and wellbeing

Last month saw the launch of a major joint review into the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector’s contribution to health and wellbeing. The review will consider whether partnerships between government and the sector are operating in the most effective way possible and how they might work better in future.

Southwark Commission gives early action approaches a boost

A couple of months ago, Southwark launched its independent Early Action Commission. The benefits of “early action” – shorthand for the idea that helping people to manage health and wellbeing issues is better than managing a crisis later on – are widely accepted. Yet until now, translating this into concrete action has not been straightforward.

In this blog post, we look at why early action matters so much, what is happening in Southwark and what the future holds for early action approaches.

Just what the doctor ordered? Social prescribing and partnership working

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about social prescribing.

With a number of pilots showing promising results, and more and more areas exploring how such a system could work for their communities, there is no doubt that social prescribing is one of the topics of the moment. 

But what exactly is social prescribing, and what implications does it have for partnership working? 

Evaluating the impact of criminal justice interventions

The Justice Data Lab is a project run by the Ministry of Justice, supported by New Philanthropy Capital and Clinks. It provides an evaluation service to help criminal justice organisations assess the effect of their interventions on reoffending rates.

Refreshing our local Compact to reflect the new commissioning landscape

In this guest blog, Leonie McCarthy, Chief Executive Officer of Peterborough Council for Voluntary Service (CVS), talks about some of the issues considered when refreshing the Peterborough Compact, and how it is intended that the new agreement will help voluntary organisations and commissioners to work together.

Responding to consultations effectively: Tips for voluntary organisations

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This short guidance has been developed following discussions with representatives from a range of government departments.  

These short tips aim to help voluntary organisations to respond effectively and efficiently to any departmental consultation, ensuring that their voices – and those of their service users – are heard and listened to.

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