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Improving awareness of autism in Redbridge

Autism Ambassadors

Autism Ambassadors and Redbridge Autism Awareness Roadshow are projects designed and delivered by young people with autism, using funding from Redbridge Council and management support provided by local charity Sycamore Trust. Through working in partnership with the local authority and other organisations, these projects have increased understanding of the issues affecting people with autism and have led to significant improvements in the accessibility of local services.  

Creating a space for cross-sector dialogue in Warrington

Warrington Voluntary Action

In seeking to improve their relationship with the local voluntary sector, Warrington Borough Council created the new post of Third Sector Partnership Development Officer (TSPDO). The new role, managed jointly by the council and Warrington Voluntary Action (WVA), coordinates a Third Sector Network Hub, which hosts meetings of strategic importance to cross-sector relationships and ensures a positive dialogue is maintained between the council and the voluntary sector. These innovations have led to improved practices in how the council works with the voluntary sector, and a refreshed local Compact.

Sunderland Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Project

Often, people disadvantaged by a range of multiple and complex needs, such as poverty, poor housing and mental health problems can’t see their circumstances improving. The MEAM project in Sunderland builds on existing partnerships between the council, Clinks, Mind and Homeless Link to provide more flexible and coordinated services by changing cultures and policies. The project has made a significant impact in turning lives around, reducing homelessness and reducing statutory costs.

Partnership working in Hackney delivers integrated support for vulnerable people

By working in partnership with a range of multi-disciplinary teams from across the public and voluntary sectors including GPs, the Clinical Commissioning Group and local NHS Foundation Trust, One Hackney & City is able to offer vulnerable individuals responsive and high quality support and services so that they can safely remain in their own communities. 

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.

          
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