By Fiona Ellison, Voluntary & Public Sector Campaign Manager, Step Up To Serve
By Brendan Hill, Chief Executive, Concern Group
The interim report published in March ably illustrated the sector’s abilities and provides examples of some great work, as well as highlighting some good local approaches where proactive organisations (VCSEs, foundation trusts, local authorities and CCGs) are developing local solutions. It also highlights the barriers preventing greater utilisation of the VCSE sector’s expertise. Below I’d like to explore the key challenges both for commissioners and VCSEs. Continue reading
There are strong links between the current priorities of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and the key themes of this review. This post focuses on the social and economic importance of improving health and well-being outcomes for excluded groups, the need for partnership working at the local level, the role of the VCSE sector in reaching and supporting those most at disadvantage and how the NHS should optimize the involvement of the VCSE sector. Continue reading
It was always inevitable that the grants vs. contracts debate would rear its head in any review about statutory funding to the sector – as the Financial Sustainability Review highlighted, grants from government are at an all time low which inevitably prompts questions about what this means for charities on the ground. But it shouldn’t be a debate about one versus the other – sustainable funding needs a mix of funding sources and for us, we really worry things have gone too far one way. Continue reading
By Nancy Towers, Social Enterprise UK.
The Health and Social Value programme is a three-year programme, funded by the Department of Health and delivered by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR). What can it tell us about delivering social value in health and care?
If resources and demand are ever going to be brought into harmony, healthcare systems need to move away from the ‘factory model of care and repair’. This is the welcome dialogue that has prevailed in the context of creaking budgets, rising demand and increasingly complex needs.
So far this has resulted in some much-needed reflection and inspection of the role voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations should play in these systems—not least in the context of this review. But despite great leaps in progress, there is still more to do if we want to make the most of the opportunities that these conversations present. Continue reading
Bev Taylor, Volunteering Development Manager, Public Participation Team, NHS England
I can’t help thinking that it would be great to develop the Strategic Partner Programme in new ways and harness the considerable resources of strategic partners to directly support the VCSE sector with the considerable challenges that the health and care system presents.
Alex Fox, Shared Lives Plus
What will happen to community groups, charities and social enterprises providing health and social care services during austerity? Today we launch the second phase of the VCSE Review, so have your say. Continue reading
Sian Lockwood, Community Catalysts
Sian Lockwood welcomes two new reports from Birmingham University and Think Local Act Personal. Together they start to evidence the benefits of community micro-enterprises. Continue reading
Roxanne Ohene, Step Up To Serve (originally posted March 2015)
#iwill is a collaborative UK-wide campaign with cross-party and cross-sector support which is led by HRH The Prince of Wales with the aim of making social action a normal part of life for 10-20 year-olds by the year 2020. Continue reading