Strategic approach to commissioning for prevention

Sian Lockwood, CEO Community Catalysts

I thought that the best way to illustrate the way in which imaginative commissioners are drawing upon the gifts and talents of local people to deliver preventative services for people with health needs is to tell the story of one inspirational community entrepreneur, John Baly. Continue reading

Building long term and holistic outcomes into statutory systems

By Paul Streets OBE, Chief Executive, Lloyds Bank Foundation

At Lloyds Bank Foundation, we support charities working with people facing multiple disadvantage. For these people, holistic interventions are central to long term success and we regularly see what this looks like through the charities we support. Room to Heal in London, providing holistic support to refugees and survivors of torture, is one such example whose success has been recognised through our Charity Achievement Awards this year.  As their application said: “It didn’t take us long to realise that it is futile offering counselling to someone who has no bed for the night, no lawyer to fight their case, or no money to buy food. Our therapeutic and casework teams work hand in hand to support each individual through the unique, myriad challenges they face.”  Treating people as individuals, rather than statistics means they do not easily fit into a box. Service providers need to be able to adapt to emerging needs and tailor their support for the individual. As a funder, this is something we look for in the charities we support, but in statutory systems this has proved much harder to achieve. Continue reading

What we’ve heard so far

Alex Fox, CEO Shared Lives Plus and Chair of the VCSE Review

Since August we’ve been busy meeting with the VCSE sector to gauge your views on our consultation questions.  Across the country at face-to-face meetings, in online events and through our two consultations we’ve heard some really thoughtful contributions.  We want to share here some of the key messages we’ve received so far.  Remember, there’s still time to contribute views and shape the future of health and social care as the consultation closes on 6 November.  Continue reading

A challenge shared…

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