Tag Archive for: VCSE Health Alliance

Voluntary Sector Network – Notes Meeting 19 June 2024

Junes meeting had a packed agenda with guests Clive Emmett from UCAN talking about “Ticket to Home” and Rob Henchy talking about Fenland District Council’s Help Hub.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough + Voluntary Sector Network – Update Bulletin – July 2024

The July edition of the Voluntary Sector News is here. Please get in touch with Sandie Smith or Debbie Drew if you would like to know more about any of our work. Please pass this on to colleagues who may be interested.

Voluntary Sector Network – Notes Meeting 22 May 2024

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough + Voluntary Sector Network – Update Bulletin – June 2024

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough + Voluntary Sector Network – Update Bulletin – May 2024

Voluntary Sector Network – Notes Meeting 17 April 2024

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough + Voluntary Sector Network – Update Bulletin – April 2024

VCSE Health Alliance – Update Bulletin – March 2024

March 2024

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Voluntary Sector Network

(Formerly the VCSE Health Alliance)

February’s Voluntary Sector Network Meeting

We will have held our February meeting by the time you read this. The meeting will focus on partnerships and consortia and hear from our local organisations about the benefits and processes of collaboration. We are exploring different ways we can encourage joint working. If you have any ideas or questions on this please do let Sandie know. The notes from the meeting will be available on the webpage.

Voluntary sector showcase day

We have set up a day of online sessions for our members to showcase what they do. There are 11 sessions, each is about 30mins long. This has been amazingly popular so we will look at repeating it later in the year. If you want to learn more about the work of your colleagues, you can see the sessions on offer and book your space here:

Organisation Showcase-Thursday  March 14th – sessions through the day 9.30-3.45 (office.com)

Project proposals

Thank you to everyone who has sent us their project proposals. For newer members, this is to help us develop a library of proposals that we can use for those pots of money that come through at short notice. The layout of the questions on the form has been designed to encourage collaboration. We have decided to keep submissions open-ended, so please ask Debbie if you would like to receive the template.

Healthier Futures – feedback survey

ICB colleagues are keen to hear about your experience of applying to the Healthier Futures Fund. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. Your feedback will be used to make the process better in future.

Healthier Future’s Fund experience survey (office.com)

Voluntary sector strategy

‘Working together for a better future’ is the Integrated Care System’s strategy for working with the voluntary and community sector [1]. The strategy, drafted with input from many members and with support from NAVCA, was published in 2022. NAVCA is now supporting us with a strategic review. This will bring together outputs from our branding engagement exercise and quality assessment, with the final revised strategy and supporting action plan expected this autumn.

Coming soon……

The Network Steering Group are working on final tweaks to our new brand and the community grant scheme is now progressing, after a short unavoidable delay. News on both will be released soon.

Voluntary Sector Network meetings

Here are the dates of our future meetings, please do put them in your diary.

  • 17th April 1-3pm  Peterborough
  • 22nd May 10am-12pm  – St Ives Corn Exchange
  • 26th June 1-3pm  –  Zoom
  • 24th July 1-3pm   –  In person venue TBC
  • 11th September 9.30-11.30am  – Zoom
  • 16th October 10am-12pm  –  In person venue TBC
  • 13th November 1-3pm   – Zoom
  • 11th December 9.30-11.30am   –  Zoom

See here for more information about the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Voluntary Sector Network. You can also find the notes from the February meeting on this page.

Spread the word!

Last but not least, please pass this newsletter on to your team and other groups and organisations who may not yet be Voluntary Sector Network members. Anyone wishing to join should email Debbie Debbie@huntsforum.org.uk.

[1] ICS-VCSE-strategy.pdf (supportcambridgeshire.org.uk)

Voluntary Sector Network – Notes Meeting 28 February 2024

VCSE Health Alliance – Update Bulletin – February 2024

February 2024

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Voluntary Sector Network

(Formerly the VCSE Health Alliance)

New name and new steering group

You’ll notice the new name at the top of this bulletin, we are now the ‘Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Voluntary Sector Network; Together for Healthier Communities’. Please bear with us as we go through the changeover period; we’ll be updating the webpage and producing some new publicity materials with our new brand.

Not only do we have a new name, but we also have merged our Partnership Development Group and our Representatives Group to form a new Steering Group. This group will make key decisions, work alongside members, and be responsible for leading our strategic review later this year.

January’s Health Alliance meeting

We were delighted to have a good number of members join us at March Library for our January meeting. Andrea gave us an overview of how the Integrated Care Board, Integrated Care System and Integrated Care Partnership work. We discussed how the voluntary sector fits with this and how we can increase our profile. Learn more about this by watching Kit Connick’s last year’s explanation to a Trustee session.

The meeting also heard from Michael at Cambridge CAB about how the Health Alliance data project is progressing and from Health Alliance reps about the work they have been doing. Our next meeting is online and will focus on building partnerships and consortia. See below. We hope to have more information about our community grant scheme very soon.

Raising the profile of the voluntary sector

The template for the ICB internal and external newsletters has been circulated to our members. Please do take up the offer. The more that we can showcase the fabulous work of the sector the more we can build knowledge and awareness of our value across statutory partners. Keep up with all the news from our ICB by signing up for their newsletters here. Debbie can send you the template if you missed it the first time around.

Quality workshops

Thank you to everyone who has signed up for our quality workshops. There are still places available for the Ely workshop on 15th February. We are offering £200 for attendance and preparation. Please note that this will be paid to your organisation. Contact Debbie to book your place.

At the workshops, we will assess our maturity using a Quality Development Tool, a process developed by our sector with support from NHS England. The main point of this is to co-produce an action plan that will take our Network to the next level of development.

Health and Wellbeing Network

February’s Health and Wellbeing Network will have a digital focus. With the increased use of digital communications and the changeover of landlines to digital by the end of 2025, what impact will this have on the people we support? Will Plant (CCC Digital Strategy), Karen Igho (Healthwatch community researchers’ findings) and Rosie Veitch (library services) will discuss the current picture and the support/options that are available. Book your place here for 13th February: https://forms.office.com/e/BeQPiLyjN4

Health Alliance meetings

Here are the dates of our future meetings, please put them in your diary. If you would like to suggest a theme please contact sandie@huntsforum.org.uk. We are also keen to get members to Co-Chair meetings on their theme of interest.

  • 28th February 9.30-11.30 Building partnerships Zoom
  • 17th April 1-3 Health Alliance business Peterborough
  • 22nd May 10-12 Theme St Ives Corn Exchange
  • 26th June 1-3 Health Alliance business Zoom
  • 24th July 1-3 Theme In person venue TBC
  • 11th Sept 9.30-11.30 Health Alliance business Zoom
  • 16th October 10-12 In person TBC
  • 13th November 1-3 pm Health Alliance business Zoom
  • 11th December 9.30-11.30 Zoom

See here for more information about the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Health Alliance. You can also find the notes from the January Health Alliance meeting on this page.

Spread the word!

Last but not least, please pass this newsletter on to your team and other groups and organisations who may not yet be Health Alliance members. Anyone wishing to join should email Debbie Debbie@huntsforum.org.uk.