Norfolk and Waveney’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership has today announced plans to convene a Voluntary Sector Health and Social Care Assembly, a forum that will further strengthen crucial relationships between health and social care commissioners and providers, and the broad range of voluntary, community and social enterprise groups and organisations operating across Norfolk and Waveney.
All constituted organisations based and/or operating in Norfolk and Waveney are invited to express their interest in being part of developing the Voluntary Sector Health and Social Care (VSHSC) Assembly, which will provide a formal, collective interface between the voluntary sector and health and social care. The Assembly will work with and complement the existing established forums and communication channels across the voluntary sector, and will report to the Health and Wellbeing Board for Norfolk and Waveney.
Patricia Hewitt, Independent Chair of Norfolk and Waveney’s STP, says: “We have over 3000 voluntary and community groups in Norfolk and Waveney that play a vital role in supporting people locally, keeping them well and feeling safe and connected to the community they live in. As Norfolk and Waveney works hard towards developing an Integrated Care System, a keystone of its success is working closely with the diverse voluntary and community sector.”
“Agreeing to convene a VSHSC Assembly is an important step towards making voluntary and community groups and organisations of all sizes full partners in the Integrated Care System as it develops,” Patricia continues. “NHS and care staff do a wonderful job looking after us when we are ill or need care, but they can’t do it all. Helping people stay as healthy as possible, supporting people who are lonely and tackling disadvantage and inequalities needs all of us to get involved.”
Over coming months, Voluntary Norfolk will support the development of the VSHSC Assembly, working with local VCSE infrastructure partners Community Action Norfolk and Momentum (as part of Norfolk County Council’s Working Together framework), Community Action Suffolk and statutory partners within Norfolk and Waveney’s STP.
To support its development, Tony Osmanski, Chair of East Coast Community Healthcare CIC, has been appointed as Interim Chair of the VSHSC Assembly. Tony said: “I’m passionate about the difference that voluntary and community groups make to communities, and the value they bring in tackling our health and social care challenges. I ask all organisations and groups that are interested in being part of the developing Assembly to contact us and get involved.”
Voluntary sector organisations can sign up to receive information and become part of developing the VSHSC Assembly, and begin to receive the latest news and information from the world of health and social care.
For more information, visit www.norfolkandwaveneypartnership.org.uk/our-work/system-transformation/voluntary-sector-assembly