The Community Health Advocates project is part of VAC’s Health Inequalities work to address issues which contribute to poor health outcomes for Camden residents. VAC recruits and trains local people to volunteer in Camden GP practices. These Community Health Advocates promote community based services and activities that contribute to a healthier lifestyle.
Millman Street Resource Centre offers a wide range of social activities like Tai Chi, computers, art and crafts, singing, gardening, yoga and much more to the over 55’s.
VAC’s Volunteer Health Advocates, as well as signposting people to services, get feedback about community based health and wellbeing activities. If something looks popular in the data collected the volunteers follow it up to discover more about what that organisation is doing that people like so much. Castlehaven Community Association’s programme for older people came […]
Peter Simonson, a local Camden resident, began volunteering with VAC in April 2014 on the volunteer Heath Advocacy Project. Here Peter tells us about the difference the project is making in the community, and how volunteering has helped him gain valuable skills in the public health field.
Matthew Upton is the Strategic Lead for Engagement and Consultation for Camden council and has been working with VAC on the Community Researchers Enterprise and the setup of the Healthwatch organisation. Here Matthew gives his perspective on how collaborative working with VAC has been beneficial for the council – and in particular local Camden communities.
The African Health Forum provides health services to the African community and African organisations and helps to raise the profile of the needs of these communities back to key policy and decision makers. Chickwaba Oduka, Trustee of the African Health Forum, talks to us about how her organsiation has benefited from VAC training on ‘Mental Health First Aid’ and a […]
Paul Larkin, from the Camden NHS Mental Health Intensive Outreach Team has been working to heighten awareness about BME groups within his team. Paul has been working closely with VAC to reach out to ‘hard-to-reach’ BME communities in Camden. Q. What is your role at the NHS trust? Camden is such an ethnically diverse borough. […]
“One of VAC’s strengths is their stability and knowledge. They’ve been here a long time, they’re well-known. They don’t have a big turnover so people know them. Therefore you get the benefits of trust; you get the benefits of reach.”