There is a great deal of interest currently in the role of the vcs and civil society in Health and Social Care. There are a number of reasons, an ageing and unhealthy population costs more and is unhappier. And as the balance shifts from a young working population to an older, less healthy population public […]
Health Advocates Blog
On this page you can find out all about the Community Health Advocates project by reading stories written by our health advocates and project partners.
This is a page of relevant links, case studies, policy briefings and other relevant resources about early intervention, social prescribing and similar activites. 0000
With my experience being a volunteer previously, I believe it is a great way to use your free time to learn, gain experience, upgrade skills and to meet new people (expanding your network).
In late January I attended the inaugural Social Prescribing Network Conference held in central London and hosted by the University of Westminster, College of Medicine and the Wellcome Trust. Social prescribing is not a new idea – it is a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs […]
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.
In early September I met with Diana Young the WellFair Project Coordinator at the West Euston Partnership. Diana provided an overview of the work carried out under the auspices of the WellFair Project. “The Project is a partnership between the Bengali Workers’ Association, Green Light Pharmacy, Fitzrovia Youth in Action and the Third Age Project […]
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.
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 […]