There is an awful lot going on with what is broadly known as ‘social prescribing’. The term ‘social prescribing’ covers a range of complimentary community led initiatives that seek to bolster health (and the health service) by reconnecting the individual to the community. This simple tactic leverages the power of community and connection to combat […]
Camden’s Health and Wellbeing Board convened an interesting meeting recently to look at tackling obesity and low levels of physical activity among residents in the borough. We started with presentations (pp 10, 11) on the situation in the borough (a surprising number of the over 65s and primary school age children are overweight). We then […]
14th June 2016, by Yvonne My previous experience of mindfulness was; to put it mildly, uninspiring, and had in fact put me off looking further into the subject. But mindfulness has become the latest ‘go to therapy’ for the NHS to use these days and has an important place in slowing down the fast-paced world […]
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.
Supporting Well-Being in Times of Austerity – The Real Value of the Community and Voluntary Sector. Report to Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee from Healthwatch Camden and Voluntary Action Camden.
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 […]
The mental health project was established in 2007 and ended in 2017. Read a summary of the work of the team below Our aims are: to support staff and organisations in Camden to promote mental well-being and prevent mental ill-health to raise awareness of mental health and challenge stigma and misunderstanding; and to improve the range […]
This project is part of VAC’s Health Inequalities work to address issues which contribute to poor health outcomes for Camden residents. Background Health and well-being is a primary focus for both the NHS and Camden Local Authority. Camden has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country and our health profile, though improving […]