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 to a range of local, non-clinical services, often provided by the voluntary and community sector. It is most commonly used with patients with a mental health or long-term condition. […]
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has urged the sector to campaign with confidence. There has been much scare mongering over the Lobbying Act but most of the provisions only apply to organisations “where the expenditure can reasonably be regarded as intended to influence the electoral prospects of parties or candidates.” Few voluntary organisations in […]
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 […]
The Beginning About a year ago an inquiry into infrastructure in London was started in response to a decision by London Funders to stop funding pan-london infrastructure in April 2017 – i.e. end funding to London-wide voluntary sector support bodies such as London Voluntary Service Council, London Advice Services Alliance etc. London Funders simultaneously took […]
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 […]
This is a short blog about some attempts in London to look at using digital, data, ideas around the network broadly for social good in civil society – partly stimulated by the Way Ahead report. I’ll try not to bore you – but hold out for the end because there’s a surprise coming courtesy of […]
Quarterly Policy Briefing for Camden Welcome to the second VAC quarterly selection of Policy highlights of relevance to the VCS in Camden. The policy highlights are drawn from a wide variety of sources and may have featured in recent editions of the e-bulletin or have been drawn from conferences, workshops or seminars. Please do give […]
For the last seven or eight years VAC has facilitated a strategic away day for the trustees of Kingsgate Community Centre. There they look at developing a new business plan or reviewing the progress of the current business plan.
Donna Liburd, Director of Kingsgate Community Centre, talks about how the support received from VAC has made a difference to the organsiation year-on-year.
Following VAC’s succesful neighbourhood planning project in Somers Town, Holborn Community Centre approached VAC for some advice on how to start the neighbourhood planning process in Holborn. Nahida Chowdhury, leading the project, talks to VAC about how they used VAC’s help to start involving their local community in the process.
There are two current surveys you can complete – one for VAC service users and members, and one for our strategic partners. Follow the links below to take you to the relevant survey: VAC Communications Survey: Let us know what you think about our communications via email, web, Facebook and Twitter. VAC service user […]