Guest Blog from Rashid Iqbal, CEO, the Winch How might Brexit affect Camden’s For-Impact Sector? At the recent Health and Wellbeing Event for the Voluntary and Community Sector, Sanjay Mackintosh, Director of Strategy at Camden Council, asked what the impact of Brexit might be to help inform the Council’s contingency arrangements. I offered the […]
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This is VAC's blog page. On here you can find a list of interesting articles which were written for our weekly newsletter. All articles have been categorised so if you are looking for an article on a particular subject then use the blog category filters opposite to filter your results. If you have any interesting ideas for the blog, or wish to contribute then just get in touch.
Jake Ferguson, CEO of neighbouring Hackney CVS writes about the Violence Reduction Unit which has been set up by the London Mayor and MOPAC to reduce serious violence in the London through a multi-agency approach. What role can London’s local infrastructure play to reduce youth violence in the capital?
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 […]
Christmas opening times of a selection of Camden organisations and services: Pharmacies Community Centres Camden Council (rubbish, leisure centres and libraries) GP appointments In addition to booking an appointment at your GP surgery over the holiday period, you can book an evening or weekend appointment at one of Camden’s four GP […]
Introduction The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will increase privacy for individuals and give regulatory authorities greater powers. VAC has produced a series of briefings, starting with an introduction and leading to practical guidance for local organisations and has run a series of workshops in Feb/March 2018. Data protection law will change from 25 […]
Making sense of social prescribing Produced by the Social Prescribing Network at the University of Westminster, this is a new document which covers various aspects including – What is social prescribing; why do social prescribing; what do different models look like; what makes a good link worker; what makes a good referral; governance and risk […]
The English health inequalities strategy (1997 – 2010) turns out to have been an extraordinary success A landmark report into the English health inequalities strategy–a cross government strategy implemented between 1997 and 2010 to reduce health inequalities in England. This was one of the most ambitious strategies of its kind ever undertaken and aimed to […]
An interesting article on community and social care from Mark Gamsu who concludes his article with this point: “It is very important that statutory organisations such as big NHS providers, Clinical Commissioning Groups and those professionals funded by the state like GPs understand that it is not good enough to just design pathways that reconnect […]
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 […]