In Camden and right across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted health differences that excessively affect people from Black, Asian and other ethnic backgrounds and those with disabilities. In partnership with the NHS, Public Health and VCS collaborators Camden Disability Action and Camden Healthwatch; the Health Inequalities Network aims to develop and deliver initiatives […]
Social Prescribing is a phrase that covers all sorts of work that connects health service users with their community. We launched a Social Prescribing Learning Network in 2019 for all the groups and organisations involved. This is a perfect opportunity to find out more about the social prescribing initiatives in the borough and how we […]
Social Prescribing Learning Network Briefing Transformation in health and social care….. in a nutshell. By Donna Turnbull, Community Development Manager at VAC. This is a quick attempt to summarise the policy context for Social Prescribing……unsurprisingly it involves a tsunami of titles and initials. But within all that is the expectation Voluntary and Community Sector […]
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.
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.
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.