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New VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance will promote co-design with communities

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Hundreds of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations contributed their expertise and experiences to the Joint VCSE Review this year which recommended 28 changes to the way national and local government invests in - and works with - the …

Prevention is better than cure: tips for effective sustainability and transformation plans

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"Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) are becoming a type of ‘planning catch-all’ for the NHS," says Ewan King in his latest blog for Social Care News. The Director of Business Development and Delivery at the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) explains how STPs …

From placements to real places to live - new funding to create more adapted housing

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‘We need to radically rethink how we offer housing and support to people with learning disabilities’ says Alicia Wood, Chief Executive of Learning Disability England, as the Department of Health opens bidding for £25 million of funding to create properly adapted …

Effective support for carers must be built on trust and understanding

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'Caring can be a mixed blessing', says Fatima Khan-Shah, Chair of Investors in Carers, as she introduces a Carers Charter - an initiative designed to help carers and organisations understand each other in the pursuit of improved support for carers, their families and …

How to support, engage and enthuse our volunteers

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As Volunteers’ Week shines a spotlight on those who freely give up their time to support good causes, Chief Executive of the third sector Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) Rhidian Hughes considers how organisations can recognise and maximise the three million plus volunteers supporting …

VCSE sector can foster resilience and inclusivity in our communities

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Late last year, the Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England commissioned a review of the role of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sectors in delivering health and care. The review has an advisory group made …