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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 …

Personalising support for people living with autism

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Sean McLaughlin is one of two ADASS leads on Autism and Learning Disability. The fourth autism self-assessment questionnaire, currently with local authorities for completion by 17 October 2016, provides Sean with an opportunity to reflect on progress. ADASS (the Association …

A society that respects, values and supports carers

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With the call for evidence for the new Carers Strategy now closed, Heléna Herklots, Chief Executive of Carers UK, reflects upon what carers may want to see from the new strategy. Carers UK’s vision is of a society that respects, …

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 …

Listening to the lived experiences of carers is a privilege

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Yvette Wetton works for Healthwatch Essex as Carer and Engagement Coordinator. It’s her job to reach out to unpaid carers to ask them about their experiences of caring for friends and loved ones. As our call for evidence continues into the …

New Winterbourne View report reflects on progress made and challenges ahead

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Sir Stephen Bubb, tasked with leading the work into establishing stronger safeguards and support for adults with learning difficulties after the scandal of abuse at Winterbourne View, has published his latest and final report: Time for change: the challenge ahead. …

Takeovers and takeaways - listening to the voice of young people

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The Children's Commissioner's Takeover Challenge has been a timely reminder of the merits of inviting children and young people to participate in and challenge decisions about their care and the way services are designed around them. It was recently the …

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 …