Working with Voluntary Organisations’ Network North East (VONNE), we have been successful in securing funding to be part of the second wave of the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) leadership programme.
The programme is intended to strengthen representation and the voice of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors in the design and delivery of ICPs and ICSs, with the overall aim of improving the health and well-being of our communities.
We are now working together to create a leadership group alliance and are looking at mechanisms for engaging voluntary, community and social enterprise representatives at a local and system-wide level.
As VONNE does not cover North Cumbria we will be working collaboratively with North Cumbria Community and Voluntary Service (CVS). This already has a well-developed networks to support engagement across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors which we can learn from. North Cumbria CVS will be providing a mentoring role in this work through their health partnerships officer and representatives involved in their Action for Health network.
At a kick-start workshop in February, there was enthusiasm for creating a way for the VCSEs to have a stronger and more meaningful voice in the future.
VONNE will now be leading on establishing a health and well-being virtual network across the ICS and ICPs, and developing a leadership partnership/alliance. We will be seeking to ensure VCSE representation on each of ICS workstreams are aligned to our priority themes and clinical networks, focusing on conditions and communities of interest such as CVD, mental health and cancer.