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This is the second in a series of virtual events for colleagues and other stakeholders from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate to talk about community resilience before, during Covid-19 and moving forward. For this event on 9 October, we’re going overseas to celebrate community resilience in other countries too.
Cultures and communities around the world, including here in the UK, face different challenges, injustices and inequalities. Our guest speakers will talk about community resilience around the world and how different communities work together and with others to tackle those challenges, injustices and inequalities.
The event will be chaired by Hilary Thompson (SRO for our 'Harnessing the Power of Communities' Programme).
Our guest speakers include:
Manuchehra Shaknamova - CEO of civil society organisation 'Development of Folk Crafts and Young Designers' Dushanbe, Tajikistan);
Sam Dhanjal (Sikh Elders Service Manager, Leeds);
Charles Khaula - CEO of non-governmental organisation - Association of People with Physical Disabilities, Malawi.
An organisation led by people with disabilities working to enable people with disabilities to access their rights; and
Peninah Wangari-Jones - Director / community organiser / facilitator / anti-racist activist at the Racial Justice Network UK.
You can read more about our chairs and guest speakers in the Community Resilience Event Programme and Agenda.
The speaker presentations from the event can be found here
For those who have registered on Eventbrite, the event will take place via Microsoft Teams. If you haven’t used Microsoft Teams before, this guidance explains how to join. If you haven't registered to attend, you can still watch live on the day.
Information about previous events, plus the presentations, which you can watch back 'as live'.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership are delighted to allocate over £500,000 to thirteen voluntary and community organisations across the area. The funds will be used to support community organisations, working together with health partners, to support those that have been disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Following an assessment with input from a number of perspectives, including public health, community sector, and partnership colleagues, final decisions were reached.
The West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership's Harnessing the Power of Communities Programme have published their latest report, titled ‘Third Sector Resilience: Before and during COVID-19’.
Working closely with over 300 voluntary and community organisations across Bradford district and Craven; Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield, the report sets out the impact of COVID-19 on the sector and the communities they support. A life line too many of the 2.7million people living across the area; community groups, charities and voluntary organisations have been delivering vital services for years, including the renewed focus in recent months to those in need of vital help, including the 111,000 people who are shielding.
Building on the long term work of the VCS across communities, the report highlights that for many charities and community organisations their future is now uncertain. Financially they are under pressure and for many digital capacity is a barrier to their work.
Over 300 VCS organisations employing over 7000 members of staff and thousands of volunteers, responded to the WY&H survey. Of these organisations 55% do not expect to be financially sustainable beyond the end of 2020. Many of the organisations who took part in the survey also cited digital exclusion as a challenge in their work, impacting on their ability to reach some of the most at risk and isolated communities. Positives highlighted in the report include the fast tracking and flexibility of service commissioning and delivery between health, local authorities and the VCS, meaning services can respond quickly and everyone works together to make things happen at greater pace.
The Partnership has also enabled its priority programmes of work to align funding for VCS provider collaboration, for example the new Grief and Loss Support Service and ‘Keeping people with a learning disability or autism connected to vital support during Covid-19’. £500,000 of funding has also been made available to voluntary and community organisations to help tackle the impact on people’s health affected by Covid-19, with funds being announced also to support Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership report: Third Sector Resilience - Before and during COVID-19
Calderdale VCSE resilience report
Our vision is to establish a new relationship with our communities built around good work on the co-production of services and care.Our intention is to support people to greater self-care, prevent ill-health, and the implementation of the Five Year Forward View to join-up our community services.
In order to establish our Harnessing the Power of Communities leadership group, Terms of Reference (ToR) have been developed to describe the purpose, scope and governance of the group. The ToR is the roadmap to deliverying our strategy by identifying key partners, their roles and responsibilities and committment to the programme.
You can also read more in our ‘VCS2020’ strategy.
Working alongside our communities is an important part of our partnership - seeing the people we serve as assets. Working alongside local communities, ward councillors, council colleagues, voluntary community organisations and many others is essential if we are to fully understand the real value of early help and self-care.
There is a wealth of expertise across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and communities are better placed than us to know what they need and to make positive change happen. If we are to genuinely work alongside communities as equal partners, then we need to change our relationships and build trust. We have good leadership from the voluntary sector, and we are attracting support from Healthwatch, NHS England, Nurture Development and National Voices to help us to think about our next steps.
To make sure our work adds the greatest value possible and supports existing projects and groups across the area we started with a number of design workshops in the summer of 2019. The aim of these were to agree a shared set of principles and a common understanding of what we mean by ‘communities doing more for themselves’, ‘co-production’, ‘asset based community development’, ‘co-design’ etc., and what the shared ambition for working with communities should be. This includes:
DIAL Leeds is led by people with lived-experience of long-term conditions who go that step further to sustain support and help people navigate the system, for example supporting families and individuals who are waiting for a tribunal hearing where waiting times currently stand at 49 weeks.
They are providing tailored, peer-led support for people with disabilities and/or long-term conditions who are relying on foodbanks in North Leeds and are an over-represented group among foodbank users.
Many people of the people they support are in crisis and coping with income shocks (benefits-related issues, Universal Credit and financial difficulties) which negatively impact on their health and wellbeing.
Support from the Harnessing Power of Communities Grants grant has enabled this weekly, trusted and valued peer-led support service to be re-established at the Moortown foodbank following a 7-month gap.
As a result of this grant, 33 people have been supported around their physical, emotional and financial health including 24 disabled adults, 1 disabled child and 2 carers.
This support has been life-changing for a number of their beneficiaries. For example, a man who had moved into an empty council flat with no furniture or household items, following the breakdown of his marriage, was supported by DIAL Leeds to obtain basic furniture (bed, sofa, dining table and chairs) by raising £20 to pay for a local furniture services’ admin and delivery fees.
This has improved his general and mental health allowing him to not get worked up and angry because “no-one was listening to him”.
Volunteering has always made a significant contribution to supporting peoples’ health and wellbeing – including their mental health. In recent weeks, we have seen clearly how volunteers have been an inherent part of the response to the covid pandemic.
Our report Investigating volunteering in mental health settings, based on research conducted just before the covid pandemic, highlights how volunteering benefits the health and wellbeing of both the volunteer and those receiving support, and looks at the things we can do differently to build on existing work as we move forward.
Read about how the community and voluntary sector is helping people in West Yorkshire and Harrogate during the covid pandemic - just look for the 'Community heroes' section on our Coronavirus information and resources page.
During this year's Volunteers' Week (1 to 7 June 2020), we celebrated the difference volunteers make. Read volunteers' own stories in this bulletin and on our volunteer stories page here.
West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership held an event on Tuesday 21st May 2019 at Kala Sangam in Bradford to discuss the impact of the NHS Long Term Plan on our communities and, specifically, how the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) can work in partnership with other parts of the system to support some key actions within the Long Term Plan around mental health, social prescribing, admission avoidance at A&E and VCS delivery as part of the primary care network model.
We will also be sharing the work from the Harnessing the Power of Communities workstream within the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and how each of our 6 places (Bradford District and Craven, Calderdale, Harrogate, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield) have invested money in VCS-led activities. And an update on the peer support workforce development programme and the Building Health Partnerships projects taking place in Calderdale and Wakefield.
Read the final report from the event
View or download the presentations from the event