At West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership we value the contribution of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector across all areas of our work and at all levels of decision making and delivery.
Our Harnessing the Power of Communities Programme works with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, acting as a catalyst for change, facilitating new opportunities for voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations to better engage in shaping services and decision making, and challenging the ways we work in health and care to ensure greater inclusivity and accessibility in commissioning and service provision.
Community Resilience Virtual Events
'Stronger, Healthier, Better Together' is series of virtual events giving colleagues and other stakeholders from across West Yorkshire and Harrogate the opportunity to share thoughts and learning around community resilience before, during Covid-19 and moving forward. So far, we have hosted three events and welcomed over a dozen diverse guest speakers to share their experiences. You can watch the webinars watch live here on our website, and recordings of previous events are available to watch on the previous events page.
Community Power and the NHS
An NHS that harnesses the power of communities, and recognises and builds on existing community assets will bring greater connection, trust and help identify and deliver local solutions to tackling health inequalities and improving population health.
A stronger connection with communities would bring a greater understanding of their health and wellbeing needs. It would give insight into simple and effective community based solutions – often delivered at primary care level and by voluntary and community groups rooted in communities – bringing cost effective and simple solutions to the range of therapies for long term conditions, mental health issues, pain management and so on and reducing demands on GPs and primary care services. Community power can enhance the engagement of those communities least likely to access mainstream health services and boost trust and confidence.
Helping people deal with feelings of grief and loss
As the pandemic has progressed, it has become clear that in addition to some people experiencing the death of people they care about, or care for, in difficult and painful circumstances, many are feeling the impact of a loss of a way of life, normal contact opportunities, social and work interactions. Restrictions may also mean that the usual practical and emotional support people can physically get from family, friends, faith groups, community groups during difficult times may not be there.
The West Yorkshire and Harroage Health and Care Partnership Grief and Loss Service aims to bolster the local place offer by offering information and advice and, where appropriate, signposting into local place based services for specific counselling or other support. The service is a free telephone helpline that operates 8am-8pm, 7 days a week and online chat facility.