The VCSE sector in Wiltshire is a vibrant and diverse body of people and organisations doing fantastic work. The efforts of the sector brighten, strengthen and enrich the lives of thousands of people but in the current financially austere environment those in the sector who provide health and social care support to people often find themselves in a relationship with statutory providers of services.
This interaction in some cases is not as good as it could be and there is often a sense that the Sector is being ‘done unto’ rather being engaged as a partner in a common goal.
Around the UK some areas have overcome the ‘them and us’ problem by moving towards a relationship of co-production. Co-production is an equal relationship between people who use services and the people responsible for services. They work together, from design to delivery, sharing strategic decision-making about policies as well as decisions about the best way to deliver services.
At the 2017 VCSE Forum we would like to ask the question: “Why can’t it be like that here?’’
The forum, organised by the Wiltshire VCSE Strategic Engagement Group (SEG), will take place on: Friday 8th September - 9.30am to 2.00pm at the Corn Exchange in Devizes and includes a light lunch.
Our guest speaker will be Clenton Farquharson MBEChair of Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) and National Lead on Co-Production. We will also be joined by Alison Eliott, Lead Transformation Consultant, Health and Social Care Wiltshire Council.
Register for the event:
Community First has launched a digital campaign with the ambitious aim of achieving a million volunteering miles in 2017 through the Wiltshire Link and Community Transport service.
The campaign called #OneMillionMiles hopes to recruit new volunteers for the 45 Link schemes and 21 community minibus groups across the county, who offer a lifeline for older or vulnerable people with limited access to transport.
There are around 2,000 volunteers in Wiltshire and Swindon who are involved in supporting local Link (volunteer car driver) schemes and community minibus groups, making it one of the most successful community transport schemes in the country. Despite this, demand is growing and more volunteers are needed to support the service.
Recognition for Wiltshire's volunteers and young people - via 2016 Awards
Pictured L to R back: Ginnie Keen (Youth Action Wiltshire volunteer fundraiser), Andy Devey, Alex Flinders (Aldbourne Youth Council), James Ballard, David Wilson (The Brunel Shed), Rhys Stevens, Geoff Holstead (Selwyn Hall), Caspar Helmer, Chris Morgan, Linda Curtis and Ron Young of Ramsbury Community Transport.
L to R front: Doreen Drew, Rosie Grant-Wilson and Charlotte Wilson of Nexus Project, Alfie-Lee Hughes (Winner of Young Carer under 12 award), Katie Heather, Zoe Radford and Kerry McKenzie (Winner of Young Carer over 12 award).
Community First has over fifty years’ experience in supporting communities in Wiltshire. The organisation is supported by the vital work of volunteers – and has this week recognised the amazing accomplishments of the community volunteers and young people that it works with - via annual awards.
To find out more - visit our Community Development page.