News: Health and Wellbeing
In times of uncertainty and challenge, it’s crucial our most vulnerable are cared for. Particularly through the significant crisis we're in through the Covid-19 epidemic, we have a societal duty to ensure no one falls through the cracks.
For asylum seekers, day-to-day life is characterised by insecurity, as despite having fled persecution and pain in their home countries, arrival in the UK can mark the start of a new chapter of difficulties. From isolation to impoverishment, a multitude of obstacles often stand in the way of a stable existence.
Jane Hartley, Health and Wellbeing Associate, provides an overview of the recently launched NHS Long Term Plan and responses from the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
The NHS defines social prescribing as:
‘enabling all local agencies to refer people to a ‘social prescribing link worker’ to connect them into community-based support, building on what matters to the person as identified through shared decision making, personalised care and support planning, and making the most of community and informal support’.
Guest post from Brendan Hill, CEO of Concern Group.
This guest post from Stuart Dexter originally appeared on the Clore Social Leadership website.
In this guest post from our Bronze Membership+ Supporter Youth Homeless North East, Kevin Gonzalez Perez introduces their new project about youth loneliness.
What is the best way to build a safe space for those who feel lonely? Simple, bring together young people and architects. Their imagination will do the rest.
Is that all? Some pens and paper will also help, and don’t forget pizza!
My latest update from Linkedin (and, yes, congratulations Martin for 10 years working at Newcastle CVS) for some reason reminded me of the exercise I had to do at the interview for my job here at VONNE. I was asked to draw up a voluntary sector health and wellbeing manifesto for the election. I’ve had a quick look to see what’s changed. The NHS has issued their own Guidance on Grant Giving (for which many thanks) but everything else still seems pertinent today. So, here it is, in its entirety. Feel free to disagree and add your own ideas and wishes.
October seems to have been the month for regional health related events. I went to three and whilst I heard and learnt a lot I was left with several questions I thought I would share with you.
The first event was about Parity of esteem. Making sure that we are just as focused on improving mental as physical health and that patients with mental health problems don’t suffer inequalities, either because of the mental health problem itself or because they then don’t then get the best care for their physical health.