The latest joint publication from the Local Government Association (LGA) and Volunteering Matters focuses on the need for ever closer relationships between public health and the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors.
The report entitled New opportunities and sustainable change states:
Both national and local government view the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (the VCSE) as a vital partner in placing prevention at the heart of health and care services, and supporting local communities to take a greater role in promoting health and well-being. Particularly at a time of decreasing resources, it is seen as essential that the skills and capabilities of the sector are recognised and supported. The key message must be that public health has a major role to play in this.
The key themes of the report are:
- A better and more robust understanding from public health about the benefits of working with the VCSE sector
- More effective partnering between public health and the VCSE sector
- Ensuring that existing Compacts are kept alive and active
- Ensuring that VCSE involvement in strategic planning in public health initiatives is critical
- That Commissioners and providers begin to co-design solutions to the challenges of public health
- Better procurement processes are put in place to rationalise contracts and ensure the best possible outcomes
- An understanding of community led public health models which put people at the centre of the public health agenda.
The full report can be read here