VCS Enabler

VCS Enabler

VCS Enabler links the health system and the VCS in City and Hackney by providing opportunities for groups and organisations to connect and communicate, ensuring the inclusion of smaller groups.

We work with the community to identify issues and co-design community-led solutions in forums. We hold strategic groups that enable partners to share insights and expertise. We’re passionate about the VCS having an equitable voice in shaping priorities at place-based board level. We’re proactive and responsive, achieving change through these principles:

  • Convene: Forums and spaces for City & Hackney change-makers to identify solutions
  • Amplify/Advocate: Key issues faced by VCS organisations and their clients at place-based meetings
  • Resource: Community members through coaching, training, spaces to convene and funding
  • Effect change: Shape policies and inform strategies to address health inequalities at key ICS and place-based board meetings

Come along to our Coffee Mornings to network, build relationships, and find out about new projects in the community. We’ll also share updates on strategic and resident priorities.

Our Coffee Morning in Hackney takes place on the 4th Wednesday of the 2nd month of the quarter 9:30-11:30am at Hackney CVS, The Adiaha Antigha Centre 24-30 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AZ. In 2024 the dates are Wednesdays 28th February, 22nd May, 28th August, 27th November 2024 9:30-11:30am.

Our Coffee Morning in City of London takes place on the 2nd Tuesday of the 2nd month of the quarter 9:30-11:30am at Portsoken Community Centre, 20 Little Somerset Street, London E1 8AE. In 2024 the dates are Tuesdays 13th February, 14th May, 13th August, 12th November 2024 9:30-11:30am.

Please check on our website for the latest updates on our events here.

The VCS Leadership Group is made up of over 20 VCS leads, who aim to ensure expertise of the VCS sector is recognised and integrated into the ICS. Our aims are to: Influence and support system change on behalf of the VCS in City & Hackney Lever more resources into the VCS with increased usage and evidenced outcomes for residents Develop and deliver strategy Be the strategic lead of the diversity of the VCS and to be accountable to the wider VCS.

We convene a range of strategic groups for VCS organisations to address the health and community needs of City and Hackney residents. Each group meets bi-monthly or quarterly and are open to anyone who provides health, care or wellbeing support to the community.

  • Hackney Advice Forum: enables advice agencies and those involved in advice work to share, learn and develop effective ways of working together
  • Hackney Refugee and Migrant Forum: brings together refugee and migrant community groups for collaborative and partnership working
  • Learning Disabilities and Autism SG: ensures that services treat clients with dignity and access to earlier diagnoses
  • LGBTQIA SG: works to equitable access and representation in services, whilst addressing homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • Mental Health SG: aims to reduce waiting lists and improve access to quality care, whilst addressing crisis and preventable suicides
  • Sexual Health SG: amplifies community-led initiatives which address unwanted pregnancy, STIs and HIV prevention.

Please register on our event booking page.

The Health and Social Care Forum (HSCF) is a network of voluntary and community sector groups with an interest in Health and Social Care. Meetings are open to any interested individuals or groups. HSCF aims to ensure:

  • The VCS perspective is heard in the Health and Social Care planning and commissioning of services.
  • We have accountable and supported VCS representatives in Health and Social Care planning and commissioning meetings.
  • The VCS have opportunities to network and share good practice.
  • The VCS have access to quality information on local & national policy, planning and funding that will assist them to deliver quality services

In February 2023, Berni Graham was commissioned to create an independent evaluation of the first 2 years of the VCS Enabler Programme. It has helped us to understand the benefits to the health and social care sector, particularly VCS and statutory partners towards the same objectives, and recommendations for developing the programme for future years. You can read the VCS Enabler Independent Evaluation Report June 2023 by clicking this link or read the Executive Summary by clicking this link.

Upcoming groups