24 July, 2017
 
Following a rigorous bidding process, The Green House is delighted to have been offered the purchase of St Agnes Lodge in St Pauls, Bristol. Supporting anyone affected by sexual abuse, the organisation has seen a 300% increase in demand for its counselling services over the last 3 years. Moving to the new site will provide vital additional space enabling The Green House to support over 500 men, women, and children each year.
 
Michelle Windle, Director of The Green House, said:

 

Personal Health Budgets are giving people choice and control and transforming health and wellbeing outcomes.  Find out how and what the voluntary and community sector can do to help ensure people can access and make the most effective use of Personal Health Budgets by joining our free webinar at 11am on 26 July. This 60 minute session will also set out some of the ways that VCSE organisations can collaborate with their local CCGs to make Personal Health Budgets work for people.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 26 July, 2017 -
11:00 to 12:00
13 July, 2017

 

Bristol City Council’s commissioning process for drug and alcohol services (formerly known as ROADS) was given the go ahead by last week’s Health and Wellbeing Board.

Full details of the final commissioning plan, tenders and timetables can be see here: https://www.bristol.gov.uk/social-care-health/substance-misuse-treatment-services-tender

Voscur’s involvement and facilitation of VCS participation in this process has resulted in some positive changes:

28 June, 2017
 
Bristol Mayor, Marvin Rees has said that regrettably, cuts to council services are inevitable. However the public can have a say on how they will be made.
 
A series of consultation surveys and events (running from June - September 2017) will give you the chance to contribute to the process. 
 
16 June, 2017
 
NHS England has drawn upon expertise from the VCSE sector and other groups to update its guidelines around involving people in their own care. 
 
This encouraging development suggests that the NHS is serious about “listening to what our communities have to say about what works and doesn’t, and supporting people to make healthier choices”. 
 
There is a wealth of evidence to support the idea that giving people more control over their treatment and care results in better outcomes: 
 
16 June, 2017
 
If your organisation is working to support children and young people with emotional health issues you can promote your services in a helpful, one-stop directory.
 
The Emotional Health Directory of Services for Children and Young people, developed by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group and Bristol City Council, aims to be the single 'go to' place for information about children and young people’s emotional health in Bristol.
2 June, 2017
 
A race to the bottom to deliver public sector contracts for less is causing a crisis in the relationship between charities and the state. A recent report by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) found that two-thirds of charities have used money from charitable donations to subsidise key services they provide on behalf of the public sector.
 
2 June, 2017

 

This General Election, VCSE organisations working in Health and Social Care can get the latest updates from all political parties, along with policy analysis, thanks to a helpful tracker from the King's Fund.

18 May, 2017

 

Bristol City Council is now consulting on the Bristol Behaviour Change for healthier lifestyles programme, which is designed to meet the needs of people in the city who wish to change their lifestyle behaviour.

This programme represents a significant change to the current service provision for the lifestyle factors of diet, smoking, physical activity, alcohol and the NHS Health Check programme.

This is an opportunity to add the experience and expertise of the VCSE sector to the conversation.

How to take part

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