Voluntary and Community Sector

Meeting: 
MQT on 2009-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2009
Reference: 
2009/3606
Question By: 
James Cleverly
Organisation: 
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

How do you plan to engage and work with the VCS in order to involve them in reducing health inequalities and ensuring the communities and groups they work with have access to services?

Answer

Answer for Voluntary and Community Sector

Answer for Voluntary and Community Sector

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My draft Health Inequalities Strategy recognises the key role of the Voluntary and Community Sector in reducing health inequalities and promoting individual and community well-being. Future work with the sector will build on the comprehensive approach to engagement so far, which I am pleased to hear has been welcomed by our VCS partners.

We have already begun to act on some of the specific requests from the sector, for example by establishing Community Voices for Health to provide a mechanism for regular dialogue with the VCS, particularly those smaller organisations with limited capacity to engage through more formal structures. We look forward to hearing more from community groups during the consultation and to benefiting from their active involvement in planning delivery and improving the accessibility of public services.

In addition, I urge boroughs and the NHS to invest in the VCS and support their involvement in a wide range of local initiatives with the potential to reduce health inequalities - including local strategic partnerships, 'place-shaping' programmes, the wide range of initiatives on specific issues such as physical activity, and ongoing work to influence health-related services. *