Voluntary Norfolk to play key role in new Health and Social Care Assembly

“A friend for life” is how Ronald Bloxham describes North Norfolk health volunteer Richard Fry.

Voluntary Norfolk is to play a greater role in the future of health and social care in Norfolk by developing and managing the new Voluntary Sector Health and Social Care Assembly, working in partnership with Community Action Norfolk, Community Action Suffolk and statutory partners within Norfolk and Waveney’s STP.

The Assembly, which was announced today by Norfolk and Waveney’s Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, is a forum to strengthen the crucial relationship between the voluntary sector and health and social care commissioners and providers.

‘There are thousands of charities, community groups and social enterprises who are actively involved at grass roots level in the health, social care and wellbeing of residents in Norfolk & Waveney,’ explains Lucy Hogg, Head of Communities at Voluntary Norfolk. ‘From carers groups to dementia cafes; from community gardening activities to friendship groups, these organisations, very often run by volunteers, are a powerful collective force for good. The Assembly will be bringing these valuable organisations together to ensure they are more closely involved in the way health and social care services are developed and delivered.’

Patricia Hewitt, Independent Chair of Norfolk and Waveney’s STP, says: “We have over 3000 voluntary and community groups in Norfolk and Waveney that play a vital role in supporting people locally, keeping them well and feeling safe and connected to the community they live in. As Norfolk and Waveney works hard towards developing an Integrated Care System, a keystone of its success is working closely with the diverse voluntary and community sector.”

All constituted organisations based and/or operating in Norfolk and Waveney are invited to be part of the Assembly, and in the first instance should email assembly@voluntarynorfolk.org.uk to be added to a mailing list for information and updates.

For further information go to the Transformation section of the STP’s website.

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