Voluntary Services and Charities

We work closely with a number of other organisations and charities to address health inequalities and achieve better health and wellbeing for our residents.

You can find some examples below: 

Brentwood Council for Voluntary Service (BCVS) and Basildon Billericay and Wickford Council for Voluntary Services (BBWCVS)

We work with local Councils for Voluntary Services (CVS) to build better relationships between the health system and voluntary sector

Diabetes UK

The CCG works closely with Diabetes UK to support service developments, improvements and patient education such as our Living with Diabetes Days. We are fortunate in having Malcolm Bigg,  chair of the Brentwood Diabetes UK Group and the Diabetes UK Service Champion for south Essex, as a member of our Patient and Community Reference Group.

Care Navigator Partnership - Basildon and Brentwood

Our Care Navigation is delivered by British Red Cross and Provide. 

Care Navigation is about increasing the role of social prescribing in GP practices.

Social prescribing recognises that many things may affect your health and well being. GPs tell us that many people visit them feeling isolated, lonely or stressed out by money, work or housing problems. These are issues that can't be fixed by doctors and medicines alone.

Your GP or a health professional may suggest referring you to the Care Navigator Partnership. If you agree, you will be contacted by a link worker who will discuss ways to manage your health in a way that suits you.

This might be: 

• Being introduced to a community group
• Lifestyle management
• Helping you to find a volunteering opportunity
• Advice and guidance on issues like housing, welfare benefits and accessing statutory services
• Increasing personal resilience, boosting confidence and decreasing any feelings of social isolation
• Signposting to appropriate other services

We receive regular feedback on client outcomes.

Essex Local Delivery Pilot

Essex is one of 12 pilot areas selected by Sport England to develop new approaches to building healthier, more active communities with around £100 million of National Lottery funding being invested in the pilots over the next three years to help people from communities move from inactive to active and change their lives for the better.

There are high levels of physical inactivity in Essex, particularly in the areas of greatest need and deprivation. 

Basildon is one of three locations in Essex chosen to test new whole system approaches to increasing participation in sport and physical activity.

Basildon and Brentwood CCG is one of 20 organisations that have come together to work with Active Essex on the pilot and tackle the worst social and health inequalities in the county.

For more information see https://www.activeessex.org/essex-local-delivery-pilot/

Brentwood Community Print

Brentwood Community Print is a community interest company which exists to help people who are in recovery from mental illness.

It provides structured work and training in graphic design and print a safe and caring environment helps our clients to rebuild their confidence and self-worth.

Basildon and Brentwood CCG has actively engaged with Brentwood Community Print to develop the Community Tree for both Basildon and Brentwood. Community Trees bring together partners and voluntary sector organisations to help promote and facilitate signposting.

Capture community tree

VERVE

St Luke's Hospice, Basildon, runs a group called VERVE – Valuing Local Diversity and Enhancing Patient Experience Raising Public Awareness and Visible Equity in End of Life Care.

This working group is formed of faith leaders, local police, people from different ethnic backgrounds, the homeless charity St Mungo's  and people with a learning disability. The group raises awareness of end of life care within the community and they attend local festivals and community events.

Basildon and Brentwood is an active member of VERVE and supports their events during Dying Matters Week and for Day of the Dead 

 

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