Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations play an important role in improving the health and care of people in local communities.
They help the Integrated Care System to make decisions that reflect people’s needs. They also deliver services for people across our area, often for people who would otherwise not get the help they need. In doing so, they help to reduce health inequalities in Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
VCSE Role in COVID-19 response
The whole of the Integrated Care System has worked together during the Coronavirus pandemic.
VCSEs were critical in making sure that people had the right support during the crisis. Their volunteers offered practical support for isolated people, such as those with disabilities and the elderly.
Volunteers offered emotional support to those experiencing mental health issues. They worked with vulnerable communities to ensure they could access information, social connections and meet their basic food, shelter and their health and wellbeing needs.
VCSEs strengthen strategic decision making. They help to shape how we deliver services and reach those most at risk of poor health outcomes and reduced life expectancy.
Our Communities Together Programme
Our Communities Together Programme works with the VCSE sector.
The programme helps to make changes. It identifies new opportunities for VCSE sector organisations to help shape services and decision making. It gives the VCSE the chance to challenge the way health and care works so that services are more inclusive and accessible.