The first of our networking event was held in March, bringing together commissioners and voluntary groups in the borough, providing an opportunity for the sector to start preparing deeper partnership working. The agenda looked at:
- The Joint Strategic Needs Assessemnt and how this can support commissioning bids with Georgia Ramirez – LBTH Public Health
- The Community Commissioning framework with David Freeman
- Healthy Lifestyles programme for children and young people, and adults with Sukhjit Sanghera
- Transformation programme with Jon Owens
- Updates from mental health by Justin Phillips and drugs and alcohol with Dezlee Dennis
We had some great pitches from a number of local groups who are looking to work in closer with others and presented great pitches.
Our VCS presenters covered the three lifecourse workstreams outlined in the THT priorities - Born and Growing Well, Living Well, and Complex Adults and Aging Well.
Born and Growing Well
Shirley Serber from Food Talk, who deliver work around early years, maternal, childhood obesity and supporting local communities are looking for partners than can enhance joint services with their food game. They are also looking for partners to apply for local funding and/or research studies.
Maddy Evans from Women's Environmental Network are looking for organisations to collaborate on events and campaigns, collaborate on funded projects, and those who want to share resources and making connections.
Safia Jama from Somali Integration Team talked about the need for services and projects to take account of how they will meet the needs of the Somali communities in the borough and some of the barriers experianced currently by community members accessing services.
Complex Adults and Ageing Well
Many Molyneux from Neighbours in Poplar have developed programmes for clients in their hubs and client homes. They are looking to provide more virtual skype, face to face time, social media and fun learning circles. They want to identify appropriote partnerships to make this a reality - for example, financing a tutor.
Joe Ellis from Alzheimers Society talked about a peer-led project working with carers, which produced a handbook for carers that focused specifically on their needs as a carer of someone with Alzheimers. They are looking for partnerships to update the handbook, and secure funding for printing, promotion and marketing.