A critical point in time - health and social care devolution in Bolton.

We're at a critical point in time following the invesment of £28 million in order to transform, develop and strengthen health and social care support in Bolton through the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership's Transformation fund.  Over the past 18 months, Bolton CVS’s team and local partner organisations have been working hard to ensure that Bolton's voluntary and community sector has an active role and voice in health and social care devolution and transformation, both locally and at Greater Manchester level.

The team at Bolton CVS have worked tirelessly to promote the social value and importance of Bolton’s voluntary and community sector to decision makers locally.  We’ve talked about the 1,000+ voluntary and community groups and organisations working with 32,000+ volunteers who contribute more than 100,000 volunteering hours each week in Bolton.  You can watch the video ‘from the grassroots up’ promoting volunteering and the value of the sector here in Bolton - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijUF_Jj_oio&feature=youtu.be.

In addition, Bolton CVS have presented examples of outstanding work and impressive impact delivered by a range of voluntary and community sector groups and organisations.  We've also recently collaborated with key partners on kick-starting the 'Bolton Social Value partnership' with Bolton at Home, Bolton Council, Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group and Bolton Foundation Trust, and you can get involved in this work through a series of workshops planned for the coming months through the Bolton Vision 2030 programme.

Bolton CVS have led work in partnership with public sector partners and Healthwatch Bolton on ensuring that co-design principles are at the core of our partnership activities in Bolton.   We are striving to ensure that staff, volunteers and people who access services are all involved in the design, delivery and development of local health, care and other services; creating this as the blueprint for the future.

In partnership we've influenced the public sector to ensure that 'equity' is applied to relationships and that the role of volunteers and indeed the voluntary and community sector is valued and understood – and we’re making progress; but there’s a lot more work to do.

Bolton CVS have ensured that opportunities for participation for voluntary and community sector providers are open across emerging structures around health and social care locally.  This has included promoting opportunities on the Population Health and Prevention Group and the Co-design Group; all of which have active voluntary and community sector providers involved.

Our strategy and priorities have remained clear throughout this process;

            ⁃          building capacity in the voluntary and community sector in Bolton.

            ⁃          investing in prevention activity (in its broadest sense) through grants and investments in the voluntary and community sector in Bolton.

Bolton CVS have continued to keep the sector informed of developments through our Health and Wellbeing Forum, the Voluntary Sector Forum and through a range of participatory workshops and events, as well as through our website, other communications and of course the weekly e-bulletin.  Please make sure that you attend our briefings and events where possible and read our communications and e-bulletins so that you can stay informed of opportunities to influence, get involved, shape and also deliver projects, support and services.

Over the next few months Bolton CVS will be working with our partners across the voluntary and community sector on the implementation of the Community Asset Navigators approach; a voluntary and community sector led programme of prevention and connectivity with health and social care. 

If you'd like more information on where the Locality Plan is up to in Bolton and the opportunities for voluntary and community sector groups and organisations, please come along to our voluntary sector briefing session (you can book on here: https://www.boltoncvs.org.uk/civicrm/event/register?id=342&reset=1) on Tuesday 9th May 2017 from 09:30am – 10:30am at the Bolton Hub, Bold Street, Bolton, BL1 1LS.

Best wishes, 

Darren.

As always, if as a member of Bolton CVS or as a voluntary and community sector group or organisation active in Bolton you feel that there's more that we can do to engage your staff, volunteers, trustees and beneficiaries; please let us know; info@boltoncvs.org.uk.