Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System

Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System

The VCSE Assembly

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector across Norfolk and Waveney is large and varied. There are 3,645 registered charities, 220 community interested companies and 124 societies with their registered offices in Norfolk and Waveney.

There are also many informal VCSE organisations, often referred to as ‘below the radar’ groups. Previous research has suggested a medium estimate of below the radar groups is 7.5 per 1,000 of population. This would suggest Norfolk and Waveney has 8,250 of such groups bringing the total number of voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations to be in the region of 12,000.

In January 2019, the NHS Long term plan was published, with a key priority to join-up health and care services. In April 2022 Norfolk and Waveney is due to become an Integrated Care System (ICS), bringing NHS organisations together with partners in local government and the VCSE sector to provide more joined-up care for people.

Through the ICS infrastructure, we will collectively plan, coordinate and provide high quality services that improve the health and wellbeing of the local population, and tackle inequalities. The VCSE sector are an essential partner in delivering these ambitions.

Since 2019, VCSE organisations across Norfolk and Waveney have been working in collaboration with health and social care partners to develop a VCSE Assembly. This aims to provide a more meaningful, effective and equitable partnership, to strengthen the relationships between the broad range of voluntary, community and social enterprise groups and organisations operating across Norfolk and Waveney, with local health and social care commissioners and providers.

Norfolk and Waveney VCSE Assembly

In 2021, the Norfolk and Waveney VCSE Assembly was formally established, with the following overarching functions:

  • To provide a VCSE engagement forum across Norfolk and Waveney, with a focus on health inequalities and prevention, with connection at neighbourhood, place, and system levels.
  • To provide a mechanism to support collaborative design of services and the capability to respond to emerging needs.
  • To increase influence and participation of VCSE organisations and groups in the design and delivery of health and care services within the ICS.

Find out more about the work of the VCSE Assembly.

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