Finding affordable premises for voluntary and community sector activity is challenging in a borough like Tower Hamlets, where community space is expensive and scarce. Unfortunately this could become even more difficult following recent policy changes by the Council.
This afternoon I sat in on a meeting with the Third Sector Advisory Board (TSAB) as part of my new role as Communications & Research Officer at Tower Hamlets CVS.The TSAB was first created when Tower Hamlets CVS’ (THCVS) predecessor closed down, to ensure there was a direct line of communication between the local Voluntary Sector and the Council. After the re-founding of a CVS in the borough the Board has survived as a jointly-held forum between the Council and the local Third Sector.
This is the response from Tower Hamlets VCS Colleagues to the NHS England Consultation on the future role of the VCS in delivery of healthcare. The submission was developed at a workshop on 29th September.
Over the last few months I’ve been getting out and about - meeting lots of organisations in the borough and attending a number of events where we’ve discussed some of the important issues affecting the sector at this busy time. The big health conversation on the 8th September was a really welcome opportunity for the health sector, voluntary sector and patients to all come together to discuss recent voluntary sector research and consider how the findings from the research will contribute to better health and wellbeing for the borough’s residents.
Tower Hamlets Health Conversation took place this morning and was hailed as the "beginning of a journey" by Jane Milligan, Chief Officer of the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), in her closing remarks.