Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE)

The VCSE sector is an important partner for statutory health and social care organisations and plays a key role in improving health and care outcomes for its communities, not only by delivering services but also by shaping their design and advocating for, representing and amplifying the voice of service users, patients and carers.

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Humber and North Yorkshire VCSE Collaborative

The Humber and North Yorkshire Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Collaborative represents the wider VCSE sector and comprises of Place Leads from VCSE sector infrastructure organisations, the NHS, and the VCSE Collaborative staff team.

The VCSE Collaborative sits within the governance of Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership and is equal to the other Collaboratives of Mental Health, Primary Care, Acute and Community. Find out more about our work below and in our introductory video.

News

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Good Conversations – Free webinar for VCSE workforce 

Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Network (YHPHN) is providing a free webinar to all VCSE organisations across Humber and North Yorkshire. Find out more via the link above.

20 June 2024

Discounted Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) opportunity for VCSE organisations

Access discounted Employee Assistance for your VCSE organisation through the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership, delivered by CiC Wellbeing.

15 June 2024

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Read the latest newsletter from the VCSE Collaborative

The latest newsletter from the VCSE Collaborative is now live and includes information and resources for the VCSE sector relating to health and care in our region.

31 May 2024 

Training and Events

Have a burning question this Pride month but not sure who to ask? Join LGBTQIA+ staff network chairs from across the country for a virtual question and answer (Q&A) session about all things sexual orientation, gender identity and beyond…

Questions can be asked in the session or submitted beforehand, anonymously if you’d prefer, using this online question form. There’s no need to book to attend, you can join the session on the day using this joining link.

Dementia Forward’s Community Education Coordinator, Fiona Andrews, will be running an online dementia awareness session looking at Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia and how these dementias start and progress. She will discuss how communication is affected and look at preventative measures we can all take to reduce the risk of dementia in later life.

To sign up and for Zoom details, please click here.

Yorkshire and Humber Public Health Network (YHPHN) is providing a free webinar to all VCSE organisations across Humber and North Yorkshire. An important focus of the webinar is on conversations relating to modifiable health risks and the social and wider determinants of health, such as loneliness, poverty, poor living conditions and financial debt.

There are a number of different dates to choose from, starting in September. Find out more about the course and book your place on the YHPHN’s website here

The role of the VCSE sector in Integrated Care Systems

A report, commissioned by NHS England explores the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector’s unique role in supporting provider collaboratives.

Key highlights from the report, include:

  • VCSE organisations are in a unique position to support provider collaboratives and that as a sector we bring innovation, expertise, experience and resources to the table. 
  • It is key for VCSE organisations to be engaged as early as possible to help us to be recognised as transformational strategic partners within provider collaboratives.
  • It is important to identify dedicated budget and resource to support the VCSE sector in playing an active part in provider collaboratives.
  • Through partnerships, we can represent communities rather than individual organisations.
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As a sector we bring innovation, expertise, experience and resources to the table. 


Humber and North Yorkshire VCSE Collaborative

Our People

Gary Sainty - Head of VCSE 

Jason Stamp - (Chair) Chief Officer, Forum 

Alison Semmence - (Vice Chair) Chief Executive, York CVS 

Jane Colthup - Chief Executive, Community First Yorkshire

Jamie Lewis - Chief Executive, Hey Smile Foundation

Jennifer Jonhson - Delivery Manager, Sector Support North East Lincolnshire Partnership

Lucy Stephenson - Chief Executive, Citizens Advice North Lincolnshire

Sam Haward - Head of Community Services, North Yorkshire Place

Erica Daley - NHS Place Director 

Penny Butcher - VCSE Programme Manager 

Drew Richardson - Strategic Volunteer Lead 

Beckie Deamer-Brooke - VCSE Business Support Officer 

Anna Boad - VCSE Collaborative Communications Lead
Meet the VCSE Collaborative Staff Team

Our Programmes of Work:

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Green Social Prescribing

Green Social Prescribing helps connect people with the outdoors and nature, bringing with it a huge range of mental and physical health benefits.

Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership has recently completed its work as a ‘test and learn’ site for Green Social Prescribing, one of only seven sites across England. 

A huge amount of learning has been captured, alongside valuable evidence that shows the significant impacts that outdoor and nature activities can have on those with mild to moderate mental ill health.
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Research Report: Contribution of the VCSE sector

The VCSE Collaborative commissioned a report, produced by Durham University, which outlines how Humber and North Yorkshire's VCSE sector continues to provide a lifeline to people and communities at a grassroots level. 

The 2023 report shows that there are an estimated 13,790 VCSE sector organisations (registered and unregistered) across Humber and North Yorkshire with an economic value of £1.5 billon and estimated value of £3.5 billion when considering added and social value. 
Read the research findings
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Skill Up – Community Organisers Programme Pilot 

Creating space for black, Asian and minoritised ethnic people is vital for the continuation of support provided by historically white institutions. That’s why the VCSE Collaborative commissioned an upskilling and community organising development programme specifically for black, Asian and minoritised ethnic community organisers called ‘Skill Up’. 

The focus is on upskilling and developing peer support networks to help tackle some of the challenges and barriers that exist around Hull and 
North Lincolnshire.

Useful links for the VCSE sector

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Free Personalised Care training for your organisation

Equip your staff and volunteers with the knowledge, skills and confidence to help individuals get more involved in decisions about their care. 

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Inclusive Language Guidance now available to download

This document has been co-developed in partnership with a diverse group of colleagues to improve confidence around using inclusive language.

Download Inclusive Language Guidance
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Did you know you can access free training for your staff and volunteers?

Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership has a full programme of free events and training that all VCSE sector staff and volunteers can access. 

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Featured Programmes

To view all of our programmes click here.

We want to create more efficient hospital-based services for people who need them, making the best use of the resources and workforce across our system to plan and deliver hospital care.

We want to help more people to survive cancer and support people in our region to live well with and beyond cancer.

We aim to ensure that people in our region are able to access advice, care and support in an urgent or emergency situation.

Working together to improve elective (planned) care locally is a key priority for the Humber and North Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership.

We want to create more efficient hospital-based services for people who need them, making the best use of the resources and workforce across our system to plan and deliver hospital care.

Climate change poses the most significant long-term threat to our health, not to mention our planet. The Greener NHS programme will work with staff, hospitals and our partners.