To increase the range and level of contact between Civil Society Organisations, local businesses and the local statutory sector there are a number of cross-sector initiatives taking place across Camden.
- Developing Relationships between the Private Sector and the Voluntary and Community Sector
- Providers and Commissioners Forum
- Camden Clinical commissioning Group Board
- Camden Voluntary Sector Strategic Forum
- Collaborative Working Register
Developing Relationships between the Private Sector and the Voluntary and Community Sector
VAC, representing the TLI partnership, has been working with Camden Council and a company called Business Unusual to run three seminars for the voluntary and community sector on how to develop effective working relationships with private sector companies. Each seminar has the capacity to cater for 25 participants. These seminars are to be followed by a networking event for representatives from 25 businesses and the 25 representatives from the voluntary and community sector (having attended the seminars). The aim is that a robust corporate social responsibility relationship will help underpin the development of more cross sector working and the development of models of joint service delivery.
Providers and Commissioners Forum
VAC, representing the TLI partnership, has been working with the Children Schools and Families Division of Camden Council to develop and support quarterly forums that cater for both service providers (public, private and civic society organisations) and commissioners. The aim is to break down barriers between the sectors, increase the levels of awareness of the respective strengths and weaknesses of each stakeholder and to promote a joint approach to the development of policies and procedures that safeguard and promote the attainment of social value. Topics for discussion range from the Social Value Act, collaborative working, outcome based commission and how to effectively demonstrate outcomes in a contract relationship.
Camden Clinical Commissioning Group Board
VAC, representing the TLI partnership, has been working with the CCCGB to promote community involvement in the health agenda. This work has culminated in the funding of a project, Health Inequalities Communities Involvement Hub. The project is now in the process of recruiting local residents to train as volunteer health mentors. The health mentors will then work within communities to target those people who are known not to access existing health provision and as a result have a less favourable health profile. The health advocates will work to sign post people to existing services and work with GPs to develop new forms of service delivery within the community and in partnership with community organisations. The intelligence gathered by the health advocates will also be fed into the work of the CCCGB with the aim of influencing future service provision which in turn will tackle the vast health inequalities that exist in the borough.
Camden Voluntary Sector Strategic Forum
VAC, representing the OMD partnership, has been working with Camden Council on the Camden Voluntary Sector Strategic Forum. The forum is a vehicle through which the voluntary and community sector and officers from Camden Council can meet to discuss issues of strategic importance, share information and promote joint working between the voluntary and community sector, private sector and statutory bodies.
Collaborative Working Register
VAC, representing the OMD partnership, has been working to develop a Collaborative Working Register for organisations wishing to collaborate with others on specific projects or work-areas. Experience has shown however that people are not inclined to register in a formal manner. Organisations do approach VAC to secure partners for specific bids. Here VAC plays an informal facilitating and supporting role. The drive to develop a formal register would be strengthened if VAC could be given advance notice of forthcoming tendering opportunities.