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Community Explorers / Leaders Forum

Macc provides, via the Community Explorers partnership, an opportunity for the voluntary and community sector to work in partnership with Manchester Health & Care Commissioning (MHCC) in health and care service development. The Health and Wellbeing Leaders Forum also provides another route to influence health and wellbeing strategy in Manchester.

Community Explorers
Community Explorers is a network that meets on a regular basis in north, central and south Manchester. It is a partnership between MHCC and Macc, and aims to bring together anyone with an interest in health and wellbeing from across the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector to influence, connect, share knowledge and build relationships.

It is an informal and valued opportunity to collaborate with others whilst sharing information about services and activities and directly influencing some of the key strategies across the city.

North Manchester Community Explorers meet monthly. South and Central Manchester Community Explorers meet bi-monthly as the meetings are alternated with the four bi-monthly Neighbourhood Partnerships supported by the GP Federations. This creates a useful balance between sharing, connecting and influencing at a locality level at Community Explorers, and working practically at a neighbourhood level at the Neighbourhood Partnerships. The Neighbourhood Partnerships also provide a great opportunity to connect with primary care and other statutory health and social care providers at a neighbourhood level. These meetings are facilitated by a neighbourhood GP Transformation Lead.

Community Explorers also have quarterly city-wide events to discuss common themes across Manchester. Recent city-wide events have covered the Manchester Locality Plan, the Population Health Plan and Manchester Local Care Organisation.

Community Explorers creates a space to build relationships between VCSE and public sector staff and work across the usual organisational boundaries to look everything that has a positive impact on health and wellbeing beyond access to healthcare services.

If you would like further information about Community Explorers, please email val.bayliss-brideaux@nhs.net or danielle@macc.org.uk

Health and Wellbeing Leaders Forum
The Health and Wellbeing Leaders Forum was developed for discussion and debate to stimulate collaborative working, share information about policy and practice and identify the key health and wellbeing challenges facing the communities of Manchester. The aim of the forum is to give the voluntary and community sector an opportunity to be informed, involved and have influence on the plans and activities of the Manchester Health and Wellbeing Board (HWBB) and the new devolved commissioning structures in the city.

Through this work, the forum provides accountability for Macc’s Chief Executive to sit on the Manchester HWBB. The forum meets quarterly and membership is open to chief executives or senior representatives of voluntary and community sector organisations who work in the health and social care sector.

Manchester VCSE Health and Wellbeing Leaders Group

As part of the ongoing representation work we are undertaking here at Macc, we are happy to announce that we have convened the first meeting of the Manchester VCSE Health and Wellbeing Leaders Group. This group will become a coalition of the willing, leading on behalf of the wider sector and accountable back to the sector. Senior representatives of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations will form the group’s membership. The ultimate aim is to provide VCSE sector organisations with the opportunity to consider and engage with the work of key public sector bodies in Manchester. This work also involves acting as a critical friend to the wider health and care system across the city.

The Manchester VCSE Health and Wellbeing Leaders Group will have formal responsibilities, and will be focusing on:

• Progressing the Memorandum of Understanding between the Manchester Local Care Organisation and the local VCSE sector;
• Facilitating representation on key boards, steering groups and committees and ensuring there is regular feedback to and from the wider VCSE sector;
• Upholding good practice in sector representation and participation of the sector.

At this time, we are inviting senior representatives of VCSE sector organisations, who can dedicate time and effort to strategic engagement on behalf of the wider sector, to express an interest in being a part of this group.

You can find out more about the Manchester VCSE Health and Wellbeing Leaders Group by downloading the draft terms of reference. The next bi-monthly meeting will be taking place in September.

If you would like more information, or wish to express your interest in becoming a member, please contact Danielle - Health and Care Development Worker at Macc via email danielle@macc.org.uk or call 0161 834 9823.