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Voluntary Sector Assembly Upcoming Event

Social Prescribing in Manchester - A VCSE manifesto

Monday 30 March
1.30-4.30pm (Registration from 1pm)
GM Fire and Rescue Service Training and Development Centre

Social prescribing (Be Well) is now operating across Manchester. A core element of the social prescribing model is linking people with long-term needs to neighbourhood organisations and assets, many of which are VCSE organisations.

It is good that the value of the VCSE sector is being recognised by the statutory sector as essential to people’s health and wellbeing. However, this is also highlighting a number of issues including;

  • Lack of capacity in the VCSE sector
  • One-way referrals
  • Inequality of access to VCSE support across neighbourhoods
  • Inequality of access to VCSE services for the diverse communities of Manchester
  • Poor information sharing
  • Role of city-wide VCSE sector

The aim of this Voluntary Sector Assembly is for the VCSE sector to discuss and agree what it wants and needs in order to increase the impact and effectiveness of social prescribing. Together we will write a manifesto which will be presented by representatives of the assembly to senior representatives of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning and Manchester Local Care Organisation.

Join us for an afternoon of discussion and debate to help shape the future of social prescribing in the city.

Draft agenda
1.30pm                 Introduction 
1.45pm                 Overview of social prescribing in Manchester – Cordelle Mbeledogu, Consultant in Public Health Medicine
2.00pm                 How it is working in practice/lessons learnt so far – Heather Etheridge, Head of Service - Be Well
2.15pm                 Q&A for Cordelle and Heather
2.25pm                 Break
2.40pm                 What needs to happen next – Nigel Rose (Macc), Ed Cox (Levenshulme Inspire)
2.55pm                 Table discussions – shaping key messages to form social prescribing VCSE position manifesto
4.15pm                 Summary and closing remarks
4.30pm                 Close

In order to ensure representation from a wide range of VCSE organisations across Manchester, we are asking for people to register their interest initially. Click here to register