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New Age Games

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New Age Games is a free sport and physical activity programme. Open to Hackney residents aged 50+, the scheme aims to help increase and sustain healthy levels of exercise. The scheme currently provides 21 sessions per week at variety venues across the borough. Please view publicity or visit for further information.



New report on relationships between statutory and VCS mental health organisations

Source By: The Centre for Mental Health

The Centre for Mental Health has published a new report, Arm in arm: The relationships between statutory and voluntary sector mental health organisations, commissioned by the Association of Mental Health Providers. It warns that voluntary and community organisations face numerous financial barriers including reductions in local government funding, short-term and ‘more for less’ contracts, unpredictable and delayed decision-making, and the unintended consequences of national policies.


Based on interviews with both commissioners and providers of voluntary sector mental health support, the report shows that commissioners in both local government and the NHS were keenly aware of the extra value that voluntary and community organisations can bring. But they were frustrated that competition for contracts often stopped organisations from working well together and could lead to some going out of business altogether.


You can download the report here.

Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STP)/Integrated Care Systems (ICS) work – an update from the Voluntary Partnership team

Source By: The Voluntary Partnerships team within NHS England and NHS Improvement

Friday 20 September, 10:30am – 11:30am

This webinar, for the wider Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, will give an update on some of the partnership work that has been happening in STP/ICS around the country which specifically focuses on VCSE engagement. This webinar will include:

  • Introduction to come key programmes, such as Building Health Partnerships and the STP/ICS Accelerator Programme

  • The opportunity to hear the experiences of VCSE Leaders who have been involved in the programme

  • An understanding of the core components for partnership working, from our learning partner NCVO

     Please note that this webinar will not give an introduction to STP/ICS.

    This webinar is brought to you by the Voluntary Partnerships team within NHS England and NHS Improvement as part of a series of webinars promoting the Principles for VCSE Engagement.

Register here for this webinar.

Social Prescribing in London – Webinar Series

Source By: NHS England & Healthy London Partnerships

NHS England and Healthy London Partnership are hosting a services of webinars this autumn to support the spread of Social Prescribing across London, to ask questions about implementation and to share what local areas are doing.  These will be held between 17.00-18.00pm on Monday 2nd September; Thursday 10th October and Monday 21st October 2019.

The webinars will cover:

  • A brief overview of:
    • The NHSE Personalised Care policy context, Long Term Plan commitments, Primary Care Networks and MDT workforce
    • London aspirations and Mayoral commitments
    • Developing Local Shared Plans for Social Prescribing
  • What good Social Prescribing looks like and what Social Prescribing isn’t
  • Practicalities of the Link Worker role; including recruitment, induction, supervision, referral process, peer support, training
  • Sharing best practice from around London
  • Support offer available from London regional facilitators, NHSE resources and online collaboration platform
  • Q&A session [questions to be sent in advance with opportunity to use the chat function on the day]

The webinars will be relevant to Social Prescribing leads in Local Authorities, CCGs, Primary Care Networks, PCN Clinical Directors and VCSE organisations who are involved, or interested in, providing Social Prescribing services.

To register and receive a diary invite to the webinar on your preferred date(s) please reply to with your:




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Please feel share the details of the webinars with your colleagues and relevant partners.

Thank you.

The Dementia Discussions

Source By: City & Hackney Carers Centre

Dementia Discussions is an online information and support project for unpaid carers of people with dementia in City and Hackney. It consists of three elements which aim to help carers prevent, prepare for and manage during times of crisis. There is a monthly live stream Q&A where carers can submit questions for local experts to answer, a practical crisis toolkit (which is available in both hard and electronic versions) and a virtual support group.


The project is open to carers of people with dementia in the City and Hackney. Everything can be accessed online via mobile phone, tablet or computer. Referrals can be made online by visiting our website


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