Community development and working with the voluntary sector
Developing strong partnerships with the local voluntary and community sector (VCS) is at the core of our engagement approach. The local VCS deliver a range of wellbeing support to our communities and we often commission engagement through these organisations recognising the strong relationships they have with local people and the important role they play in improving health and wellbeing. We always work closely with Islington Council to ensure that we have a joint approach and can share best practice and learning.
As an organisation we are keen to develop the engagement we undertake into community development. Our aim has been to develop an approach where we can work with patients and residents to assess their needs, but also to uncover the amazing skills and strength found in local communities which can be harnessed to improve wellbeing. Through this approach we seek to empower local communities (geographical communities and communities of interest or identity) to build projects that help people to recognise and develop their own abilities and potential. We work to establish strong communities that control and use assets to promote health equality and help improve the quality of life.