Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent VCSE Healthy Communities Alliance

Does your organisation support health and wellbeing in communities across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent?

There is a national commitment for Integrated Care Systems (ICS) to work closely with the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector. VAST and Support Staffordshire have been working together to facilitate this locally and The VCSE Healthy Communities Alliance has been formed as the structure to make this happen.

The new VCSE Healthy Communities Alliance enables local VCSE sector organisations to form a robust and meaningful working relationship with Health and Care System partners.

Three place-based forums, along with thematic forums, form The VCSE Healthy Communities Alliance across our ICS.

  • Stoke-on-Trent & North Staffordshire VCSE Healthy Communities Forum
  • South-West Staffordshire VCSE Healthy Communities Forum
  • South-East Staffordshire VCSE Healthy Communities Forum
  • Mental Health Forum (North)
  • Mental Health Forum (South)
  • Social Prescribing Advisory Group
  • VCSE Children & Families Forum

The purpose of the forums is to:

  • Increase the health equity of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent communities through community-based approaches.
  • Provide a strong collective voice for the role of the VCSE sector and bring VCSE sector knowledge, skills and expertise to address health inequalities.
  • Provide a recognised governance structure through which ICS partners shall engage, consult and empower VCSE organisations enabling involvement in our health and care system on an ongoing basis.
  • Provide the recognised legitimate means of both mandating and supporting individuals to act on its behalf, as Representatives, in attending and voicing VCSE perspectives and insight at formal ICS boards and steering groups.

The forums themselves include VCSE and statutory partner members to help build relationships and share challenges, solutions, and expertise.

To find out more about how to get involved please contact [email protected] or  [email protected].

To sign up as a member please complete this short form

A condition of membership is to sign up to this VCSE Healthy Communities Alliance Cooperation Agreement which has been developed in consultation with members.