Often referred to as 'the third sector', community and voluntary services provide us with an opportunity to engage with groups who are sometimes referred to as 'seldom heard groups'.
We commission a range of services that are delivered by community and voluntary sector organisations. We also work with local community groups to run a number of engagement events and activities so that we can continue to develop services that meet local needs.
We work closely with our community and voluntary sector partners to deliver, develop and implement our commissioning plans.
Linking Leeds – Our social prescribing service for Leeds
Linking Leeds is the integrated city-wide social prescribing service for people in Leeds.
The CCG worked with patient groups and the local voluntary, community and faith sector (VCFS) to develop our commissioning plans for a social prescribing service in Leeds.
Community Links is leading a consortium of seven local partners to deliver this new service from 1 September 2019, commissioned by NHS Leeds CCG. The partnership has more than ten years of collective experience delivering social prescribing to the people of Leeds.
The new service will see consistent social prescribing for all people aged 16 years and above, no matter where they live in the city – while responding to the specific health profiles of communities.
Our engagement work is supported by Voluntary Action Leeds (VAL) through the Leeds Voices project. The Leeds Voices project supports the CCG to develop and implement plans for commissioning. It supports the engagement of citizens and communities in the development of health services in the city, including communities that are seldom heard and/or experience the worst health outcomes. You can read more about Leeds Voices here: https://doinggoodleeds.org.uk/leeds-voices/
You can view the Leeds Voices work in the infographics below: