For several years, NHS Leeds CCG Involvement team has contracted local third sector organisation Voluntary Action Leeds (Leeds Voices), and previously Leeds Involving People, to support our work to hear the voices of more marginalised people and communities in the city.
Often these people and communities can experience barriers to accessing health and care services, which serves to increase their risk of experiencing health inequalities and poorer health outcomes as a result.
Our four year contract with Leeds Voices ended on 31 December 2021, and we are now working with local partners to develop a collaborative approach to involvement, which:
- Recognises the huge amount of engagement and involvement work already undertaken, and going on,
- Seeks to avoid duplicating work and builds from a position of what we already know,
- Aims to add value and resource to support citywide priorities with an overarching ambition of reducing health inequalities.
So what are we doing now?
November 2021 Workshops
To help shape our next steps we have been having conversations with a wide range of partners, and we hosted two virtual workshops in November 2021 to bring together interested parties to hear their thoughts on what we need to consider moving forward.
27 people attended the workshops from a range of local organisations, and summary notes and the evaluation feedback are available below:
November workshop summary notes (141KB)In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
November workshop PowerPoint slides (3MB)In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
November workshops feedback evaluation (101KB)In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
February 2022 Workshops
28 colleagues and partners joined us for follow-up workshops on 8 and 10 February 2022 where we fed back our learning from the November workshops and outlined some of our proposals for the way ahead. Brief notes and slides from the sessions are available below:
February workshop summary notes (84KB)In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
February workshops PowerPoint slides (495KB))In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
Leeds Voices Resources
As part of the final phase of our work with Leeds Voices, the project has produced a celebration document and evaluation report which are both available below:
Leeds Voices Celebration Document (17MB)In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
Leeds Voices – Engaging communities evaluation report (3MB)In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
Leeds Voices also produced an ‘Asset Based Community Engagement Toolkit’, reflecting work carried out over the past four years. The toolkit was produced together with their member organisations and shares templates, case studies, and learning from the project. The toolkit is available below:
Asset-based community engagement toolkit – Leeds Voices (web version)
Asset-based community engagement toolkit (3MB)In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
A steering group was launched in December 2021 to bring together involvement and engagement partners to provide input to and oversight of the development of our collaborative involvement approach.
Notes from the steering group meetings are available below:
25 January 2022 – Steering group notes (232KB)In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
21 December 2021 – Steering group notes (93KB)In order to view PDF documents you will need Adobe PDF Reader
If you are interested in finding out more about this work and/or would like to get involved, please contact Caroline at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0113 221 7777.