The voluntary sector is vitally important in supporting the most vulnerable people in society.
The best way to develop effective local policies is through working in partnership with a range of stakeholders to ensure any policy is relevant to those it is looking to support.
That’s where LCVS comes in.
We bring together all relevant stakeholders, ensuring the provision of information, support and guidance to policymakers.
LCVS can provide a link between policymakers and the wider sector so there is open and honest dialogue, enabling local knowledge and understanding of need to fully inform any new policy development.
Commissioned by the Families Team at Liverpool City Council, this paper explored the current position around Social Prescribing in the city.
The paper will hopefully form part of a wider discussion across the city on how the voluntary sector can better engage with GP services and other health providers.
Social Isolation Strategy
Social isolation and loneliness has a direct correlation with poorer health outcomes and there is evidence that older, more socially isolated residents require access to formal services sooner and more frequently than those who are less socially isolated.
Against this backdrop LCVS has prepared a draft Social Isolation Strategy, in consultation with a range of stakeholders, that is now with Liverpool City Council for further consideration and development.
Community Capacity Building
LCVS has been working with a range of stakeholders, in particular those working with children, young people and their families, to identify ways in which the voluntary sector can play a more active role in the delivery of services to families – all based upon current best practice.
Part of this work is to ensure that the Early Help Offer and Assessment Tool and the Parenting Strategy are embedded in delivery models across the entire city.
Developing a Play Strategy for the City
As part of our Positive about Play community impact programme, we have been working on a draft strategy for children’s play for the city.