The H&WON is the way in which LCVS brings together voluntary, community and faith sector partners to share information and seek collective solutions to issues which may be impacting on effective service delivery:
Originally called Welfare Organisations Committee (WOC) and established in 1951, it has been an important network for health, wellbeing and welfare organisations operating in the city. The network now has over 220 members.
Health & Wellbeing Organisations Network (HWON) group meets quarterly and is more action focused than network focused. The H&WON provides an opportunity to share information and seek collective solutions to issues which may be impacting on effective service delivery:
- In response to the Welfare Reforms the H&WON has linked with DWP to develop links with local voluntary sector organisations who work with some of the most vulnerable clients, speaking directly with clients and gathering feedback.
- H&WON has co-ordinated DWP information sessions to share information regarding Universal Credit /Full Service roll out, and other DWP initiatives which could support local people through these challenges.
- H&WON linked with Volunteering Matters and National Voices to open up local conversations about Personal Health Budgets (PHB) and how the sector could contribute to this agenda and develop a framework for more accessible PHB’s in Liverpool.
- H&WON members represented the sector with criminal justice agencies including Clinks and the Community Rehabilitative Company (CRC) enabling the sector to contribute to discussions around offending and rehabilitation.
- H&WON supports the sector to contribute to CCG Neighbourhood Collaborative discussions and other initiatives to address changing health needs.
- H&WON has mapped the sectors position and reach, and is working to strengthen the collective voice of the sector in Liverpool.