The Lambeth Health & Social Care Voluntary and Community Sector Forum was launched on Friday 29 April at Brixton Town Hall. Over one hundred and twenty people including representatives of seventy voluntary and community sector groups turned out for the inaugural meeting.
Among the guest speakers were: John Roog and David Strong, Co-chairs of the Health and Social Care Voluntary and Community Sector Forum, Andrew Webster, Executive Director for Lambeth Social Services, Kevin Barton, Chief Executive of Lambeth Primary Care Trust and Lord Victor Adebowale, Chief Executive of Turning Point.
Workshops were held on advocacy, the Adult Services Green Paper, services for people with long term chronic conditions, integrated services for children and volunteering. These sessions gave participants the chance to learn from one another’s experiences, to make contacts and to ask questions of partnership agencies.
Victor Adebowale was impressed to see so many organisations coming together to support each other on the vital issues of health and social care for the people Lambeth. He said, “It is good to be here today, as it is important for larger organisations to support and offer advice to smaller organisations and vice versa. It’s important that we share expertise so we can all offer a professional service to our service users.”
Organisations represented at the launch were happy to see that there is real commitment from all involved in the forum. Keith Filby from Manna Counselling said, “I got a lot from the day and felt that everyone who attended was committed to improving partnership working.”
The Health & Social Care Voluntary and Community Sector Forum meets quarterly and produces a regular e-mailed newsletter.