Specific news items regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19) epidemic in the UK.
Thu 7 January 2021
A review undertaken by a voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisation highlights the key role the VCSE played in response to COVID-19 by responding to local need, and supporting the NHS and statutory sector services during the pandemic. The review calls on leaders from across the statutory, funding and VCSE sectors “to build on lessons learnt during COVID-19, to strengthen existing partnerships, and build new ones, to support the health and wellbeing of communities across Sussex”.
A range of different approaches were used as part of the review, including surveys and reports, 15 in-depth interviews, and 37 case studies. The information was analysed and a final report with a set of core recommendations, and the following clear themes emerged:
• Strong and effective collaborations between VCSE and statutory services developed at speed during COVID-19;
• VCSE supported statutory services to provide early support to local need during the pandemic;
• VCSE organisations are valuable partners in improving health and wellbeing and addressing wider inequalities;
• VCSE sector should be meaningfully involved as a key system partner;
• Investment in the sector is needed to build the long-term sustainability and resilience of the sector.
As we continue to restore and transform health and care services, actions are underway to continue to ensure that the essential role of the VCSE is recognised. The completed actions and impact will be shared through the Sussex Health and Care Partnership website with VCSE and statuary partner organisations.