Voluntary Community Sector Alliance


Partnership working between the voluntary sector, local government and the NHS is crucial to improving care for people and communities. The NHS Long Term Plan highlights the need for closer working across these sectors to address the wider determinants of health, which in turn could impact on the demand on primary and acute services.

we have such strong and rich community and voluntary health and care sector in South West London. Many voluntary sector services are already deeply embedded within the health and care system and working seamlessly alongside NHS and council services, as well as other voluntary organisations.

Improved collaboration makes it easier for us to work with colleagues from other organisations. Bigger systems can better understand more data about local people’s health, allowing them to provide care that is tailored to individual needs.

We are already seeing the impact of our partnerships in South West London:

  • Age UK Croydon’s personal independence coordinators supported over 600 local people in 2021. 98% of people reported improvements in their mental health and well-being, and 100% would recommend the service to friends and family.
  • A partnership project between St George’s University Hospitals NHS Trust, East Merton Primary Care Network, NHS South West London CCG and Pollards Hill Baptist Church talked to local people about bladder and prostate problems, directing people into the services and support they needed.
  • Social prescribing link workers supported 2,701 people in Wandsworth in 2021. social prescribing link workers take holistic approach to health and wellbeing, offering support with things like managing stress, physical activity, loneliness and finding social groups. They also signpost people to ways of learning new skills and accessing information on employment, benefits, housing and legal advice.