“Work­ing in part­ner­ship to influ­ence and trans­form health and social care”

The Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor Alliance (VCSA) cov­ers Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven, and has been devel­oped by the local Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor (VCS) to become an equal part­ner in the Inte­grat­ed Care Sys­tem, along­side with oth­er key local health, social care and sup­port providers.

To deliv­er this, providers in health, social care and sup­port ser­vices have come togeth­er to form the Brad­ford Provider Alliance (BPA) and the Airedale Providers Alliance Group (APAG). The VCSA man­ages VCS Rep­re­sen­ta­tion on dif­fer­ent Part­ner­ship Groups asso­ci­at­ed with Health and Social Care, and co-ordi­nates the local Vol­un­tary and Com­mu­ni­ty Sec­tor to deliv­er dif­fer­ent Health and Social Care projects across the Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven.

In the Spotlight

Har­ness­ing the Pow­er of Com­mu­ni­ties Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Grant Awards

The VCS Alliance, with sup­port from both our infra­struc­ture and sys­tem part­ners and of course the par­tic­i­pa­tion of our VCSE deliv­ery provider part­ners, ran a very suc­cess­ful Par­tic­i­pa­to­ry Grant Mak­ing event.

39 provider part­ners from across the Brad­ford Dis­trict and Craven engaged in the PGM process with 31 organ­i­sa­tions pitch­ing for an award on the day. In the first sec­tion of the awards 22 par­tic­i­pat­ing
organ­i­sa­tions were fund­ed, with a fur­ther 2 being fund­ed through the Gift Back process. This is where
organ­i­sa­tions are asked to revis­it their declared bud­get and see if there is room to donate back to the
cen­tral fund­ing pot, just over £10k was gift­ed back.

Awards totalling £106k was dis­trib­uted to grass-roots groups sup­port­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties around the wider social deter­mi­nants of health and the impact these have. 

The orig­i­nal fund­ing pot of £62k from the West York­shire Health and Care Part­ner­ship was bol­stered by the sup­port of our wider sys­tem part­ners at the Reduc­ing Inequal­i­ties Alliance, and The York­shire Sport Foun­da­tion mean­ing that more sup­port will be avail­able to those most in need.

A huge thank you to all our col­leagues across the VCSE sec­tor and our wider sys­tem part­ners who helped make the day such a huge success.

A full list of those groups sup­port­ed through the PGM event will be acces­si­ble on the web­site very soon.

Mel Pick­up is Chief Exec­u­tive of Brad­ford Teach­ing
Hos­pi­tals Foun­da­tion Trust. In this pod­cast series, she sits down with col­leagues and part­ners, from across the trust and the wider com­mu­ni­ty, to find out more about them and their con­tri­bu­tions to the health and well­be­ing of peo­ple in Brad­ford”. 
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Let’s Talk — With Mel Pick­up

Chief Exec­u­tive of Brad­ford Teach­ing Hos­pi­tals NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, Mel Pick­up, is joined by  Sam Keigh­ley, Chief Exec­u­tive of the Brad­ford VCS alliance. 
Sam speaks about her com­mit­ment to social jus­tice and her long career in pub­lic,

vol­un­tary and social enter­prise organ­i­sa­tions. She also speaks about the work of the alliance and the impor­tant role it plays in the health and well­be­ing of the peo­ple in our dis­trict”.

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