National Voices is a membership coalition of around 160 charities and like-minded organisations, working for a strong patient and citizen voice in health and care, and services that are built around people. We support the vital role that the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector plays in health and care. We are at our strongest when our members are engaged in our work, and connected to one another.
Opportunities to connect
Our calendar for the remainder of 2018 and start of 2019 is filling up quickly with opportunities for members. Join us at our AGM (date announced soon) to find out about how our strategy plans are developing, and have your say on our direction. Support us and grow your own skillset by becoming a trustee. Attend our member networks to share professional insight and connect with other members. Inform our policy work on issues including the long term plan for the NHS and the social care green paper.
We are planning a member-only event later in the year, looking at the relationship between mental health and long term conditions.This is something we know many of our members have been working on in relation to specific conditions: we want to show that this knowledge is relevant across all long-term conditions. I’ve kicked off planning our 2019 conference, which will build on the success of 2018 and bring together more members of our coalition than ever before. Keep an eye on our events page and email Laura Bell to be added to the Members’ Update to be the first to hear about updates.
This busy schedule is set against a tumultuous backdrop: Brexit looms heavy, and the lack of sufficient funding for health and social care continues to bite. Whilst we have had success in promoting the idea of person-centred care within the health system, in reality the implementation of truly person-centred approaches still has a long way to go.
We understand that for many of our members, times are tough. Many of us will be feeling stress – increased workloads, depleted grant funding, reluctant donors mindful of their own finances. It is tempting in these times to tighten our belts and look inwards.
Our work is as important now as it has ever been, and we must remain united and outward looking if we are to continue to be a strong voice for patients and the role of the VCSE. As I consider member value, at the forefront of my mind is how our coalition can have the strongest possible collective voice, and in turn how membership of National Voices can strengthen the work of every one of you.
I would like to ask for your help. Please work with me to ensure you are getting maximum benefit from your National Voices membership, and to strengthen our coalition. Get in touch if you:
- Would like to be more involved in National Voices work
- Want to know more about member benefits
- Have an idea for how we can improve our membership offer
- Know charities who are not members but really should be
We can weather the storm together, our mission is too important to people’s lives for us not to.