The CCG actively works and collaborates with the voluntary, community and faith sector. This working relationship benefits both the CCG and the community, voluntary and faith groups we work with.
We regularly attend the local council for voluntary services forums to learn and understand the work of the voluntary and community organisations as well as share and gain feedback on the work we are doing to ensure that where possible we align our work.
The CCG and local voluntary sector have worked with Aldershot Town Football Club to enable carers and their families to attend matches, with a number of children chosen to be mascots and to have a behind-the-scenes tour. The next opportunity will be on March 21, 2020. Ongoing discussions are being held to explore other areas of work including supporting young and young adult carers.
Rushmoor Healthy Living supports the CCG with work around diabetes and the Nepalese community and Versus Arthritis in delivering masterclasses.
The CCG is currently supporting a group of local parish churches to set up a pastoral service within Aldershot Centre for Health. It is hoped this will start after Easter 2019. Rushmoor Timebank also has a regular presence at Aldershot Centre for Health. The CCG also support the Farnham Locality Patient Group, which was successful in receiving Innovation Conference funding to set up an Information & Advice Hub at Farnham Centre for Health.
The Voluntary Organisations are also involved in our day to day work, such as core members of our Engagement & Communications Action Group, End of Life Care, etc.
Working with our Healthwatch Partners
The CCG works closely with our Healthwatch partners in Surrey and Hampshire. For the carers engagement work we commissioned Healthwatch Hampshire to undertake the engagement and also delivered the Your Voice Counts project, from which United Communities was developed and set up.
Our Healthwatch Partners are also members of our Patient & Public Engagement Committee and are members of the Innovation Conference Planning and Delivery Group.
Commissioning and Grant Funding
The CCG commissions a number of services from voluntary organisations, including The Princess Royal Trust for Carers to provide carers support, Hart Voluntary Action for the delivery of the Making Connections service,
The Innovation Conference is a mechanism of offering small one-off grant funds. This supports individuals, community and voluntary groups for a specific innovative project that will improve the physical and/or mental health of their community.
The CCG, along with Surrey and Hampshire CCGs contribute to funding a number of voluntary organisations, these include the Red Cross, Headway, Stroke Association, Good Neighbours Networks, Disability Challengers, etc.
We are a signatory of the Surrey Compact and represent the Surrey Clinical Commissioning Groups on the Surrey Custodian Group.
The Surrey Compact represents a commitment to continually improve relationships between public organisations, the voluntary and community and faith sector, and organisations representing service users and carers. It is an agreement that changes how partners behave, engage and work together at all levels.