With all the changes in health services commissioning it can be difficult for smaller organisations to keep pace with developments and ensure their services get the recognition they deserve. Manor Gardens Welfare Trust has set up The Health Exchange, a new initiative which aims to work with small voluntary and community organisations in Islington to improve understanding of the health and wellbeing landscape and devise creative solutions to delivering wellbeing services.
The Health Exchange also works with partners to identify service areas which could be developed, based on their experience with people accessing their services. Joint working, economies of scale and a louder voice also enable Islington organisations to influence commissioners and funders.
There are three plenary sessions a year and we will set up small working groups based around specific topics as appropriate. It's free to join and we keep in touch with members through regular online discussions. Representatives from The Health Exchange have been invited to present to other forums in Islington and neighbouring boroughs to promote the value of voluntary and community services in improving the health and wellbeing of local residents.
Manor Gardens Welfare Trust has well-established local partnerships and provides many wellbeing services which carry out outreach events in the borough. We work closely with local organisations, Healthwatch and the CCG and are ideally placed to help them talk to each other.
If you are interested in becoming a member please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hold a regular Breakfast Meeting every third Wednesday of the month between 8.30 and 9.30. It is an informal drop in where we share ideas, talk about developments in health and get to know each other.