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Voluntary groups lend a hand to government

The names of the 21 voluntary sector organisations that will form part of the Deparment of Health’s Strategic Partner Programme have been announced.

The organisations, which will participate in the new Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme for 2013/14, will support the effort that has been running for four years and uses the expertise of organisations to inform and shape national policy.

The programme provides a way for policy makers to reach hundreds of thousands of voluntary and community sector organisations through the extensive depth and reach of the partners’ networks. This helps to ensure that the voice of small voluntary and community sector organisations are in direct contact with national bodies at the heart of decision making.

Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister, said: “I am delighted that these 21 organisations will share £3.5m to help them work in partnership with the Department, NHS England and Public Health England as part of a new system-wide Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme for 2013/14.

“The voluntary sector has a valuable role to play in improving health and wellbeing and this new programme will help develop and build strong and productive partnerships with the sector and support organisations to build capability more widely.”

The organisations are:

  1. Age UK
  2. Carers UK and Carers Trust
  3. Community Service Volunteers (CSV)
  4. The Disability Partnership
  5. Disability Rights UK, Shaping our Lives National User Network and CHANGE
  6. FaithAction
  7. Men’s Health Forum (MHF)
  8. Mental Health Providers Forum (MHPF)
  9. NACRO, Action for Prisoners’ Families and Clinks
  10. National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA)
  11. National Children’s Bureau (NCB)
  12. National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), Help the Hospices and Marie Curie Cancer Care
  13. National Council for Voluntary Youth Services with Addaction, Association for Young People’s Health, Brook, CLIC Sargent, Street Games and Youth Access
  14. National Housing Federation
  15. National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGB&T) Partnership
  16. National Voices
  17. Race Equality Foundation (REF)
  18. Regional Voices
  19. UK Health Forum
  20. Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), National Care Forum (NCF) and Sue Ryder
  21. Women’s Health and Equality Consortium (WHEC)