Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance

The Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HW Alliance) is a partnership between sector representatives and the health and care system. It is a key element of the Health and Wellbeing Programme, enabling the sector to share its expertise at a national level with the aim of improving services for all communities.

Its purpose is to:

  • Provide a co-ordinated route for health and care organisations to reach a wide range of VCSE organisations
  • Support collaboration between VCSE organisations and provide a collective voice for issues related to VCSE partnerships in health and care
  • Enable health and care organisations and VCSE organisations to jointly improve ways of delivering services which are accessible to everyone. By making it easier for all communities to access services this will reduce health inequalities
  • Ensure health and care decision-makers hear the views of communities which experience the greatest health inequalities.
  • Bring the expertise of the VCSE sector and communities they work with into national policy making.

The HW Alliance is jointly managed by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England and NHS Improvement and is made up of 18 VCSE Members that represent communities who share protected characteristics or that experience health inequalities and a VCSE coordinator. Through their networks HW Alliance Members can link with communities and VCSE organisations across England.

Further information on each member and how you can contact them can be found below.

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Articles are provided by the three system partners (Public Health England, Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England and NHS Improvement). For other enquiries, please email HWAlliance@dhsc.gov.uk or england.voluntarypartnerships@nhs.net.