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Our blog

Tuesday, 9 January, 2018 - 17:23

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

This is our final blog for 2017, so I will start by wishing you all a happy Christmas and New Year.

Over the past year we’re met lots of you in the local community and have enjoyed strong working relationships.

Thank you to all our volunteers, local organisations and communities who have worked with us on various projects. We’re really pleased to have built new relationships including with local schools and our LGBT+ community.

We hope to continue this in 2018.

 

Co-designing urgent care

Monday, 18 December, 2017 - 17:32

Our closing times over the festive season

We want to say big thank you to the volunteers, local community and organisations who’ve supported us over the last twelve months. We look forward to continuing to build our relationships with you in 2018.

Our office closes at midday on Wednesday 20 December for the Christmas and New Year holidays and re-opens on Tuesday 2 January 2018.

If you need to talk to someone on Christmas day there are free phone lines that you can call. For example:

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 - 16:54

Accessibility and Camden’s community centres – An update

Over the past few months our volunteers have visited all the major community centres in Camden to test how accessible they are for disabled people. They used their own lived experiences and a set of questions developed as a group to look at a wide range of disability issues.

We mentioned in our previous newsletter that we’re working on this with project with Camden Disability Action.

Wednesday, 13 December, 2017 - 15:06

Talk to us about your housing and health

We’d like you to tell us what you think of housing and health. We know that poor or insecure housing can contribute to poor physical and mental health, so we want to know if your housing makes it difficult to keep well.

We’re keen to find out how effectively health and wellbeing services in Camden support the needs of people in different types of housing. Whether you live in private rented accommodation, council housing, a housing association home or own your home we’d like to hear from you.

Tell us what would help you to make more use of housing and health services.

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 - 18:13

Our interview on care homes for Camden Community radio

Anna Wright our Deputy Director and Policy Lead spoke to Camden Community Radio about our pilot project to assess the quality of Camden’s seven residential care homes. The project has prompted a nationwide conversation with MPs and is now being replicated across England.

Listen to the interview here

See the press release below:

6 November 2017

Tuesday, 12 December, 2017 - 14:33

Our youth social media campaign

We’re working on a social media campaign with young people from William Ellis School and LaSWAP sixth form consortium to find out which health and social care issues are important to them and also how they want to be communicated to especially on social media.

As part of the campaign the young people will direct and produce a video expressing their views.  

It’s important that the organisations who make decisions about local health and social care services, listen to young people’s needs when they are planning services for young people.

Tuesday, 17 October, 2017 - 19:08

Our talk at the Adult Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee

Healthwatch Camden attends the regular meetings of the Adult Health and Social Care Scrutiny Committee. The role of this committee, which is comprised of elected members of Camden Council, is to scrutinise matters relating to health, public health and adult social care. They also listen to local residents with a view to improving health and social care services, reducing health inequalities and improving the health and care of local residents.

Monday, 16 October, 2017 - 18:36

We were featured on Camden Community Radio!

Recently, our Director Frances Hasler did an interview for Camden community radio (CCRadio). CCRadio produces weekly shows about life and events in Camden. They were interesting in finding out more about what our role is in the community.

Frances talked about our work with local people and organisations, she also spoke on our highlights of the year and how our work has influenced the delivery of health and social care services in Camden.

Wednesday, 11 October, 2017 - 18:39

Frances Hasler – Healthwatch Camden Director message

In December 2016, Camden Council’s Cabinet Members approved the development of a new strategy for working with older and disabled people.

The title of the strategy is “Supporting people, connecting communities: living and aging better in Camden”.

Tuesday, 10 October, 2017 - 13:44

Quality in residential care homes reports - results

We’re seeing great results from our work in partnership with Independent Age on indicators of quality in care homes. Read our reports for more information.