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Wednesday, 31 May, 2017 - 17:38

Volunteer week 1-7 June

This years’ Volunteer Week is on 1-7 June. We want to thank all the fantastic volunteers who’ve helped us at community events and our stalls around Camden.

Friday, 12 May, 2017 - 17:44

Message from Healthwatch Camden Director - Frances Hasler

April signaled the start of a new work year for Healthwatch Camden. This will be our fifth year, so we are no longer the new kids on the block, we are an established part of the landscape in Camden. Yet nothing stays still, and we know we always have to work to stay relevant and to stay effective.

So we will be redoubling our work to reach more of Camden’s residents and to make sure that what we do is based on what is important to people who use Camden’s health and social care services.

Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 - 15:11

We’re looking for a new Chairperson

Healthwatch Camden is looking for a Camden resident to lead our board of trustees.

The new Chair will replace our founding Chair who is stepping down after four successful years.

We want someone with insight and energy to champion the voice of local people in health and social care services in Camden. To find out more, please download a copy of the role description here

Wednesday, 3 May, 2017 - 15:03

We're looking for summer festival volunteers

Over the summer months we attend lots of local events and festivals around the Camden borough, so we need volunteers to help us out at stalls.

You’ll join us at lively community festivals from June to August and help us to collect local people’s views on health and social care services in Camden. If you enjoy speaking to people and want to do your bit for the local community, we’d love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 3 May, 2017 - 12:50

Your voice in urgent care

Healthwatch Camden is working with four other local Healthwatch in North London (from Barnet, Enfield, Haringey and Islington) to make sure that local people get a real say in how services change in the next few years.

 

NHS organisations and councils across the five boroughs are creating a big plan (called the Sustainability and Transformation Plan) to improve the way services fit together. The aim is to improve support for people at home so that fewer people need to use hospital services.

 

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 19:35

Message from Healthwatch Camden Director – Frances Hasler

I’ve been spending time recently in the new St Pancras and Somers Town Living Centre, which is just down the road from our offices in Ossulston Street. It’s great to see a project that has been talked about and thought about for so long actually get going. Our contribution is to be part of the signposting service there, and we’re really pleased to be working in partnership with Voluntary Action Camden to support the development of the signposting service.

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 19:32

Our volunteer did a PLACE visit at Great Ormond Street Hospital

On 9 February our volunteer Robert, did our first annual Patient Led Assessment of Care Environments (PLACE) visit at Great Ormond Street hospital.

We value our volunteers, they’re our lifeblood and they help us with all our activities. Many, like Robert assist us in visiting service providers to make sure that services are up to standard and the environment supports patients’ privacy and dignity.

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 19:27

We hosted the Independent Age evaluation meeting

On Friday 24 March Healthwatch Camden jointly hosted a round table discussion to evaluate the work we’ve been doing on residential care homes for older people in partnership with the national charity for older people - Independent Age.

We already blogged that Healthwatch Camden volunteers visited every residential care home in Camden to talk to residents, relatives and staff. See what we did and why in this blog post.

Wednesday, 29 March, 2017 - 19:24

We visited the West Hampstead Women’s Centre

On 22 March Shelly Khan, our Community Engagement Manager visited the West Hampstead Women’s Centre (WHWC) to talk about Healthwatch Camden and what we do in the local community. The centre provides a supportive and safe women only space, where women who feel marginalised can prosper.

Tuesday, 7 March, 2017 - 16:12

Out and about in the community

In February Victoria Armitage, our Project Officer, attended the Camden Disability Action (CDA) Annual General Meeting and Shelly Khan our Engagement Manager attended Voluntary Action Camden’s (VAC) AGM.

It was a chance for us to listen first hand to people in the local community and find out which health and social care issues they think are important.