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Wednesday, 14 August, 2019 - 13:22

Trustee thoughts on the UCL Centre for Co-production

Our trustee Sarah was recently featured on UCL’s Public Engagement Blog. The blog was created to help UCL share stories of successful public engagement, raise questions and invite collaboration. See Sarah’s blog post here.

Wednesday, 10 July, 2019 - 13:44

Volunteers' Week 2019

June 1 -7 is Volunteers’ Week. To thank our volunteers for the hard work and time they contribute we hosted an event at our offices in the Greenwood centre.

Volunteers help us to get more local people’s voices heard on health and social care provision in Camden. We recruit volunteers on a project-to-project basis to make sure that they get the skills and experience they need.

Tuesday, 2 July, 2019 - 17:01

Healthwatch Camden Annual report 2018-19

At our board meeting in Public and Community Forum on 2 July we launched our annual report for 2018-19.

This years’ theme was ‘Different voices – stronger voices’. Every change we’ve helped to bring about in health and social care started with listening to someone who uses services.

Examples of our impact include:

Tuesday, 14 May, 2019 - 15:30

Impact of Food Poverty social media project - The Felix Project

For our Impact of Food Poverty Project we asked the Felix Project  their views on how food poverty and waste can be tackled. Find out what they’re doing in this guest blog post.  

Children’s Food Initiatives

At the Felix Project we have twin objectives; to reduce the scandalous levels of food waste and to address the equally concerning levels of hunger and food poverty. Increasingly, we are working with partner charities and schools and turning our attention to child food poverty.

Thursday, 9 May, 2019 - 15:06

We've had a month of news coverage for our Food Poverty Project!

Our Food Poverty report is in the Ham & High local newspaper today! 

Friday, 3 May, 2019 - 11:39

Impact of Food Poverty social media project - Lawrence's story

For our impact of Food Poverty social media project we asked people to give their views on what holds them back from eating a healthy diet.

Here’s what Lawrence had to say:

“I guess I’m not what people would perceive to be the typical person who would struggle with life issues, and therefore need to use a food bank, but things happen to us all – how often do we hear about celebrities struggling?

Thursday, 2 May, 2019 - 11:30

Impact of Food Poverty social media project - Yoshi's story

For our impact of Food Poverty social media project we asked people at the Lifeafterhummus Community Benefit Society cooking classes to give their views on what holds them back from eating a healthy diet.

Yoshi volunteers at the cooking classes every Monday evening. People on low incomes attend the classes and get the chance to learn how to cook healthy, nutritious food at an affordable price. 

Here’s what Yoshi had to say: 

Thursday, 25 April, 2019 - 13:37

We're on the BBC and in the newspapers!

On 30 April our Food Poverty social media campaign launches. It runs until 13 May. 

The Evening Standard mentioned our Food Poverty project and the research we did for it. See the  article here

The Camden New Journal cited Frances Hasler talking about Food Poverty at an April meeting. See the article here

Tuesday, 23 April, 2019 - 12:56

Message from Frances Hasler - Healthwatch Camden Director

I was pleased to be asked to speak at Camden Council’s April meeting, which included a themed debate on Health inequalities. 

I explained that part of Healthwatch Camden’s remit is being a member of Camden’s Health and Wellbeing Board. It means that tackling health inequalities is a core part of our work. Currently we are part of the Board’s initiative to develop citizen led neighbourhood approaches to wellbeing, being piloted in the West of the borough.

Tuesday, 26 March, 2019 - 12:44

Our Last Phase of Life project

The Last Phase of Life (LPoL) was a collaborative piece of work we did working across the five boroughs in North London (Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington). The work is part of the North London Partners Sustainability and Transformation Plan.  

A deep-seated unwillingness to talk about death generally has meant that finding out the needs and wishes of dying people and their carers’ and then to translate these needs into practice, is not easy.