The VCSE sector is an important partner for statutory health and social care organisations and plays a key role in improving health and care outcomes for its communities, not only by delivering services but also by shaping their design and advocating for, representing and amplifying the voice of service users, patients and carers.

Our vision

Our vision is ‘to influence and facilitate greater collaboration between the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership and the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, enhancing the role of the VCSE sector in the delivery of the transformation of health and wellbeing and cementing their role as a key strategic partner’.

The importance of the VCSE sector is highlighted throughout the NHS Long Term Plan. This view is
also reflected in the Humber, Coast and Vale Partnership Long Term Plan which led to the inception
of the Humber, Coast and Vale VCSE Leadership programme in the early months of 2020.

Green social prescribing

What is Green Social Prescribing?

Green Social Prescribing helps to connect people with nature, bringing a huge range of physical and mental health benefits. The Green Social Prescribing Programme officially began on 1st April 2021, working with Mental Health Providers and Social Prescribing Leads within each of our 6 places.

Work continues on the criteria for the clinical cohort that will be followed through their Green Social Prescribing journey alongside working up the programme plan and establishing how outcomes and evaluation will be measured.

To find out more please email [email protected].

Media Release, December 2020

Partnership secures £500,000 investment to connect more people with nature to improve their mental health.

The Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership has secured £500,000 as part of a two-year national scheme aimed at helping the mental wellbeing of communities hardest hit by coronavirus.

Securing the investment and a place on the national programme will enable partners to expand the offer to our communities and help more people to improve their mental health and wellbeing by getting out and exploring the amazing green spaces that the Humber, Coast and Vale region has to offer.

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Video: Green and Blue Social Prescribing

Our people

Andy Barber
Social Prescribing Lead

Gary Sainty
VCSE Programme Director

Jason Stamp
VCSE Leadership programme Chair

       Pippa Robson
Commissioning Lead

VCSE Joint Report, September 2021

Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership (WY&H HCP), West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Yorkshire Sport Foundation, and Community First Yorkshire are publishing a joint report to celebrate the work of charities, social enterprises, and community organisations.

The research led by Professor Tony Chapman, Durham University, on the structure, dynamics, and impact of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector across the area, highlights the big contribution made to the economy and the health and well-being of people who live here.

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Update Reports

More information

Green Social Prescribing newsletters

Edition 1 – May 2021

Edition 2 – June 2021

Edition 3 – July 2021

Edition 4 – August 2021

New study to measure positive impact of charities and voluntary organisations across Yorkshire

New study to measure positive impact of charities and voluntary organisations across Yorkshire. The positive effect of charity and community activities across Yorkshire is to be measured as part of a new study co-funded by the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership. The study will measure the size and effect of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector, examining its economic and social impact on improving people’s lives and wellbeing in the region.
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“The VCSE sector plays a crucial role in supporting the health and wellbeing of people across Humber, Coast and Vale; and the VCSE programme aims to connect the health system with the sector.”

by Gary Sainty

The programme now has greater capacity to do just that with the appointment of me, Gary Sainty, VCSE Programme Director.

In my previous role as Deputy CEO of Active Humber, a charity which aims to increase activity levels and maximise the wider benefits of leading an active live, I worked with many people and organisations in the VCSE sector, delivering amazing things and having a great impact and this is replicated again and again across the whole VCSE sector.
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“Green Social Prescribing has a huge part to play in supporting the mental health and wellbeing of people across the Humber, Coast and Vale area, particularly communities hardest hit by Coronavirus.”

by Andy Barber

Connecting people with nature and nature-based activities brings a huge range of physical and mental health benefits.

With £500,000 funding secured in December from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, NHS England, NHS Improvement and other partner organisations, the Humber, Coast and Vale ‘test and learn site’ is building on the already great work that is going on across the region.
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“There has never been a better time to look at how the HCV Partnership engages with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. This allows us to build on the strong partnerships we have already achieved and look at what we can do together in the future.”

by Jason Stamp

One of the key legacies of the Covid-19 response across the Humber, Coast and Vale Health and Care Partnership has been the role of the voluntary and community sector.

In each of our six places, the voluntary and community sector has been integral to the response to our most vulnerable communities. The work they have undertaken has been hard to measure but they were key partners in coordinating services at a time to when communities needed them most.
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