Better Care Fund national workshops on housing and engagement with the voluntary sector

Thematic National Workshops: February 2019

The Better Care Support Team (BCST), supported by the SCIE ran two national workshops, looking at how two vital parts of the system supporting people with care and support needs - housing, and the voluntary and community sector (VCS) - can support the ambition of integrated, personalised care for people, in their own home or in community settings. The events were held in Bristol on 14 February 2019, and in Birmingham on 28 February 2019, and open to colleagues from all regions.

Both sessions were well-attended, with housing and VCS delegates alongside people representing the health and social care statutory workforce. The sessions were each hosted and introduced by a senior figure in the BCST, and featured plenary speakers and two workshops – one on housing, the other on the VCS - each run twice so delegates could attend both. The events saw speakers and delegates share ideas, stories and insights about how relatively small-scale interventions from the VCS and housing sectors could have significant and lasting benefits for people with care and support needs.

The report briefly describes the workshops and speakers, with links to their materials. There is also a discussion of the main themes and messages emerging from the events.