Supporting Local Councils in Leicestershire & Rutland

Have your say on voluntary sector infrastructure support and social prescribing development and support

Please see the information below on a consultation on voluntary sector infrastructure support and/or social prescribing development and support that is currently being undertaken.

Please take part and or circulate to your networks as appropriate.

Information on each element of the survey is below and you can access the survey at :

The survey is open until Friday 20th December 2019.

  1. Voluntary Sector Infrastructure Support

Leicestershire County Council, Leicester City Council, West Leicestershire Clinical Commissioning Group, Leicester City Clinical Commissioning Group and East Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Group are committed to continuing to work with voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector groups and organisations in Leicestershire in a way that is mutually supportive, and which delivers continuing improvements to the quality of life of Leicestershire communities. One way in which the councils and clinical commissioning groups seek to support the continued development of a diverse, effective and sustainable VCSE sector is through voluntary sector infrastructure support service (VSSS) contracts that are currently delivered by Voluntary Action Leicestershire (VAL). These contracts have a focus on:

  • Influencing and enabling input and responses to policy and strategy – by bringing together commissioners and sector groups in information, advice and learning events, enabling consortia development, providing policy advice and demonstrating the potential and social value offer of VCSE providers.
  • Capacity building to support the development of new and existing groups – by helping groups mobilise communities to support community health and wellbeing, advice and support around governance, group development and funding etc.
  • Promoting, developing and supporting volunteering – by helping develop and promote volunteer opportunities, supporting volunteer managers through information, networking and training etc.

More intensive infrastructure support is available to groups that best contribute to delivery of the councils and Clinical Commissioning Group's priorities around managing demand through early/community level intervention and prevention, increasing community resilience and more effective delivery of services by community groups.

The councils and clinical commissioning groups are considering how best to work with and support the work of VCSE organisations. We are looking at future options for the service. For example, focusing more on building the capacity of groups to help support delivery of services that complement core public sector delivery, or developing the VCSE offer for mental health, social prescribing and health/wellbeing services. We are seeking your views to help us assess what type of assistance groups and organisations value the most, and what should be the focus of infrastructure support in the future.

Part one of the survey is an opportunity for you to provide your views and influence future service provision relating to VCSE support services.

  1. Social prescribing

Public sector bodies continue to face challenges in meeting health and social care needs, addressing demand for mental health services, and embedding the concept of Social Prescribing. The NHS Long Term Plan aims to better prevent ill health through embedding social prescribing across Primary Care Networks through recruitment of Social Prescribing Link Workers. Social prescribing is when health professionals refer patients to support in the community, in order to improve their health and wellbeing and Social Prescribing Link Workers connect people to community groups and help them to develop skills, friendships and resilience. Work is currently taking place to ensure the new Social Prescribing Link Workers are embedded into the local social prescribing/ prevention models across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (LLR).

As part of this work Making Every Contact Count Plus (MECC Plus) is being launched across LLR to help embed social prescribing and prevention in all professional's roles. MECC Plus is a person-centred approach that aims to put those who live and work in the area in contact with prevention organisations that might be able to help with their care and wellbeing. As the MECC plus approach is rolled out across organisations across LLR, it is likely to increase the number of people being referred and the number of organisations receiving preventative referrals.

It is anticipated that this may lead to an increase in demand for some organisations and we would welcome your views on current and future capacity within the VCSE sector to help determine how best to help manage future demand.

The second part of the survey is an opportunity to provide your views to help us assess what should be the focus of support to deliver social prescribing in the future.

Kind regards


Andy Hayes

Grants and Funding Officer

Communities Policy & Resilience

0116 3057269

Posted: Fri, 15 Nov 2019 13:12 by Jake Atkinson

Tags: LCC, consultation