PCVS Health Projects and Funds


As part of its' core values, PCVS prioritises community health and wellbeing and believes that everyone deserves the best holistic health care and overall wellbeing possible regardless of their race, religion, political belief, economic or social background. This is the ethos of the three health projects currently being delivered by the PCVS Health Team:

Health Connection Project  

This fund delivers grants through The Evelyn Trust which aims to empower small community groups to provide effective health and wellbeing activities to their local communities. By linking to the NHS 5 Ways to Wellbeing, the Health Connection Project aims to encourage wellbeing by connecting people together which can provide an emotional support network and a sense of belonging and self worth. People have opportunities to get more active,  physical activity can help people maintain positive mental health, they will be encouraged to learn new skills and help others and in general, become more self aware and be present in the moment.

Throughout the project there are opportunities for community group leaders and community members to participate in various health training.  

The  Health Connection Project project is supported by PCVS Health Team and the Health and Wellbeing Forum. The Health and Wellbeing Forum meet regularly to ensure community needs are met and is made up of health professionals, social prescribers, and project beneficiaries. If you need more information about the Health Connection Project please email communities@pcvs.co.uk

Communities’ Wellness Project  

PCVS' Community Health Team are supporting 15 community groups, funded by the NHS integrated care system and Peterborough City Council to run various activities for the diverse communities of Peterborough. This health fund aims to inspire the local community to deliver innovative solutions to help improve health and well-being, support prevention of health issues and address health inequalities. 

REND Project 

The REND project is funded by the ICS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The professional stakeholders involved in this are a cohort of GPs and medical health professionals and academic health researchers. Academic researchers and medical professionals are spread across the East of England. The aims of the project are to increase awareness of, and participation in, health research amongst underrepresented communities; development of health networks between medical professionals and academics; decrease health inequalities amongst the general population. It will link medical professionals and researchers together better than before; research will not be duplicated; researchers will have better access to underrepresented communities for research and reduce health inequalities; and communities will be able to partake in health research to better improve their health outcomes.

Community Research Champions 
PCVS, working with the Clinical Research Network, as part of the REND 2 project, have trained 17 individual Research Champions from 9 different community and faith groups. We trained the Research Champions up over three sessions so they understood health research, why and how we do it, and why it is important for health research to reflect the diversity of our society, especially in regards to health inequalities and improving health and social care services to all. The Research Champions have had conversations with their communities to understand the barriers to research and working with them to overcome these barriers into research participation. Their insights will be valuable learning for researchers for working with such communities in the future.
Health Integration Project
The project aims to empower local voluntary sector organisations to be aware of the key local signposting tools for referral to key services and other VCS organisations providing relevant support. Furthermore, local voluntary sector organisations engaged in using and active ownership of their digital presence on signposting tools (Joy and the PCC Directory). In addition, enabling sustainability of VCS activity to tackle health inequalities through infrastructure support. Capacity building where needs to be identified. Supporting good practice and standards within the VCS.

PCVS also works with

Voluntary Sector Network: Together for Healthier Communities

PCVS is a member of the steering group of the The Voluntary Sector Network: Together for Healthier Communities (formerly known as Cambridgeshire and Peterborough VCSE Health Alliance). You can find out more about the network by clicking here.

The Voluntary Sector Network also provides a regular newsletter, click below for the latest edition (March):

Voluntary Sector Network Newsletter March 24 (2)

The Voluntary Sector Network is currently working on the NHS Integrated Neighbourhoods initative. You may have heard of Integrated neighbourhoods and how we can all play a part in our health and the health of communities we live in. Here's a short film to let you know what an integrated neighbourhood is.

Click here to view the video NHS Integrated Neighbourhoods


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