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To support our engagement with communities we have a register of community assets which we have set up alongside Bradford Districts and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCGs.
People on the community assets register are staff or volunteers working in voluntary or community sector (VCS) organisations covering one or more of the CCGs’ areas.
The register includes individuals who have successfully completed a training programme to develop knowledge about:
- the local and national NHS
- the NHS engagement priorities
- current NHS strategic objectives, and to,
- enhance or improve practical engagement skills and understanding.
The programme culminated in a “real life” engagement exercise. We enlisted the support of KIVCA (a local voluntary and community infrastructure organisation) to deliver the training and support the project.
Engagement tasks with around 400 people took place after the conclusion of the training programme until early December 2015 and the results of that work were submitted by the trainees to KIVCA during December 2015 and January 2016. Twenty-one individual trainees have so far successfully completed the training programme and engagement task.
The long-term aim of this work is to establish our approach to enable VCS organisations (staff and volunteers) to engage with communities on behalf of CCGs and to work with them to expand our reach and engagement with our communities. We hope to use the learning from this project to inform our future approach.