Launch of the Heath Partners Programme in North Kensington
Residents Associations, and voluntary and community and faith organisations from North Kensington are joining forces with the NHS in a new Health Partners programme to work together to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents and build the resilience of the community as a whole.
At the launch event held on the 28 February 2020, the 18 Health Partners came together to celebrate the launch of new partnership and watch a new film produced by the NHS which shows residents of Grenfell Tower, the bereaved and the wider community talking about the impact of the fire on their lives, the difficulties they have faced, how the NHS has helped them and what we need to do in the future. Attendees included bereaved and survivors, as well as others who have been impacted directly.
Louise Proctor, Managing Director of West London CCG, who developed the programme, said: “The thoughts and views captured in the film are why we need the Health Partners Programme. It is the start of a new partnership, but it builds on long local history of strong community and local organisations seeking to support residents and the emergence of new groups that have started in response to the tragedy.
“It’s born out of a recognition that the only way we will make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our local population is to harness the skills, talents and knowledge of those individuals and organisation who are already there making a real difference to their communities.”
Filsan Ali, Director at Midaye Somali Development Network, added: “We support Health Partners as it is a great opportunity for community organisations to work in partnership with the NHS to improve the health and wellbeing of our communities.”
The Health Partners Programme aims to
- strengthen the wellbeing of individuals, families and the community
- improve the understanding of basic health information and services so people can make good health decisions
- develop and deliver services that are culturally sensitive
- engage with the community to help share health messages
Mary Mullix, Director of North Kensington Health Recovery at West London CCG, added, said: “The NHS has been challenged to step up and respond to the needs identified within the community and this has led us to develop the Health Partners programme. It recognises we can only do that if we work with the local community wand the development of the heath partners programme is an indicator of our strong commitment to do so.”
Christopher Herbert, Head Coach & Founder, Fit for Youth, said: “We are really passionate about helping to improve the health, fitness and wellbeing within North Kensington and are overjoyed to be part of an amazing initiative and partnership with the health partners. We think the work the health partners are doing is fantastic and we are looking forward to contributing!”
In the coming months the Health Partners will be coming together to agree what the focus of their work will be over the next year. We will also be inviting applications from anyone else who is interested in becoming a Health Partner.
To see the film and find out more about the Health Partners Programme visit www.grenfell.nhs.uk
If anyone is interested in becoming a Health partner please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to editors
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2. The initial Health Partners are:
Bay 20 Hearts and Minds
The Pepper Pot Centre
Fit for Youth
Lancaster West Residents Associations
Rugby Portobello Trust
Women’s Association for Network and Development (WAND UK)
Al-Hasinya Moroccan Women’s Centre
Al-Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre
Grenfell Tower Trust
French African Welfare Association
Midaye Somali Development Network
Kensington and Chelsea Volunteer Centre