In addition to our Core Local Healthwatch work, our board took the decision in 2018 to fund greater collaboration on Community Partnerships as a means of reaching more people across West Sussex.

We are delighted that the WSCC Communities Team have matched the funding our board has contributed from our Social Enterprise work to enable our Community Partnership work to continue for a further year to 31 March 2020 ensuring this highly effective and successful work can continue, dovetailing alongside the statutory role of Healthwatch.

Our focus is to continue to develop more collaboration and joint working, ensuring that as many voices as possible from across our West Sussex communities form part of our work and can help shape and influence those who commission, deliver health and social care at this time of transformation in the NHS and our Local Government.

Not only did Healthwatch West Sussex give me a grant, but also they provided continued advice and support, and offered a way to link up with other services. We would have been much the poorer without Healthwatch and heartily commend them for the great job they do.

- Loral, COPD Support Group East Grinstead

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Indian Heritage Cultual Society in Crawley

The Indian Heritage Cultural Society - Crawley, is a grass-roots community group. With the help of a Healthwatch Community Fund grant, the Society put on a Bollywood style Event on Saturday 23rd February 2019.

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Juno Project

The Juno Project empowers teenage girls who have been, or are at risk of being excluded from school, to achieve their goals in spite of their challenges. The insight from those who attended the This is Me Programme was collated and anonymised and forms part of the insight and evidence that Healthwatch gather to identify common themes around what works and doesn’t work for young people living with mental health issues.

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Friends of Henfield Medical Practice Trust – Henfield Mental Health and Wellbeing Event

The Friends of Henfield Medical Practice Trust in conjunction with Henfield Medical
Practice and MIND West Sussex, organised the Henfield Mental Health and Wellbeing Event on Tuesday October 16th, 2018. The event was very well attended with around 300 people visiting, we collected local peoples experiences of health and social care services. 

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Community Partnerships update - July 2018

Over the last 15 months Healthwatch West Sussex CIC have targeted reinvestment of all income from Social Enterprise contracts outside of Statutory Healthwatch activities into funding our work to develop Community Partnerships which we believe will help underpin the aspiration of truly Integrated Care Systems – Health, Social Care, Community and Voluntary organisations working together in partnership to support individuals and family and friend carers.

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Take a look at the other Community Partnership projects

Our projects focus on a range of areas such as mental health, disabilities and adult social care.

Read our Spotlight reports to find out more. 

Read our Spotlight Reports

We have been pleased to work with Healthwatch to raise awareness about what we do. Cheryl spent considerable time with our members and carers and produced a very thorough report with interesting findings.

- Judy, Manager of The Phoenix Stroke Club