Final Resilience meeting

Resilience Interest Group table discussion

The Resilience Interest Group is meeting for the last time to celebrate its success, highlight its impact and discuss how to take the work forward.

The group will meet on Tuesday 1 March, 3-6.30pm, at Cambridge House, 1 Addington Square, London SE5 0HF.

Cambridge House was the venue of the first ever Resilience Interest Group. The group subsequently moved to the Dragon Café in Borough, which is the first mental health café in the UK. This is where the group has been exploring its main objectives to support local people and resilient communities by:

  • helping people to self-manage and live as independent and healthy a life as possible
  • ensuring that, when care is needed, it is organised around the whole person in their whole life and supports self-management.

Since December 2014 the group has met eight times and has 160 members across the voluntary, community, health and social care system in Southwark, Lambeth and beyond, including NHS England and Department of Health representatives.

We will be transforming the meeting room at Cambridge House into the wonderful creative space that we have had the privilege to use at the Dragon Café. The Dragon Café has provided a safe, creative environment and has enabled the group to promote a very different culture of working between its members. This has reinforced the principles of the Resilience programme and has facilitated further connectivity across the systems.

Zoe Reed, Chair of the Resilience Interest Group and Director of Organisation and Community at South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust says: "We hope to use the event to demonstrate how far we have come in terms of the look and feel of the group and also the progress we have made within the SLIC Programme.

“Importantly we want to look to the future and work with our members to determine how to sustain and advance the Resilience work towards building resourceful individuals and communities after the SLIC programme ends on 31 March.

“We will take the opportunity to celebrate our successes and thank the many people who have contributed huge amounts to the programme".

At the event we will be showcasing the impact a number of our projects have had on their beneficiaries. Importantly we also want to highlight the impact the Resilience programme has had on the project teams and the impact we have had on the system through culture change, value and sustainability. The project teams, as well as some of their beneficiaries, will attend the meeting and give attendees an opportunity to directly talk to them about their work. The projects include:

  • Voluntary Sector Micro-Commissioning – Testing a model of commissioning where health and social care commissioners can confidently and effectively commission grass roots individuals and community groups to achieve health and wellbeing outcomes. 13 groups have received funding and are running activities which improve wellbeing and/or reduce isolation in Vassall and Coldharbour. This includes tai chi, dance classes, drumming and community feasts for people with dementia.
  • Community Connectors in Lambeth – Developing an innovative Community Connectors programme in Vassall and Coldharbour to support the community to link local people with relevant wellbeing and health services, local community and social groups. Community Connectors are being given training and support to give them the skills needed to be able to talk to people about wellbeing, the things they can do for themselves, and places to go to access help and support. The ability to link people with services, and vice versa, will help create connections that could provide a safety net of social support to help people feel better about their wellbeing and where they live.
  • Care Navigation in Southwark – Developing the voluntary and community sector to play an active role in the delivery of integrated care in Southwark, by introducing Age UK Safe and Independent Living Navigators into Primary Care. The SAIL navigators are helping patients to identify appropriate support networks and community groups to help them remain as independent and well supported as possible.
  • Primary Care Navigators Programme in Southwark and Lambeth – Introducing a tailored training course for non-clinical pharmacy and general practice staff to become navigator champions across Southwark and Lambeth. This project is being led with the National Association of Primary Care.

If you are interested in attending the meeting or finding out more about the Resilience Interest Group before attending, please get in touch with Will Nicholson, will.nicholson@nhs.net or 07773 345 862.