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Healthier London Support Network

The Healthier London Support Network (HLSN) works with 15 front line organisations to deliver health and mental health services across London for vulnerable or excluded communities.

Read the needs assessment report here and survey responses here.

Together, we are developing more effective and efficient services by

  • Helping beneficiaries understand changes to the health system: GP Commissioning; London Councils funding priorities; the full picture of the Big Society; the rise of charity consortia.
  • Helping organisations fundraise in the new climate: Measuring the value of their services; Communicating through stories and numbers to funders and users; Prioritising bids; strengthening your unique selling point.
  • Advising on operational improvements: Working in partnerships to maximize capacity and outputs; strategic planning for the future; putting more rigorous evaluation and review procedures in place.

The fifteen organisations chosen by London Councils receive:

  • Six hours one-to-one support
  • Specialised events that focus on learning and networking
  • quarterly bulletin to keep organisations updated on health sector developments
  • Other support such as tools to improve data collection and evaluation of services.


Get involved

HLSN events and resources are freely available to any organisation interested in receiving support.  Get in touch to benefit from:

  • Networking and Learning Events. These are held across London on a variety of topics.
  • A quarterly e-bulletin to keep organisations updated on developments
  • Collaborative work that will culminate in the development of a new tool to improve data collection and evaluation of services.

To find out more see www.lsx.org.uk

 

Who are we working with?

The organisations that the Healthier London Support Network supports are all providers of mental health and health improvement services, working with a variety of vulnerable and often excluded communities.

The organisations are:

Centre for Armenian Information and Advice (CAIA); provides information, advice & casework, a playgroup, day-care for senior citizens, training, reference materials, translations and more to the Armenian community in London.

Aanchal (formerly APNA GHAB); a women's organisation, assisting women affected by physical as well as mental, financial, sexual and emotional domestic abuse.

Bexley and Bromley Advocacy; an independent advocacy project for people with a learning disability and Autism, working in partnership with people with a learning disability.

Casa de la Salud Hispano Americana; enables improvements in health, working with disadvantaged Hispanics & Latino communities to support local health strategies and reduce social isolation.

Finsbury Park Homeless Families Project; works to improve the quality of life of homeless families living in temporary accommodation in London and to secure their welfare in the longer term, with proper integration into mainstream services.

Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London; provides advice, support and advocacy services to asylum seekers, migrants , refugees and BAME communities to enable them to make a positive contribution to their local community.

Southall Day Centre; provides a wide range of services including day care, advice and training to more than 2,000 local people. The majority of users are elderly people from the Indian sub-Continent or East Africa, as well as refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Africa and India.

Stroke Care; provides home assessment, welfare support, befriending and links to social services to people affected by stroke, and run awareness workshops around prevention and support.

The Food Chain; provides nutrition services including home delivered meals, essential groceries and nutrition advice to men, women and children who are chronically sick as a result of HIV related illness.

Ethnic Alcohol Counselling in Hounslow (EACH); provides a culturally appropriate counselling and support service to individuals and their families who have been affected by alcohol, drugs and mental health problems.

Talking Matters Association LTD; provides a range of activities to inspire and improve health & wellbeing through therapeutic health solutions to the Orthodox Jewish Community.

Terrence Higgins Trust; works to improve sexual health, empower everyone living with HIV in the UK, lead public and political support for HIV & sexual health issues and campaigns to eradicate stigma & discrimination.

The Minster Centre; provides professional training in counselling and psychotherapy, and a range of community-based therapy services.

Women in Prison; supports and campaigns for women offenders and ex-offenders, assisting women with advice on housing, education, mental health, legal rights, work, benefits, debt, domestic violence, and more.

Women's Therapy Centre; provides psychotherapy to women who traditionally do not have equal access to it, including women from black and ethnic minority communities, refugees, asylum seekers, young women, disabled women and women on low incomes.

What else?

Visit the LSx events page for details of upcoming Healthier London Support Network events.


         

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