C4CC welcomes three new partners this month, Power to Change, Disability Rights UK and the National Association of Link Workers. The C4CC partnership now represents a broad mix of more than 60 organisations all committed to working together to ensuring better personalised care in health services.
Disability Rights UK (DR UK) is an organisation led by people with lived experience across the spectrum of disability and health conditions, including mental health conditions, learning disabilities, dementia and autism. They are a pan disability membership organisation led by disabled people seeking change. Its membership includes individual disabled people and organisations working on their behalf including disabled people led organisations. Among its membership are over three hundred organisations that give advice directly to disabled people, particularly in respect of benefit issues.
Sue Bott, Deputy Chief Executive, Disability Rights UK said: “We are delighted to be signed up as partners with C4CC. Together we will promote our shared values of co-production and autonomy for and with people who need support.”
Power to Change is the independent trust that supports community businesses in England. Community businesses are locally rooted, community-led, trade for community benefit and make life better for local people. From pubs to libraries; shops to bakeries; swimming pools to solar farms; community businesses are creating great products and services, providing employment and training and transforming lives. Power to Change received its endowment from the National Lottery Community Fund in 2015.
Susie Finlayson, Development Manager at Power to Change, said: “Power to Change is pleased to join the Coalition for Collaborative Care to contribute to driving forward the shift to more personalised care for people with long-term conditions. We are excited to work with the individuals and organisations in the partnership and believe that community businesses can play a part in changing the system to work better for the people who need it.”
The National Association of Link Workers (NALW) is the only national professional network for social prescribing link workers in the UK. It is an independent grassroot social movement and community of practice for link workers.
Christiana Melam, CEO National Association of Lin Workers, said: “The National Association of Link Workers is delighted to join the Coalition of Collaborative Care. We look forward to working together with partners to mainstream ‘gold standard’ universal social prescribing in order to realise the positive outcomes it can provide for the person, their families, friends and community as well as the reduction in the inappropriate use of health and social care services.”