Working together for better health and care

VODG has a unique pan-disability approach that is not-for-profit and brings together national and local organisations into one collective group. We offer a combined and expert voice that is authoritative and based on applied experience – reinforced by research.   We work across all sectors relevant to disability organisations to ensure the essential voluntary sector perspective is well represented and understood.  VODG offers a central point of contact for central and local government, the NHS, professional and regulatory bodies, researchers and other bodies wishing to engage and create effective partnerships with disability organisations.

Working together for better health and care

Health and care voluntary sector partnership programme

The health and care voluntary sector strategic partner programme brings the power of voluntary sector organisations together with the statutory health and care system to improve services and promote well-being for all. VODG and the National Care Forum together work in partnership with over 20 organisations spanning the breadth and depth of the voluntary and community sector. The combined focus of the programme is on:

  • Helping to reach people in the most vulnerable circumstances, including excluded individuals and communities.
  • Supporting people to make their diverse voices and needs heard.
  • Harnessing the expertise of the voluntary sector to inform national policy development.
  • Driving awareness of the role and potential of the voluntary sector.


Supporting co-production

Think Local, Act Personal

VODG is a national partner of Think Local, Act Personal which brings together organisations committed to transforming health and care through personalisation and community-based support. The partnership spans:

  • central and local government,
  • the NHS,
  • the provider sector,
  • people with care and support needs, carers and family members with whom we engage via the National Co-production Advisory Group.


Supporting a coordinated response across the entire social care sector

Care Provider Alliance

The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) brings together all the main representative bodies for independent social care providers. VODG works with the CPA to ensure a coordinated response to the major issues that affect the sector. The 11 national associations which make-up the CPA represent all types of provider organisations that deliver care and support to over 1,185,000 people in England who use residential, home-based and community services. The CPA estimates that its members deliver £390.8 million of care services each week, employing over 623,500 careworkers.


Securing the workforce after the EU referendum

Cavendish Coalition

Following the nation’s decision to leave the EU health and social care organisations have recognised the need to come together as there is much to do across health and social care to support the process. Through the Cavendish Coalition VODG is working alongside other health and social care bodies to ensure a continued domestic and international pipeline of high calibre professionals and trainees in health and social care. The Cavendish coalition is seeking to secure the future workforce by:

  • Supporting the economic as well as social health of the communities we work within through the creation of opportunities for training and employment.
  • Promoting employment policy and practice which ensures that the UK continues to be able to attract vital skills from Europe and around the world to work in health and social care.
  • Seeking certainty for those already working in the UK by advocating for the right of the current health and social care workforce originating from European Economic Area (EEA) members to remain here.