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Community-led and person-centred approaches to health and wellbeing

£130-£250 +VAT

Communities often have the closest connection to people’s lives. If services aim to improve the health and wellbeing of their local people, they must realise the power of community-led and person-centred approaches.

Communities and the places people live in profoundly shape how healthy and well they are, often having greater influence on health and wellbeing than health services. The impact of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) groups on people’s health and wellbeing have been brought into sharp focus by their ongoing role in responses to the cost-of-living crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic. 

However, when communities are not listened to by local services, community-based approaches are not funded properly, and groups of people are continually marginalised, it can lead to devastating consequences, such as the Grenfell tragedy. In a health and care system under pressure, if integrated care systems (ICSs) truly want to reduce health inequalities and improve the health and wellbeing of their local populations, they must invest in communities and develop better partnership-working between VCSE, NHS, and local authority organisations. 

Join us at this event to learn about the power of community-led and person-centred approaches and understand how the health and care system can invest in, and work with, communities to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

Event topics

Sessions will explore: 

  • the strengths of community-led and person-centred approaches in improving people’s health and wellbeing

  • lessons learnt from the Grenfell tragedy and how services and the wider system must build trust and engage meaningfully with the communities they serve

  • why funding and investing in VCSEs and communities need to be improved so that communities are better able to meet the needs of people

  • how integrated care systems (ICSs) can ensure working with communities is embedded at system level and delivered at place level through close partnership-working

  • how social prescribing can help tackle health inequalities at the local level and how to increase its reach

  • how communities and VCSEs can utilise their social and community assets to drive sustainable community-led activity.

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'Integration of care will fail, without integration of voices. An insightful 2 days of hearing about neighbourhood strategies, civic capacity, and change-making partnerships, getting back to basics – firstly, what matters most to you, and then how can we work together, to co-create happier and healthier families and communities.'

'King's Fund conferences provide well-informed, reflective and balanced themes and discussions that make an important contribution to my professional CPD and personal growth.'

Speakers include

  • Charles Kwaku-Odoi

    Charles Kwaku-Odoi

    Chief Executive, Caribbean & African Health Network
  • Vicki Beere

    Vicki Beere

    CEO, Project 6
  • Rachael_Musgrave_Picture

    Rachael Musgrave

    Director of Public Health, Wigan Council
  • Emily Dyson

    Emily Dyson

    Deputy Director, IVAR (Institute for Voluntary Action Research)
  • Christiana Melam

    Christiana Melam MBE

    Chief Executive, National Association of Link Workers
  • Jane South

    Professor Jane South

    Professor of Healthy Communities, School of Health, Leeds Beckett University
  • Jessica Studdert

    Jessica Studdert

    Deputy Chief Executive, New Local
  • Darin Halifax

    Darin Halifax

    Lead for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise, Integrated Care System for Devon


Wednesday, 10 July 2024

Day one

Thursday, 11 July 2024

Day two

Ticket prices

Please note, there is a £20+ VAT surcharge to cover the cost of processing invoices. This is in addition to the ticket price and will be added to your invoice. There is one invoice fee per order, not per ticket. There is no charge for paying by debit or credit card.

Tickets are available to book now.

  • Charity <£1million turnover

  • Public sector or charity >£1million turnover

  • Small-medium sized enterprise (SME)

  • Commercial (large private company)

Book your space

Student tickets

If you are a student in full-time education, please email us for a promotional code, with a photograph of your valid student ID. Student tickets are £60 +VAT.

Bursary tickets

We offer a limited number of bursary places for people with lived experience to ensure a balance of voices in the room. To apply for a bursary place please email us a short paragraph explaining why you wish to attend.

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