Public Voice delivers the Healthwatch service in Haringey, North London. Healthwatch Haringey is the independent consumer watchdog set up to collect information and represent the views of the public on health and social care. It exists to give patients, service users and local people an opportunity to influence and challenge decision making about local health and social care services.
With the transfer of Strategic Urban Futures (StUF), a business which was established nearly 20 years ago, to Public Voice we have expanded our community engagement work further with ‘Public Voice Neighbourhoods’.
Public Voice Neighbourhoods provides Independent Resident Adviser services to tenants and leaseholders living on social housing estates which are going through the process of regeneration, Community Engagement services to local authorities and architects carrying out regeneration and development, advice to local authorities who are planning to ballot their residents, and resident involvement and engagement consultancy to local authorities and housing providers.
We are currently working in five neighbourhoods, Cressingham Gardens and Fenwick Estate in Lambeth, Wood Green in Haringey, Wornington Green in Kensington, and Woodberry Down Estate in Hackney.
For more details on Public Voice Neighbourhoods please contact:
Gary De Ferry, Associate Director – Regeneration: email@example.com
Public Voice has been commissioned to develop a consultation and participation strategy, in partnership with young people and their parents / carers, to support the implementation of a new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Strategy in the London Borough of Haringey over the next four years. The participation strategy will provide a framework for commissioners and providers to ensure that service users and their parents / carers have the level of engagement in CAMHS services that suits them, it also provides an opportunity to influence services and how they are delivered.
Public Voice is a partner in a consortium which has successfully bid to deliver the Haringey Advice Partnership, and information, advice and guidance service for Haringey, from April 2016 to March 2019 with an option to extend for a further year. Our role is in local outreach and engagement, identifying needs in the community and targeting specific community groups who are less familiar with information, advice and guidance services. We have particular regard to the needs of people over 50 years of age.
We are building local capacity, skills and knowledge to support vulnerable people across the borough, enabling them to navigate services and systems that maintain their independence.
Public Voice and HAIL worked in partnership to pilot a new Carers Support Project in Haringey, which was funded and supported by Haringey Council Adult Commissioning. Together we provided a range of services to carers in Haringey, making them aware of the services on offer to them, and helping to improve their health and wellbeing.
Public Voice are provided project management support to NHS England as they set up a temporary GP surgery in Tottenham Hale, London. Reports by Healthwatch Haringey and NHS England identified significant under provision of GP resources in Tottenham Hale in 2015. This new GP surgery in Hale Village will meet the short term needs whilst plans are being developed for new facilities to meet future demand in an area of housing and population growth.
Wood Green, London N22 – Area Action Plan (AAP) Consultation
Following public consultation in 2016 on the redevelopment of the Wood Green area in Haringey, North London, Haringey Council announced proposals for the areas transformation in a Wood Green Area Action Plan (AAP).
Public Voice were commissioned by Haringey Council to capture the views of local people on the proposals.
We worked with officers from Haringey Council to involve as many local people and groups in the consultation process as possible, listening to the views of people who live in and around Wood Green, people who go there to do their shopping, people who work or run businesses there, and people who visit for other reasons. Read our report:
Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was allocated approximately £11 million in provisional funding from NHS England to open three new primary care health centres in Haringey. These buildings will be modern, purpose built practices, with the capacity for more patients to use them and for a range of services to be provided alongside GP services. Public Voice, working in partnership with Bridge Renewal Trust, was commissioned to involve local people in deciding how the buildings are designed and what non-clinical service uses these buildings might have. We are conducting targeted engagement with local communities on these developments.