We work with our members and others to address health inequalities, to improve health related policy, systems and partnership working, and to help people and communities to live healthier and fairer lives.
Day to day, our work involves:
Collaboration and networking: we promote more integrated working and co-produced solutions between the voluntary and statutory sectors in order to promote equality and reduce health inequalities. We facilitate networking and we promote partnership working, co-production and mutual support across our membership.
Promotion and advocacy: we amplify the voice of the voluntary health sector by providing our members with a wide range of opportunities to share their experience, expertise, views and ideas with wider audiences. We gather, build and promote evidence about the third sector’s contribution to health agendas and outcomes.
Leadership and influence: we bring the voluntary health sector’s voice and expertise into national policy making. We do this by connecting our members with Scottish Government, NHS and other public sector decision makers. We support a two-way flow of information and ideas, and provide a platform for our members to be critical friends to policy makers.
Knowledge into action: we raise our members’ awareness of health priorities, we analyse and translate policy for and with our members. We provide our members with a wide range of information and opportunities for learning, knowledge exchange and creation, development and action.
We work with:
- Voluntary health organisations – large and small, national and local
- Other voluntary, community and third sector organisations
- Scottish Government and local government
- Health boards, partnerships and networks
- Universities and research bodies
Our members are drawn from national and local voluntary, community and third sector organisations with an involvement in health issues.