Community and voluntary The community and voluntary sector plays a crucial role in both health care, social care and ensuring healthy lives for people across the UK


The community and voluntary sector, or third sector, encompasses a broad range of organisations and groups. It includes everything from small local action groups to social enterprises to international charities and everything in between.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

An anchor approach to sustainability

10 November 2021

Drawing on findings from the Health Anchors Learning Network, Jenna Collins explores how the NHS can help combat climate change through its role as an anchor institution.

Do we care enough?

22 February 2021

Episode 5. We all need care at some point in our lives – so why is care undervalued so often?

Sustaining community-led action in recovery: learning lessons from the community response to COVID-19 in Wales

Research project

Research project to understand the role of community-led action as a protective factor against widening health inequalities during, and in recovery from, the COVID-19 pandemic.

How can we share data across sectors to help shape our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic?

19 November 2020

The chief executive of NPC describes their innovative work creating a COVID-19 data dashboard, to help charities and funders access and use relevant data to tackle the pandemic more effectively.

Four partnerships chosen to be part of the Health Foundation’s programme to improve health care services through collaborative communities

28 October 2020

Four teams have been selected to be part of the Health Foundation’s £2.1 million programme, ‘Common Ambition’, for partnerships developing collaborative communities where people, families, health care...

Developing a radical new approach for designing services with people with learning disabilities and autistic people in London

Improvement project

This project is aiming to improve the quality of relationships and listening between people with learning disabilities or autism and health care professionals, through the co-design of services via co...

AWARE-IBD = Putting People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in control of their care

Improvement project

This project will create partnerships, led by people living with IBD, to design services and deliver improved outcomes, putting people with IBD in control of their care and focusing on what matters to...

Working with people of African and Caribbean heritage to reduce HIV transmission in Bristol

Improvement project

This project is aiming to reverse HIV health inequalities experienced by people of African and Caribbean heritage living in and around Bristol by developing and testing a series of interventions with ...

Improving health services with homeless people in Brighton

Improvement project

This project is aiming to improve health services for homeless and vulnerably housed people in Brighton and Hove by integrating the experiences of people who use the services into evaluation, improvem...

Operational research applied to decisions in home health care

Journal article
22 June 2020

A systematic literature review of decisions relating to home care.

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