This is the core steering group for the CCGs engagement and involvement activities and it is chaired by the CCG's lay Governing Body member for engagement, Janis Gibson (right).
The group has a diverse membership across many different areas of our local community and has a wide range of different age groups from late teens, to older people. Membership consists of representatives from:
- Local voluntary organisations
- Residents Associations
- LGBT groups
- Cultural and minority groups
- Mental health groups
- Community Advisors
- Patient Participation Groups
- Health specific support groups
- Citizens Advice Bureau
- Public Health
- Southend Borough Council
- Southend Youth Council
- Southend YMCA
- Healthwatch (Southend)
- Local Acute Trust
- Ambulance Trust
- Learning Disability groups
The meetings are held once a month and the style and agenda for meetings is mixed, with a formal agenda giving items for discussion and regular workshop sessions, where members engage in specific pieces of work or projects to assist the CCG in the development and implementation of plans.
Some comments from current steering group members:
“The Public Health Team at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has been an active participant in the Community Engagement and Advisory Group. The Group has provided opportunities for engaging with members who play an active role in representing their organisation. The Group has provided Public Health a space to promote its role of improving population health; informing members about public health services; and, enabling the Group to participate in activities such as the Physical Activity Survey.” Simon Ford – Health Improvement Practitioner Advanced, Southend Borough Council.
“As a member of the Community Engagement Advisory Group is part of a journey. Those of us who are active in our community must try and integrate our input into the CCG and utilise all opportunities with our co-members, to assist the work of the group but to ensure we look to develop and keep the work topical and practical for our Community. We cannot all be there every meeting, but I find the feedback is essential, thus to stay up-to-date! It is an essential level I believe as a filter and progressor for process!” Kim Woodyer-Byers, Squirrels Voluntary Club
“My name is Judith Snell, and on the Community Engagement Advisory Group, I represent a charity called SAFE (Supporting Asperger Families in Essex). Autism is described as a hidden disability and people with the condition are lacking in social skills. By representing this group, I am able to pass on information that may not otherwise be reaching our members, due to their disability.I have also found that I can be the ‘voice’ for our members that are so very often forgotten. I count it a privilege to have a seat on the advisory group and trust that our contributions go a little way to making life easier for all the organisations that are represented.” Judith Snell – SAFE, Essex.
"I represent Citizens Advice Southend on the Community Engagement Advisory Group. Our involvement allows us to link issues raised at the CEAG with our social policy work. We can also highlight issues to our clients, our paid staff and volunteers who predominantly live in the Southend area. An example of this is the information received about the introduction of the GP Weekend Service in Southend." Trish Carpenter Manager Citizens Advice Southend