London Voluntary Service Council to launch database of health service charities

On the Radar website will give voluntary bodies that deliver public health services their own pages free of charge

London Voluntary Service Council
London Voluntary Service Council

The London Voluntary Service Council will next week launch a new database of voluntary sector organisations that deliver public health services in London in a bid to get commissioners to use voluntary organisations to deliver more services.

The Department of Health and NHS London have given the LVSC about £32,000 to set up the website On the Radar.

Voluntary sector organisations that deliver public health services will have their own pages on the site with details about what they do. Organisations can be listed on the site for free.

Sandra van der Feen, policy officer at the LVSC, said commissioners would eventually be able to search on the site for organisations that deliver various types of public health services, such as alcohol and drug misuse prevention or healthy lifestyle improvement.

"The point of the database is to show commissioners the value of voluntary sector organisations delivering those services," she said.

"We’re also hoping eventually to provide support for smaller organisations so they can demonstrate their impact. That will help increase their chances of getting commissioned."

Only organisations involved in delivering alcohol services will be featured on the site at first, said van der Feen, but the LVSC was hoping to add other areas of work soon.

Alison Blackwood, head of policy at the LVSC, said: "At a time when the future of health services delivered by VCS organisations is uncertain and is threatened by cuts, this database will help organisations get the recognition they deserve, demonstrating their great impact in delivering public health services for Londoners." 

Organisations that want to sign up to appear on the site should email radar@lvsc.org.uk.

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