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Congratulations to Camden Resilience Network

The Camden Resilience Network, of which C&I is a key member, has been shortlisted for a Health Service Journal (HSJ) Partnership Award. HSJ awards are highly respected and this is a great achievement for everyone involved and a testament to the hard work and innovation of this pioneering project, which helped service users and vulnerable people in the community.  C&I has worked with many organisations across Camden; with Mind in Camden and Likewise taking lead roles in the Camden Resilience Network. Other partners include Camden Community Framework Task & Finish Group (a sub-group of the Camden Mental Health Integrated Care Partnership Group) which includes four co-production partners (Experts by Experience) as core members, alongside representatives from Public Health, Adult Social Care, NHS organisations and the voluntary sector.  In the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemic, face-to-face appointments and interventions were scaled back and group therapies put on hold.  Many of our services users with serious mental illness also lost access to their normal social support networks. They were at risk of loneliness, health anxiety, worry, or grief, about relatives and friends and at an increased risk of paranoia.  There were the pressures of ruptured routines and family relationships, barriers to accessing food, medicines, money and personal care packages and an increased vulnerability to relapse due to the harmful effects of isolation.  In response, C&I, commissioners and Camden’s Resilience Network, which consists of local voluntary sector mental health organisations, rapidly accelerated the development of an integrated, preventative mental health support.  A key component was the establishment of a Single Point of Access (SPA) to voluntary sector and wider community support, with two lead voluntary sector agencies coordinating support for service users: Mind in Camden and Likewise.  Liaising with C&I’s Resilience Network Leads, they ensure that a person’s individual and holistic needs are met, both through providing support directly and by connecting them to a wide range of other support offers provided by voluntary sector and community-based organisations.  As part of this, they play a ‘holding’ role, ensuring that support is joined-up and that there is no risk of service users falling through gaps between services. 

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