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NHS Long Term Plan published

8th January 2019

Today the NHS published its Long Term Plan which focusses on giving everyone the best start in life; helping people live well with long term conditions, such as cancer and dementia; and helping people age well.   The Plan covers a number of areas including; how the NHS will support people to take more control…

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Our 2018 highlights

31st December 2018

With 2019 just around the corner, we’re looking back at our highlights from 2018.   Launching Simply Connect 2018, was an exciting year for us!  VC Connect became Simply Connect Solutions, ten years after Sirinda set up our original software business. Whilst the sector and our services have evolved and changed over the years, our…

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Department of Health funded social prescribing service launched

14th December 2018

We’re delighted to see the launch of our newest social prescribing project, Connect Well West Kent – a Department of Health funded service.   This new service will be delivered by our existing partners, Involve Kent, and will see a team of social prescribers based in 5 GPs surgeries across West Kent to support people…

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Simply Connect proud to sponsor NAVCA 2018 Conference

13th November 2018

We’re excited to be sponsoring NAVCA’s forthcoming 2018 conference – Forging Community.   The event brings two days of debate, learning and collaboration, all about community, and how people and communities are re-shaping our society.  Technology is bringing a world of possibilities, allowing us to do more, know more and reach further and wider than ever…

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A volunteer-supported model to addressing wider determinants of health

5th November 2018

Connect Well Croydon is our latest social prescribing project to launch, using a volunteer-supported model to refer people to community-based services.   We’ve been working with Karen Chillman, Head of Volunteering at Volunteer Centre Croydon, to set up the Connect Well Croydon social prescribing service to support local people access community-based services, and help address some of…

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‘Connect Well’ – Self-refer with our trusted social prescribing platform

5th November 2018

Did you know our ‘Connect Well’ social prescribing platform has been supporting self-referrals since 2017? For over a year now, residents in Essex have been using our ‘Connect Well’ platform to access local support services to help improve their health and wellbeing. By accessing the application on their smart-phone or tablet, people can quickly make…

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“Simply Connect is a partner who listens to us, and supports us whenever we need it”

1st November 2018

Case Study Mike Plows, Chief Executive – Bath & North East Somerset Community Volunteering Previously, we were using Do-it to host our volunteering opportunities for the area. Unfortunately we had numerous problems with it, and as a Volunteer Centre, it allowed us minimum flexibility. During the initial year of Do-it going live we had to increase our…

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How to set up a community-asset based social prescribing project

30th October 2018

Karen Chillman, Head of Volunteering at Volunteer Centre Croydon, explains why she worked with us to set up a community-asset based social prescribing project. “Connect Well Croydon has been born from a local need. Our Volunteer Centre is based within the Centrale Shopping Centre, and we had a large number of people coming in who…

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The Digital Fund: new £15 million Big Lottery funding

30th October 2018

The Digital Fund is a new £15 million Big Lottery funding programme to support charities and community organisations to use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive. There are two strands of funding available, depending upon the size and age of your organisations, with more rounds coming in 2019. This could…

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Advice if looking for a new charity database system

29th October 2018

Case Study Sharon Brown, Chief Executive Officer Dial Barnsley   We knew we needed a new database management system as our old database no longer met our current needs. We needed a more integrated CRM system that could be used for case management of our clients, as well as enabling us to create report on our outputs…

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