Moving mental health beyond hashtags

By Jennifer Richards
on 5 December 2018

High profile campaigns have raised awareness of a range of mental health problems and the broad need to do something to help people who experience them. But is this enough and how do we move past awareness to make sure the support is available for people who need it?


Mental Health in the UK: From Awareness to Action?

on 15 October 2018

Carin Eisenstein, NPC Consultant, looks back at the last year in mental health, highlighting the vital role charities have played in promoting awareness and the need for private funding—now more than ever.


NHS & VCS at 70: NHS charities—towards an understanding of impact

on 17 August 2018

NPC has been working with the Maddox Group of CEOs of NHS charities. Our work with them points towards both the value that these charities have in themselves and lessons for others in the voluntary sector who want to work with the NHS and understand their impact.


NHS & VCS at 70: Allies in the struggle for the nation’s health

on 17 August 2018

The NHS has always been supported, in one way or another, by charities. Now, as we face a rising tide of conditions whose origins lie in social issues of loneliness, inactivity and the like, Iona Joy, NPC Head of Charities, argues the two sectors should formalise their alliance.

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NHS & VCS at 70: How charities can drive change when the NHS is under financial pressure

By Kay Boycott
on 12 July 2018

How do health charities drive change for patients when the NHS is under pressure from every direction? It’s time to diversify who and how you influence, says Kay Boycott from Asthma UK.


NHS & VCS at 70: Can charity models help reduce health inequality?

By Alex Fox
on 5 July 2018

On the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS, we launch the first of three blog examining the relationship between the health service and the voluntary sector. Authored by Alex Fox, CEO of Shared Lives Plus, this first piece explores the potential for the voluntary sector to offer support for a growing number of people with long term needs, where the line between health and social care blurs.


Mental health: awareness for all?

on 16 May 2018

This Mental Health Awareness Week, Leanne Bennett asks if charities are doing enough to raise the level of understanding of the less common, more complex, conditions.

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Good lives, good health: how the voluntary sector helps to keep people well

By Sir Michael Marmot
on 16 November 2017

Stark and widespread health inequalities in the UK represent a striking social injustice. The impact that social factors have on our health mean that even charities that are not explicitly pursuing a health-focused mission are helping to keep people well. Leading expert on the social determinants of health Sir Michael Marmot introduces new research from NPC on the important role the voluntary sector plays in helping us live longer, healthier, lives.

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Keeping us well: How non-health charities address the social determinants of health

on 15 November 2017

This report aims to support non-health charities to better understand and use the evidence about the social factors that impact on people’s health and well-being: from housing to relationships, good food to good work.


NPC’s evidence for the Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement

on 24 October 2017

Our submission, focusing on the role of civil society in civic engagement.


Where next for the Health Data Lab?

on 14 September 2017

In spring we wrote a letter, backed by 24 charities, to the Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, outlining the need for a Health Data Lab. Find out what he thought, and what comes next.


How do non-health charities help reduce health inequalities?

on 12 September 2017

The UK's life expectancy is falling behind other countries in Europe, according to new analysis. There are plenty of things that affect the nation's health, which means even the work of non-health charities may be helping keep people well. At NPC we're working on a guide to help voluntary sector organisations better understand the social determinants of health. Katie Boswell explains.