Four local charities are celebrating after being awarded the Quality for Health Award which demonstrates they are delivering good quality services and health benefits to people who use their services.
SAVS, Relate South Essex, Active Life and Headway Essex all provide services and support to people that benefit their physical or mental health.
The Quality for Health Award which is externally assessed, formed part of the Social Prescribing programme delivered by SAVS which linked GP patients with the voluntary and community sector.
“The voluntary and community sector can help people in so many ways and Social Prescribing helps GPs help their patients. GPs can refer patients to us and in turn we link them up with local charities and voluntary groups,” says Alison Semmence, CEO of SAVS.
“The award meant we could demonstrate to GPs that we provide excellent services at a high quality to their patients.”
Sarah Potts from Active life is delighted to have achieved the Award,
“We are proud to receive the Award as we are committed to providing excellent services for Southend people and this external validation confirms we are getting it right,” says Sarah.