Connecting Communities Alliance (CCA)
The CCA supports people with mental health issues, as well older people, disabled people and people with learning difficulties. It aims to reduce debt, homelessness and hospital admissions, and improve individual health and wellbeing.
What is the CCA?
The CCA is a partnership formed by voluntary sector organisations in the Royal Borough of Greenwich. It helps people who are using specialist services manage the transition to mainstream services. The partnership comprises of BLG Mind, Age UK Bromley & Greenwich, Greenwich Mencap, the Volunteer Centre Greenwich and equality and diversity charity Metro.
What does the CCA do?
The CCA provides information, signposting and guidance. Each specialist organisation in the partnership uses its expertise to help connect people to the correct mainstream services to support their needs, which can include providing volunteers to support people to attend meetings if required.
How was it formed?
In April 2019, BLG Mind successfully secured funding for four years from the Royal Borough of Greenwich Voluntary Sector Grants programme to develop our Greenwich mental health services. As well as expanding our Mindful Mums and Peer Support service, the funding was used to create the CCA.
The Disability Law service
Alongside the services we offer via the CCA, BLG Mind hosts a weekly surgery with the Disability Law Service to support people who are experiencing mental health difficulties with benefit claims.
This surgery is usually held at our Greenwich office, but is currently being conducted remotely due to COVID-19.
Find out more about our work with the Disability Law Service.