Newcastle LINk and its legacy
Local Involvement Networks (LINks) were launched in April 2008. They gave people a say about their local health and adult social care services, investigating issues of concern and suggesting improvements.
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 then replaced all LINks throughout England with a Healthwatch in each local authority area, including Newcastle, from 1 April 2013.
Newcastle LINk achieved a great deal in the five years it existed and wanted to ensure that its work, experiences and good practices weren’t lost in the transition to Healthwatch Newcastle. This included a legacy package containing the ‘Newcastle LINk’s legacy’ document, a CD-ROM full of resources, a LINk storyboard showing key milestones and three videos about its volunteers and its work.
A big 'thank you' event was held on 26 March 2013 to celebrate the LINk's impressive achievements and say goodbye. Members left the event with a copy of ‘Newcastle LINk’s Legacy’ and a delicious cupcake. Everyone who attended the event also received a CD-ROM.
Newcastle LINk reports: