£500,000 for healthcare volunteering

Volunteering England is to make grants worth more than £500,000 available to voluntary and community organisations involved in social and healthcare projects.

The latest funding round from the Opportunities for Volunteering Scheme, a Department of Health fund managed by Volunteering England, will give priority to projects that involve volunteers in health promotion, health advocacy, and support for people with “specific health conditions and social care needs”.

Organisations will be entitled to bid for grants of between £10,000 and £35,000 per year for a period of three years.

Barbara Moody, VE grants and development officer, said the grants represented a “great opportunity to improve the lives of disadvantaged people in communities where there is a high level of need”.

She added: “Projects must benefit both volunteers and service users. Working as a volunteer can improve an individual’s skills, confidence and self-worth.”

Grant criteria

Successful projects will be able to show that they:

  • Bring about “lasting change” for people and communities facing disadvantage and discrimination
  • Influence policy and practice in statutory health and social care services
  • Bring different groups together to foster “mutual understanding, awareness and respect
  • Build a partnership of two or more organisations to share good practice and learning regarding the management of volunteers


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