Department of Health announces Volunteering Fund National Awards

Thirteen charities supporting health and social care projects will share £6m

Paul Burstow, the care services minister
Paul Burstow, the care services minister

The Department of Health has awarded £6m to 13 charities to support volunteering projects in health and social care.

The funding is from the first DoH Volunteering Fund National Awards and will be paid in instalments over three years until 2014.

According to the DoH, the 13 charities were selected for excellence in one of four categories: getting more volunteers into the health and social care sector; improving the patient experience; improving public health; and improving health and social care.

The 13 charities that will receive funding are:

* Platform 51 (£638,982)

* Age UK (£600,000)

* The Place2Be (£599,471)

* YMCA England (£594,316)

* Mencap (£587,795)

* The Young Foundation (£577,045)

* Refugee Council (£562,201)

* CSV (£561,217)

* Action for Blind People (£556,600)

* Family Lives, operating as Parentline Plus (£525,751)

* NCT (£494,309)

* Bliss (£453,854)

* Diabetes UK (£101,905)

Paul Burstow, the care services minister, said: "Thirteen very different charities have been selected to receive this funding, all united in the compassion of their volunteers and commitment to improving health and wellbeing.

"Initiatives range from tackling health inequalities and preventing ill-health to improving health outcomes and spreading information and good health advice."

Benita Refson, chief executive of The Place2Be, a schools-based counselling service, said: "The national grant will enable The Place2Be to extend the reach of our service by skilling-up volunteers from local communities over the next three years.

"It will also build the charity’s capacity by extending the network of volunteers."

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