Department of Health to award up to £5.1m for health and social care volunteering projects

Paul Burstow, the care services minister, announces that local Home Starts, Age UKs and mental health organisations will be among the recipients of grants worth up to £50,000

Paul Burstow
Paul Burstow

The Department of Health today announced it is awarding up to £5.1m to voluntary organisations for volunteering projects in health and social care.

It will give grants worth up to £50,000 to 51 local voluntary organisations, including local Home-Start charities, Age UKs and various mental health organisations. The successful applicants, who were named today, will share a total of £2.5m.

Paul Burstow, the care services minister, also announced national volunteering organisations will be able to apply for a share of up to £2.6m next week. They can apply for a maximum of £200,000 a year for up to three years.

The department’s health and social care volunteering fund is supplying the funding.

Successful bidders had to meet one of four themes: improving health and social care; delivering better health outcomes; improving public health; and a patient-led NHS.

The funding announcement coincides with the launch of the DoH’s new ‘volunteering vision’.

Burstow told Third Sector the vision aimed to "more closely align" funding for voluntary organisations with the DoH’s strategic priorities.

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