The Department of Health has named the 21 voluntary organisations that will receive a share of £3.5m of funding under its strategic partners programme for 2013/14.
The Department of Health Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme was launched by the DoH in 2009 to improve communication between the department and third sector health and social care organisations in England.
The DoH this week named the organisations, selected from 66 applicants, that have been selected to take part in the programme for 2013/14. They will receive up to £200,000 each in funding.
Olivia Butterworth, head of public voice at NHS England, which is one of the bodies that delivers the programme, said the size of the funding for each organisation was yet to be decided, but would be based on action plans developed by the organisations themselves, subject to the agreement of the DoH and partners.
Norman Lamb, the care minister, said: "The voluntary sector has a valuable role to play in improving health and wellbeing, and this new programme will help develop and build strong and productive partnerships with the sector and support organisations to build capability more widely."
Michelle Mitchell, charity director general at Age UK, said: "We hope to support the development of the voluntary and community sector through our networks at a local level, allowing local organisations to use their knowledge, experience and expertise to improve the health of people in later life across the country."
The 21 strategic partners are:
- Age UK
- Carers UK and Carers Trust
- Community Service Volunteers
- The Disability Partnership (Royal Mencap Society, Scope, Sense, the National Autistic Society)
- Disability Rights UK, Shaping our Lives National User Network and Change
- Men’s Health Forum
- Mental Health Providers Forum
- Nacro, Action for Prisoners’ Families and Clinks
- The National Children’s Bureau
- The National Council for Palliative Care, Help the Hospices and Marie Curie Cancer Care
- The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services with Addaction, the Association for Young People’s Health, Brook, Clic Sargent, Street Games and Youth Access
- The National Housing Federation
- The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Partnership
- National Voices
- The Race Equality Foundation
- Regional Voices
- The UK Health Forum
- The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group, the National Care Forum and Sue Ryder
- The Women’s Health and Equality Consortium.