Tips on managing mental health at work

Workplace relations experts Acas have published research which “reveals top tips … to better manage mental health at work”. The accompanying case studies focus on Mind Harrow and Brentwood Community Print.

The report makes the human case that employers should prioritise mental health in the workplace to include careful management of those with mental health conditions, making reasonable adjustments to working practices where appropriate, and educating their whole organisation to challenge stigma.

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Volunteers can make a difference in end of life care

An evaluation into the ‘End of Life Social Action Fund’ has been published by the government. This looks at how effective social action befriending services across 11 sites were at improving quality of life for adults in the last year of life.

The research into the first trial of such a volunteer service was undertaken by Lancaster University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care and the Institute for Volunteering Research. » Continue reading news item ... “Volunteers can make a difference in end of life care”

Volunteering in hospitals can make an impact

Two publications have come out of a ‘Helping in hospitals’ project run by innovation charity Nesta, working with ten hospitals to help them build significant impact volunteering programmes.

There is a final evaluation report ‘Measuring the impact of Helping in Hospitals‘ (download is 56 page pdf, 3.5MB) and also ‘Helping in Hospitals: A guide to high impact volunteering in hospitals‘ (download is 98 page pdf, 1.9MB).

Valuable awards available for health-related charities

The 2017 round of the GSK IMPACT Awards for charities working in a health-related field is now open for applications.

Award winners receive a range of benefits including funding, training and publicity.

  • Up to ten winners receive £30,000 plus the overall winner receives an extra £10,000.
  • Up to ten runners-up receive £3,000.
  • Award winners are offered free training and development valued at up to £6,000.
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Official review sees sector as integral to health and care

The largest ever review of the voluntary sector’s involvement in statutory health and social care has concluded that charities and social enterprises should be deeply involved at every level.

The final report of the VCSE Review, a joint review by the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England, was launched 19th May. As well as urging hospitals, commissioning groups and councils to involve expert charities in the design and delivery of services, it has recommendations for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. » Continue reading news item ... “Official review sees sector as integral to health and care”

Health, faith and social action

Some research and resources on health and care, faith and health, faith and social action.

Voluntary sector strengths needed in health and care

New from think tank NPC, ‘Untapped potential: Bringing the voluntary sector’s strengths to health and care transformation‘. With the health and care system in a state of flux, the voluntary and community sector needs to make a strategic case for its inclusion in the design and delivery of the future health system. » Continue reading news item ... “Health, faith and social action”