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).

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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.

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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.

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