Care home volunteering project reports in

Volunteers brought into a care home can have a profound positive impact on residents’ wellbeing, according to new analysis of a three year pilot project run by NCVO. However, the research undertaken by the Institute for Volunteering Research, also found that pressures, including a lack of staff time, meant that many care homes struggled with volunteer management.

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Developing charity leadership through peer consultants

A new programme to improve charity leadership has been launched by the King’s Fund and GSK, partnering with Comic Relief.

Health and wellbeing charities which have received training and leadership development as part of the GSK IMPACT Awards will be supported to act as peer-consultants to develop leaders in a wider pool of charities. Those to benefit from the Cascading Leadership Programme will be selected by Comic Relief according to its independent evaluation processes.

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Youth services in The Mix

The youth organisation formed by the merger of charities YouthNet and Get Connected has launched its new brand, The Mix.

The Mix will offer a range of support services for under-25s, with a focus on mental wellbeing and creating opportunities through volunteering. The branding will be fully rolled out by the summer, with an aim to reach over 2 million young people by 2018, a quarter of the UK’s population of 16-25 year olds.

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Gathering, sharing, analysing sector data

Progress with two new charity data sharing initiatives in children’s services, charity funding/grants.

Data sharing in children’s services

SupportShare is an experiment in data sharing in the field of children’s services, testing the hypothesis: is access to other data a sufficient incentive for organisations to share their own data?

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Influencing local policy for (and by) those with multiple needs

The Making Every Adult Matter coalition has published two guides about influencing local policy, for organisations working with those who have lived experience of multiple need.

The first part of the guide gives details about the key stakeholders (across criminal justice, health and housing) whose decisions impact people with multiple needs and how to engage with them, whilst the second gives advice about how to involve people with lived experience in policy influencing work.

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