Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund: national evaluation. Jane South Professor of Healthy Communities [email protected] Acknowledgements.
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Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund:national evaluation
Professor of Healthy Communities
Presentation will include:
Source: The King’s Fund (2013)
Volunteering in health a care. Securing a sustainable future.
Evaluation design & methods
National Interviews (9)
Making a Difference
Synthesis of results
Source: HSCVF project monitoring forms
Most common volunteering activities were (n= 623):
•giving advice, information, counselling (38%)
•practical help (33%)
•visiting people (32%)
•organising or helping run events (25%).
‘It’s that warm feeling inside of thinking I’m doing something decent here…and there is an enormous amount of feel good factor for somebody like me…on a personal level it leaves something with me, on a professional level I’m learning to do what I want to do.’
‘If I wasn’t a volunteer I would be stuck in a day centre, just looking at four walls basically. Whereas I can get out and meet people and it gives me a better social life.’
[My Care, My Choice]
Source: Volunteers’ Views Survey (n=544)
Source: Volunteers’ Views Survey
‘These volunteers are the first step of knowledge about the whole thing. Midwives, Doctors, GP surgeries don’t reach to that point. These volunteers are reaching right out into the community, and even their families it’s wonderful.’
‘I think when you are saying you are a carer yourself, then you just want to help other carers, that barrier goes down.’
[Older People’s Budgets]
‘I’ve befriended lots of parents unofficially because you can’t stop it once you start doing it. You can’t see somebody trapped if you can just chat to them, even if it’s just let’s go down to Sainsbury’s and have a quick cup of coffee and a laugh.’
[Calderdale Parent and Carers]