£5.4 million for volunteer-led health and care projects

Categories: Community Engagement.

Through the Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund, 13 projects will receive up to £200,000 per year for up to three years. Each project will work collaboratively with statutory health and/or social care commissioners to test volunteer-led projects that complement existing statutory services.

The MND Association will use the funding to support work in the east of England, where volunteers will work directly with people affected by MND and their carers to provide advice and support to help them navigate health and social care services. An interactive online portal for people with MND will also be developed to signpost people to the right services.

The Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Connecting Communities in London’ pilot project will test a new approach to improve dementia awareness through information and support for people living with dementia from Black and Minority Ethnic communities in eight London boroughs.

Age UK South Staffordshire is coordinating the ‘Eat Well Staffordshire’ project to improve awareness of malnutrition among the public, carers and GPs, and establish tools and mechanisms volunteers can use to implement changes that positively impact on key factors influencing community malnutrition.

The Carers’ Resource in Harrogate will use the money to provide more ongoing local peer support for carers by recruiting, training and supporting volunteers.

Minister for Care Services, Norman Lamb said: “I’m really excited to announce such an innovative and diverse selection of projects, working with people to find new ways to give their time and volunteer to improve the lives of the most vulnerable people in society. I’d like to encourage people to get involved and share their experiences to make these projects a success.”

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