Working with innovative Trusts
In partnership with NHS England, we are working with NHS hospital trusts to help fund and transform volunteering in and around hospital settings.
Thank you to the 91 NHS hospital trusts who submitted a fantastic 115 expressions of interest to our Volunteering Innovators Programme. It is exciting to see so many Trusts, across all settings, engaged with volunteering and keen to expand. It was clear from the applications there is a lot of effective and innovative volunteering practice going on across the country.
Helpforce is working with 12 NHS hospital trusts to develop high-impact volunteer innovations that will be refined and shared to help other trusts in the UK adopt effective volunteer services.
Ten are funded by NHS England funding, and will each receive a £75,000 grant. All twelve will have access to a range of supporting services, digital tools, resources and guidance. The trusts, who were chosen through a competitive process will focus on a range of specific volunteer roles. The volunteer interventions have been identified as those which could make the most impact if refined, tested and scaled to other NHS settings.
NHS England, an early supporter of Helpforce has made volunteering a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan. Read Emma Easton’s blog
“We can create a future where safe and reliable volunteering in the NHS is part of our everyday lives, helping patients and our brilliant frontline staff to get the very best from the health service.”
Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallet, Chair and Founder of Helpforce