Growing volunteering across health and care

Helpforce partners with health and care organisations to transform how they deliver volunteer services


We work with NHS hospital Trusts, integrated care systems and partnerships, and voluntary and community sector organisations to increase volunteering opportunities and accelerate their impact.
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What we do

  • Enable organisations to maximise the potential of volunteering to improve outcomes for people and services
  • Co-create innovative volunteering solutions with health and care organisations
  • Connect the people leading volunteers to improve quality together


How we work

  • We partner with organisations to grow impactful volunteering opportunities
  • We capture and share insights and data to build the case
  • We make the case for leaders to invest in volunteering

Our Back to Health campaign

The Covid-19 pandemic shone a light on the power and potential of volunteers in health and care organisations. Millions provided incredible support support to people shielding and to the national vaccination rollout.

Although we've made it through the worst of the pandemic, we now face another crisis. Health and care staff and services are being stretched to breaking point, with increasing demand and significant workforce shortages. There are huge backlogs for routine operations, with a waiting list estimated at 5.6 million people (as of October 2021)

Volunteers must be a key part of the solution, helping the country recover faster and stronger. We're working tirelessly with our partners to involve volunteers and help bring the country back to health. Failure to maximise the proven power of volunteering would be a major missed opportunity.

Helpforce Connect

We are an online community of professionals with an interest in volunteering in health and care. We support each other through sharing our knowledge and discussing new ideas.

Adopt and Adapt

Helpforce offers health and social care organisations bespoke support to adopt and adapt existing services.

Insight & Impact

Our Insight & Impact (I&I) service helps you measure the difference your volunteers make to your NHS Trust.

"For our organisation, joining the Back to Health campaign as a partner is a complete no-brainer. Not only have we received great support from the Helpforce team to help us realise the great impact of volunteering on our patients and staff, but they have also given us a platform to voice our support for volunteering in health and care. I urge more health and care organisations to join this important campaign to maximise the huge power of volunteering.”
Lucy Boutler

Lucy Boulter

Volunteer Services Manager

Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

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