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Integrated Approaches to Volunteering

This Group was formed to support organisations working within integrated care settings with the development of volunteering - including staff from ICSs/STPs, local authorities, voluntary & community sector, primary care, and other NHS settings. The Group was initially formed to support the Integrated Approaches to Volunteering national programme that Helpforce delivers in partnership with NHS England & NHS Improvement.

The Group is intended for anyone working on volunteering initiatives within an integrated care setting. We hope that members will benefit from shared learning, news, ideas, and problem solving.

The Group is set to “public” which means that all content created by the Group members, except the discussion forums, is visible to visitors of the Helpforce Connect website.

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IAV Drop in - Volunteering in Primary Care

On Wednesday the 27th January we will be holding a webinar session to look at the some of the challenges, and opportunities around volunteering in Primary Care.

This was one of the topics raised by systems when we restarted the programme back in September. We have spent a bit of time talking to people in Primary Care and looking at different projects from around the country that have demonstrated success.

We want to use this session to check some of our thinking about how volunteering can develop in primary care and use your insight to draft our next how to guide.

The event takes place at 11am on the 27th January. You can join through this link and you do not have to register. We look forward to seeing you.

By Darren Wright 21st January 2021 Heart 0 Likes
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How To: Funding Volunteer Projects

As part of our Integrated Approaches to Volunteering work we are working with different systems to focus on some of the key system challenges. One of the key challenges to progressing volunteering initiatives is accessing funding.

Through talking to different ICSs and STPs we have tried to bring together what you have told us about accessing funding from within systems. We are conscious that commissioning isn't the only route to getting projects up and running but it is a key element of showing how volunteering can support integration.

We have drafted the attached How To Guide to set out some considerations in framing a business case around a system based volunteering project.

It looks at things like:-

- Understanding ICS priorities

- Where projects sit in systems

- Demonstrating integration

- Fitting into pathways

This is our starting point on this work and we would really like to talk to you about the bits that work but even more importantly, what is missing.

By Darren Wright 20th January 2021 Heart 0 Likes
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Drop in session - Funding Volunteering

Last week we held a session to talk to different systems about approaches to getting volunteer projects funded.

The slides from the session are attached.

We looked at how projects need to be aligned with ICS priorities, how projects need to demonstrate integration and how the design of projects needs to take account of the relative position within a system.

One of the key bits of understanding that we developed through the webinar is that we need more clarity on what we mean by "funding". It's a broad term that encompasses grant funding through charitable means and services that are commissioned as part of a system. There are common elements of the approaches taken to access these funding streams but also important differences.

A key bit of feedback from systems was about the need to stop seeing volunteering initiatives as projects in isolation. Instead we need to look at where volunteering can add value in existing (or newly developed) pathways.

This makes a lot of sense. If we are going to promote volunteering as a key element of integration then we need to recognise that pathways through systems are the things that will make integration work.

We are going to incorporate this feedback into our guide to funding and make that available as soon as possible.

This is the start of our work on funding and we are keen to work with those systems that are looking at funding as an issue for their volunteering plans.

By Darren Wright 19th January 2021 Heart 0 Likes
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IAV - Webinar - Funding for Volunteer Projects

On Wednesday the 13th January we will be holding one of our regular Integrated Care webinars.

This week we will be looking at how to find funding for volunteer projects from within systems. We have done some early work on this and would like to talk to you about it on Wednesday.

If you going through the process of developing a business case for a volunteer project or have been successful in getting a project funded we would like to talk to you.

You can join the session (no need to register) at 11am on Wednesday 13th through this link.

By Darren Wright 11th January 2021 Heart 0 Likes
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Portability and Passporting Session

Thanks to everyone that came along to our Portability and Passporting session at the end of December. For those that weren't able to attend we've put a recording of the webinar up for you to watch.

In the session we covered an outline of how to get started on passporting by identifying the problem that is might solve for a system. The slides from that part of the meeting are attached to this post.

We also received an update from NHSE on how their work on passporting is developing. In considering how you develop your own solution to passporting it is useful to consider that there is some national resource available.

Finally we had a very brief overview of the work that is being done in Lancashire to create a proof of concept of how passporting can be solved from a technical point of view.

We hope you found the webinar useful and we are keen to work with any systems that in the process of building a volunteer passport.

By Darren Wright 7th January 2021 Heart 1 Like
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Diabetes Prevention Project Update

Shared on behalf of NHS Gloucestershire CCG

Author: Verona Vidal

Date: 1st December 2020

Gloucester Community Building Project were commissioned to undertake a piece of work to initiate community responses to diabetes prevention. The organisation takes a place-based community building approach, which means Community Builders go out and meet people in their community to find out about their interests and passions. In doing so, they reveal issues that are important to them.

Although the project is focussed on Diabetes the strengths, and interests, based approach is likely to have an impact on multiple health outcomes. The range of outcomes is being measured by the University of Bristol and will be used inform how this project is expanded beyond the Kingsholm area of Gloucester.

The approach is based on spending time to get to know people in a particular place. Through building relationships connections can be made between individuals and underutilised community assets can be developed.

This project is an excellent example of both improving health at a place level but also recognising the value of a community setting its own health priorities.

By Debbie Ambrose 4th January 2021 Heart 0 Likes

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Integrated Approaches to Volunteering

This Group was formed to support organisations working within integrated care settings with the development of volunteering - including staff from ICSs/STPs, local authorities, voluntary & community sector, primary care, and other NHS settings. The Group was initially formed to support the Integrated Approaches to Volunteering national programme that Helpforce delivers in partnership with NHS England & NHS Improvement.

The Group is intended for anyone working on volunteering initiatives within an integrated care setting. We hope that members will benefit from shared learning, news, ideas, and problem solving.

The Group is set to “public” which means that all content created by the Group members, except the discussion forums, is visible to visitors of the Helpforce Connect website.

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