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New collaboration will bring record support to NHS staff who manage volunteers

9th September 2019

We’re delighted to announce our new working relationship with the National Association of Voluntary Services Managers, which will see us combining our strengths to ensure hundreds of our members have more support to manage, lead, and scale their services.

This collaboration will make it easier for members to connect across the country, share best practice, and provide more training and development opportunities for Volunteering service managers, and their teams. In turn, this will bring enormous benefits to the thousands of volunteers giving their time to the NHS, and will provide new opportunities for clinical leaders to shape volunteer roles.

Sally Williams, Helpforce Network Manager, said: “At Helpforce, our vision is to transform the lives of patients and NHS staff through the power of volunteering. We therefore, truly believe that a network of volunteer managers and clinical leaders working with volunteers is key.

We’re delighted to work with NAVSM to support them and their members, encouraging them to network with us, share education and training opportunities for their members. and use our infrastructure to share best practice. The more that members of our networks share with each other, the faster change can happen. NHS volunteers will have support they need to make a real difference to patients and staff.

We look forward to this new collaboration where we can really benefit from the knowledge that NAVSM and their members have, and together we will raise the profile of volunteering services within the NHS.

Louise Mabley, chair of NAVSM, added:

We are pleased to work in collaboration with Helpforce to support, advise and share our knowledge and expertise in voluntary management developed over 50 years.

“Together with our established network of voluntary service managers and regional Hubs we will be able to provide an excellent platform for sharing best practice.

“Our commitment to Helpforce will be to influence policy development at a national level, inspire and contribute to the education and development of robust VSMs and their teams and to strengthen our management network within the NHS through integrated networking.”

Details of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Helpforce a