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The National Learning Hub for Volunteering raises national standards

In collaboration with Health Education England (HEE) and the NHS, we have developed new national standards for volunteering to connect those involved in health & care volunteering with training and education opportunities.

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The National Volunteer Certificate - for volunteers

With our partners e-Learning for Healthcare, we have developed e-learning sessions for all volunteers wishing to take the new National Volunteer Certificate. By taking this certificate you will feel more confident volunteering in health and care, and show your volunteer manager the learning you have committed to.

The new National Volunteer Standards were co-designed with Volunteer Service Managers to provide a framework for induction education for volunteers. The aim is to improve consistency and standardisation in volunteer induction and enable volunteers to develop within their volunteering role. Completion of induction supports the process for ensuring that volunteers are safe in the environment in which they will be volunteering.

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Free resources for volunteer leaders

Join now to access the latest training to develop your career, and stay up to date with the fantastic resources available. They will help you lead and train volunteers who sign up to help in health and care. You will find hundreds of courses, from keeping volunteers safe, to working with apprenticeships, and more, for you volunteer managers who know the difference a team of volunteers can make.

The learning hub by Helpforce is a real game changer and a fantastic tool that encourages the development of volunteer management professionals to improve their skills and support their personal development, it also offers volunteers the opportunity to access quality training and work towards an national NHS volunteering standard. The learning hub will provide much needed support to all areas of health and social care volunteering.

Barry Pridmore, Volunteer Manager at the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust

The hub, which was co-designed with volunteers and volunteer leaders, brings together the best training resources available, from respected providers such as The Open University, e-Learning for Healthcare and many others. Learning never stops and the National Learning Hub for Volunteering is an invaluable resource for all volunteers, and those who work with volunteers, who wish to advance their career, gain new skills and achieve accreditation.

Kay Fawcett OBE, Health Education England