Volunteering in Pennine Lancashire
Encouraging volunteering and building community capacity to complement public services is a key strategy for improving health and wellbeing through prevention. In Pennine Lancashire we have an estimated 114,000 formal volunteers, and we know that there are thousands more informal volunteers who support each other within their communities. In order to support these volunteers and to be able to develop and promote volunteering across health and social care, the right frameworks need to be in place.
The Pennine Lancashire Volunteer Project was funded in 2017 by Health Education England (HEE) with the specific aim of reviewing volunteer services to develop a whole system approach. Volunteering plays a huge role in bringing communities together and improving health and wellbeing. It is recognised that volunteering makes an immense and valuable contribution in improving the health and wellbeing of people and strengthens community spirit.
Twelve organisations form the project partnership, (shown in the table below) representing thousands of active volunteers deployed in Health and Social Care within the NHS, Borough Council, Voluntary Community and Faith Sector. By working together, we will maximise opportunities for volunteers and organisations to support the health and wellbeing of residents.
In 2018 the Pennine Lancashire Volunteer Project launched a strategy which set out five aims:
- Ensure that volunteers are consistently trained, recruited and supported in Pennine Lancashire and receive a quality volunteering experience
- Raise the profile of volunteering and the associated benefits
- Support communities and vulnerable people in their health and wellbeing; either directly from services or through volunteering itself
- Ensure that appropriate support, resources and guidance is available for the management of volunteers, including sharing challenges, sharing good practice and ensuring the supporting infrastructure is fit for purpose
- Support the future supply of the health and care workforce
To learn about the benefits to volunteering click here.
If you want to know more about Volunteering, have a look at the FAQs section here.
Click on the links to see what volunteering opportunities are available at each partner organisation: