Volunteering in Pennine Lancashire
Our communities across Pennine Lancashire want to do the best they can for each other and their neighbourhoods. Encouraging volunteering and building community capacity to complement public services is a key strategy for improving health and wellbeing through prevention. We have an estimated 114,000 formal volunteers, and we know that there are thousands more informal volunteers who support each other within 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 National Council of Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) defines volunteering as "any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to close relatives." Central to this definition is the fact that volunteering must be a choice freely made by an individual.
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 aquality 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
The Pennine Lancashire Volunteer Project is funded by Health Education England (HEE) with the specific aim of reviewing volunteer services across the three sectors 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 in the area. Twelve organisations form the project partnership, (shown in the table below) representing thousands of active volunteers deployed in Health and Social Care within the Borough Council, Voluntary Community and Faith Sector (VCFS) and the NHS.
To learn about the benefits to volunteering click here.
Click on the links to see what volunteering opportunities are available at each partner organisation: