Growing young volunteers in hospitals: Pears #iwill Hospitals
Pears Foundation, in partnership with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Big Lottery Fund, are managing a dedicated strand of the #iwill Fund to support the growth of inclusive, high-quality, youth social action opportunities in the Health and Social Care sector.
The programme of funding builds on previous reports from Nesta, Livity and Volunteering Matters and will primarily provide seed-funding for volunteer manager posts within NHS Charities. Volunteer managers will target 16-18 years olds and prioritise recruiting young people from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds in order to tackle participation gaps. You can find out more about the NHS Charities involved in this here: http://www.pearsfoundation.org.uk/partners/nhs-trusts-young-volunteer-programmes.
In addition to working with the Pears #iwill hospitals, Step Up To Serve, NHS England, NHS Improvement and the Pears Foundation are working with seven areas across England that are prepared to take the lead on showcasing and promoting the impact young people can have on health and social care: Birmingham, Bristol, South East London, Newcastle, Sheffield, Dorset and Suffolk.
As a Beacon Area, each area is committing to do the following:
Capturing and showcasing existing activity that highlights the impact of young people in health and social care
Developing new, sustainable activity that supports each of the three themes of the campaign’s health and social strategy
Hold a celebration event during #iwill week in November
Take part in the Public Conversation campaign
Hold a Big Lunch – resources available here: www.edenprojectcommunities.com/celebrate-nhs70-with-the-big-lunch