Nesta and the Department of Health are offering up to £50,000 to a small number of hospitals to mobilise more young people to help improve patient experience, satisfaction and outcomes in hospitals.
Why are we doing this?
We know that thousands of volunteers are already giving their time to volunteer in their local hospital, helping to transform the lives of patients and their carers.
When they do, anecdotal evidence suggests this is both beneficial for the patient and the volunteer. We want to learn from hospitals as they expand their volunteering service and support them to measure their impact more effectively and share learning with others.
We also know that many volunteering workforces are largely made up of older volunteers. Our partner, the Department of Health, is interested in encouraging the health and social care sector to offer more quality opportunities for youth social action and volunteering.
What are we doing?
We’ve opened a £200,000 grant fund to hospitals to expand their younger volunteer workforce between April 2015 and March 2016. We expect to make four to five grants of £35-50,000.
We’ll offer you help and support to develop your ideas and make an excellent proposal, and if you are selected to receive a grant you will also receive non-financial support from Nesta to connect with and learn from other hospitals on the programme, establish rigorous impact measures (gathering impact data quarterly) and publish evaluations of the work.
The application deadline has now passed for this programme. We will be announcing the successfully funded hospitals shortly.