Pears Foundation is delighted to announce the launch today of two new reports jointly commissioned by Pears Foundation and NHS England and NHS Improvement, and authored by the King’s Fund on Volunteering in NHS Trusts.
Commissioned on the back of the work Pears Foundation has been supporting in partnership with the #iWill Fund on youth volunteering, this research looks at the broader picture of NHS Volunteering. Covid-19 has obviously highlighted the huge potential and contribution of volunteers, but it has also posed questions on the ongoing inequalities in volunteering, the roles volunteers hold and the importance of re-framing volunteering as more than an ‘added extra’, recognising its integral contribution to the delivery of health care.
The research is split into two papers. Adding value through volunteering in NHS trusts is a comprehensive resource that explores the role of NHS trust volunteering within the wider community and integrated care systems and reflects on some of the challenges. How can a strategic approach to volunteering in NHS trusts add value? is a brief report that outlines how trusts can develop, assess and enable a strategic approach to volunteering.
We very much look forward to continuing our partnership with NHS England and NHS Improvement to support the development of their work on volunteering.