Pears #iwill Fund: Increasing opportunities for young volunteers in NHS Trusts

We are excited to announce that we are now inviting targeted expressions of interest for funding.

Pears Foundation - 20 March 2017

On 1st February 2017, we were delighted to join a meeting at the King’s Fund of representatives from ten NHS Trusts, alongside their respective NHS Charities, to share our outline proposal for a funding stream dedicated to increasing quality youth social action opportunities in the health and social care sector.

It was a real privilege to be able to attend the meeting, and to hear from a range of organisations, at very different stages, about the challenges they are facing, and the support they need.

Building on the discussion and the research undertaken by NestaVolunteering Matters, and Livity, we have now collated insights from participants in Nesta’s Helping in Hospitals programme, specifically around young volunteers.

Using the learning gathered above, we are now in a position to invite targeted expressions of interest for funding from NHS Charities.  Full guidance on the fund, and the application process, are available to download here.  Organisations that have fully read the guidance document and are ready to register their project should do so here.

Thank you to everyone who has helped us get to this stage, particularly the #iwill campaign, Nesta and the Royal Free Charity.  We very much look forward to building on this work in the coming months, and will post updates here.