NHS Trusts: Young Volunteer Programmes

Volunteers are essential in supporting the smooth running of the NHS.  They add value to services, enhance patient experience, support staff, and improve care.  When young people volunteer, they bring something special to patients and services, as well as developing their own skills, confidence, wellbeing and career opportunities.

 

Through the Pears #iwill Fund, in partnership with Big Lottery Fund and DCMS, we have joined forces with NHS England and NHS Improvement to grow youth volunteering across health and care services as part of the NHS 70th birthday year.  Working with NHS Trusts and their respective charities, we are seed funding youth volunteer coordinators in sites across England, aiming to embed high-quality, inclusive and sustainable opportunities for young people to engage with their local NHS Trust in a variety of roles.

 

The first six sites were launched at NHS Expo in 2017, and since then we have continued to recruit NHS Trusts keen to engage with young people in their communities.  All the NHS Trusts supported through the Pears #iwill Fund have joined a Peer Learning Network, convened and facilitated by the Institute for Voluntary Action Research, to inform practice and support learning across the programme.

We are currently working with: Birmingham Women's and Children's NHS FT, University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS FT, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Trust, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT, Dorset County Hospital NHS FT, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Manchester University NHS FT, Northumbria Healthcare NHS FT, Royal Free NHS FT, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS FT, South London and Maudesley NHS FT, West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Yeovil District Hospital NHS FT

 

If you are an NHS Trust interested in this area, have a look at our insights document, written by the participants in Nesta’s Helping in Hospitals programme, specifically around the role of young volunteers.  If you are interested in applying to the Pears #iwill fund, full guidance on the application process is available to download here, and project registrations can be submitted online here.

Further information about growing youth social action in health and social care can also be found on the #iwill camapign's #NHS70 page.