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DH Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund National Awards announced today

The Department of Health's Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund has announced funding for the first round of national grant scheme projects.

A total of 13 organisations will receive a maximum of 200,000 per year for a maximum of 3 years starting mid-2011. All successful applicants went through a two stage application process which began at the beginning in December.

Each organisation was selected for excellence in one of the following criteria:

Patient-Led NHS;
Delivering Better Health Outcomes;
Improving Public Health; or
Improving Health and Social Care.

These National funded projects will work collaboratively with statutory health and / or social care commissioners to test volunteer-led approaches to provision that complement existing statutory services. 

Minister of State for Care Services Paul Burstow said:

“Thirteen very different charities have been selected to receive this funding, all united in the compassion of their volunteers and commitment to improving health and well-being. Initiatives range from tackling health inequalities to preventing ill-health and improving health outcomes to spreading information and good health advice.”

Director of the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund Carolyn Hay said:

"The projects selected for the national grant scheme have tremendous potential for both their contribution to volunteering and the Department of Health's strategic priorities. The projects have all put forward interesting and innovative proposals, although they are all very different from each other. We are very much looking forward to seeing the results. "

Click here to view the full press release on the Department of Health's website.

Click here to view who we have funded