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Health and social care volunteering grants awarded

Grants for voluntary sector health and social care projects to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
The Department of Health has awarded 30 voluntary sector projects grants totalling over £4 million as part of the Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development (IESD) Fund and a further 11 projects have been awarded grants totalling over £1.6 million as part of the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF).
The IESD projects cover a range of different services from dementia friendly swimming to increasing support for those bereaved by suicide. HSCVF projects work across a range of areas including autism, chronic or long term conditions, obesity in children and mental health.
Minister for Care and Support, Norman Lamb, said:
Volunteers and community projects make a difference to millions of people’s lives and help us to build a fairer society. I am delighted this money will help these projects to continue supporting people with health and care needs in their local communities.
One of the charities benefitting from the scheme is the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), which will use the funding to develop its dementia friendly swimming project by providing low intensity exercise, relaxation sessions and Swimfit for people with dementia and their carers.
Head of Health and Wellbeing at ASA, Lara Lill, said:
Dementia is one of the biggest health challenges facing us today. The Dementia Friendly Swimming project will contribute to making a difference to people’s lives. It is designed to create a safe and friendly environment working to lower the barriers to participation.
Ambitious about Autism will use the funding for its myVoice project, which supports young people with autism.
Chief Executive of Ambitious about Autism, Jolanta Lasota, said:
We are delighted that the Department of Health is generously funding our myVoice project. Through the project, young volunteers with autism will be able to have a direct influence on the services they access.
Other successful organisations include the Royal Voluntary Service, South Yorkshire Housing Association, Royal National Institute of Blind People and Diabetes UK.
Read full details of IESD projects (PDF, 100KB, 12 pages) and HSCVF projects (PDF, 60.8KB, 4 pages).