The VEnable project was developed in response to issues relating to volunteering and health identified through the delivery of the Refreshed Strategy for Volunteering in NHS Scotland (launched in 2008) in addition to as the growing challenges associated with Scotland’s ageing population. The project was experimental, testing various approaches to methodology with a vital aspect of the work being to capture key learning to share more widely.
The project was delivered from November 2011 to December 2012 and was led by Volunteer Development Scotland (VDS) in partnership with NHS Tayside, with support from the Scottish Government Health Directorates. It involved a literature review of evidence, followed by research to map how volunteering contributes to older people’s health and care in Tayside.
The work sought to identify key needs or gaps in support for older people where volunteers could potentially play a vital role. Considerable challenges were identified in addition to positive examples of approaches to involving volunteers which have the potential to be widely replicated.
Here are the main resources produced as part of the VEnable project.
Ann Graham, Senior Charge Nurse from NHS Tayside shares how volunteering has helped add value to the delivery of patient services on her ward at Ninewells hospital.