Embedding Volunteering in Different Agendas - Hazel LondsdalePresentation Transcript
EMBEDDING VOLUNTEERING IN DIFFERENT AGENDAS - INCLUDING HEALTH & WELLBEING HAZEL LONSDALE CHIEF EXECUTIVE THIRD SECTOR SERVICES 25 TH MARCH 2011
HEALTH & WELLBEING BOARDS
17 March 2011
The introduction of new health and wellbeing boards has been backed by almost 90 per cent of local authorities, according to the government.
Care services minister Paul Burstow said 134 councils have now signed up to be early implementers of the cross-working boards, which are designed to remove divisions between local government and the NHS.
According to the coalition, the new system will join up health and social care while giving local communities a greater say over the provision of services in their area.
Proposed Gloucestershire Structure Work and Wellbeing Advisory Group Health at Work Implementation Group Worklessness Implementation Group HEALTH & WELLBEING BOARD
Gloucestershire Healthy Workplace Strategy
Promote the benefits of volunteering in relation to improved emotional wellbeing and enhanced employability.
Build on existing volunteering opportunities in Gloucestershire to support people to gain skills and employment
Back to work/worklessness agenda
Work Clubs – JobCentre Plus
Mental Health agenda
Volunteering as a learning experience
Prevention agenda – redundancy – promotion of benefits
Volunteering as a mainstream work activity for some
Gloucestershire Stronger Safer Justice Commission
A merger of the Safer Stronger Communities Partnership and the Criminal Justice Board
Build stronger, resilient and cohesive communities that can help themselves
Prevent and reduce re-offending
Tackle harmful behaviour such as Anti-Social Behaviour and its causes and enablers, such as substance misuse and alcohol misuse
Tackle concern about crime and raise public confidence in local communities, the voluntary sector and the statutory public agencies to deal with it.
Improve the effectiveness of our Criminal Justice Service in Gloucestershire
Raise public confidence in the statutory and voluntary agencies who support victims of crime, and manage offenders
Promote the importance of informal volunteering especially within community groups which don’t always have the recognition of their contributions.
Develop partnerships / representation which address the criminal justice agenda
Find out which are the important (decision making) structures in your own areas.
The Gloucestershire Children’s Partnership (GCP) provides the strategic steer for all multi-agency work related to services for children and young people in Gloucestershire
The GCP includes representatives from Gloucestershire County Council, district councils, health, Connexions, police, probation service and the voluntary and community sector.
GCP will be establishing 'task and finish' groups to carry out partnership work
How can we ensure volunteering is high on the agenda both as a contribution and a benefit?
How can Volunteer Centres contribute to this agenda following the demise of V projects?
Effects of new safeguarding directives?
What is the fit between the Sports and the Children & Young Persons’ agendas?
What should be the role of volunteering in the withdrawal of Youth Services?
In Gloucestershire the Partnership is ‘Gloucestershire First’
Has traditionally been the most difficult of the partnerships with which to engage
Like to keep things ‘In House’
Difficulty ‘getting’ value of volunteering and concept of Voluntary Organisations as ‘businesses’
Small steps, plugging away
Paper written on Redundancy and Volunteering’
Having a presence at JobFairs
Pushing to be invited to events
Through VCS representative on the Partnership
Survey of Voluntary & Community Sector in Gloucestershire
Long way to go for volunteering to be recognised for its value to the economy by all of the Partnership
Which partnerships govern the agenda locally – what is their make-up
Know what the local priorities are, how can volunteering contribute to the outcomes
Recognition of cross-cutting themes such as the link to the health agenda – individual health, planet health
Transport plans LPT3
Promotion & Acknowledgement of the value & contribution of volunteers to:
Recycling agenda e.g. recycling champions/furniture recycling
National Trust/Heritage/Horticultural volunteering