Embedding Volunteering in Different Agendas - Hazel Londsdale


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  • No-one knows how GP consortiums will operate but we do know that Health & Wellbeing Boards will be set up to address public health matters
  • Expected that there will be rep from GP’s consortiums and rep from the VCS on the Board I’ve been invited to sit on the Advisory Group and you need to make sure that someone on either of these levels is addressing volunteering We have been developing a Work and Wellbeing Alliance in Glos and have produced a google map and a report to be published shortly. It is anticipated that the WAWA will morph into the Worklessness Implementation Group and again if the Health & Wellbeing Board is to commission volunteering services and projects then we need to be at the table
  • I hope to be able, through our Strategic Volunteering Group , to help expand this and develop this volunteering outcome which is already embedded in the strategy
  • We need to be working to ensure the value of volunteering in all these agendas is fully understood and promoted.
  • Although there is a strong synergy between strong and safer You will note that only one of the six aims references stronger and one of the results of combining stronger and safer can mean that the safer agenda dominates because of statutory targets which have to be met by partners such as police, probation and a
  • A new structure within Gloucestershire – will the task and finish groups be a place where vol orgs can make a contribution
  • This time I’ve posed a series of questions to which I don’t have all the answers but they are areas which may bring challenges and we need to think about
  • Results of Survey showed contribution of £33 million to G’s economy from what was a relatively small response – nevertheless it’s a figure we can use and it is important to have such figures to hand. Also need to demonstrate impact
  • 5,470,000 results on Google for environmental volunteering only outnumbered by volunteering for children & young people
  • We especially need to be aware of the skills agenda and how much volunteering contributes. Especially to people who fall through the gaps of statutory services. To us it’s a given but it needs to be a given with the commissioners of services and programmes, we also need to demonstrate the preventative link with the health agenda I’m aware that we could go on adding more specific themes and each brings peculiar challenges but there is also a lot of cross over and the same principles hold true as do the challenges
  • And moving on to challenges
  • Embedding Volunteering in Different Agendas - Hazel Londsdale

    2. 2. HEALTH & WELLBEING BOARDS <ul><li>17 March 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>The introduction of new health and wellbeing boards has been backed by almost 90 per cent of local authorities, according to the government. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
    3. 3. Proposed Gloucestershire Structure Work and Wellbeing Advisory Group Health at Work Implementation Group Worklessness Implementation Group HEALTH & WELLBEING BOARD
    4. 4. Gloucestershire Healthy Workplace Strategy <ul><li>Outcome 4) </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the benefits of volunteering in relation to improved emotional wellbeing and enhanced employability. </li></ul><ul><li>Build on existing volunteering opportunities in Gloucestershire to support people to gain skills and employment </li></ul>
    5. 5. Embedding Volunteering <ul><li>Back to work/worklessness agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Work Clubs – JobCentre Plus </li></ul><ul><li>Mental Health agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering as a learning experience </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention agenda – redundancy – promotion of benefits </li></ul><ul><li>Supported Volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteering as a mainstream work activity for some </li></ul>
    6. 6. Gloucestershire Stronger Safer Justice Commission <ul><li>A merger of the Safer Stronger Communities Partnership and the Criminal Justice Board </li></ul><ul><li>AIMS </li></ul><ul><li>Build stronger, resilient and cohesive communities that can help themselves </li></ul><ul><li>Prevent and reduce re-offending </li></ul><ul><li>Tackle harmful behaviour such as Anti-Social Behaviour and its causes and enablers, such as substance misuse and alcohol misuse </li></ul><ul><li>Tackle concern about crime and raise public confidence in local communities, the voluntary sector and the statutory public agencies to deal with it. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the effectiveness of our Criminal Justice Service in Gloucestershire </li></ul><ul><li>Raise public confidence in the statutory and voluntary agencies who support victims of crime, and manage offenders </li></ul>
    7. 7. Embedding Volunteering <ul><li>Promote the importance of informal volunteering especially within community groups which don’t always have the recognition of their contributions. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop partnerships / representation which address the criminal justice agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Find out which are the important (decision making) structures in your own areas. </li></ul>
    8. 8. CHILDREN’S PARTNERSHIP <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>The GCP includes representatives from Gloucestershire County Council, district councils, health, Connexions, police, probation service and the voluntary and community sector. </li></ul><ul><li>GCP will be establishing 'task and finish' groups to carry out partnership work </li></ul>
    9. 9. Embedding Volunteering <ul><li>How can we ensure volunteering is high on the agenda both as a contribution and a benefit? </li></ul><ul><li>How can Volunteer Centres contribute to this agenda following the demise of V projects? </li></ul><ul><li>Effects of new safeguarding directives? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the fit between the Sports and the Children & Young Persons’ agendas? </li></ul><ul><li>What should be the role of volunteering in the withdrawal of Youth Services? </li></ul>
    10. 10. Economic Partnerships <ul><li>In Gloucestershire the Partnership is ‘Gloucestershire First’ </li></ul><ul><li>Has traditionally been the most difficult of the partnerships with which to engage </li></ul><ul><li>Like to keep things ‘In House’ </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulty ‘getting’ value of volunteering and concept of Voluntary Organisations as ‘businesses’ </li></ul><ul><li>Small steps, plugging away </li></ul>
    11. 11. Embedding Volunteering <ul><li>Paper written on Redundancy and Volunteering’ </li></ul><ul><li>Having a presence at JobFairs </li></ul><ul><li>Pushing to be invited to events </li></ul><ul><li>Through VCS representative on the Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Survey of Voluntary & Community Sector in Gloucestershire </li></ul><ul><li>Long way to go for volunteering to be recognised for its value to the economy by all of the Partnership </li></ul>
    12. 12. Environment Agenda <ul><li>Which partnerships govern the agenda locally – what is their make-up </li></ul><ul><li>Know what the local priorities are, how can volunteering contribute to the outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Recognition of cross-cutting themes such as the link to the health agenda – individual health, planet health </li></ul><ul><li>Transport plans LPT3 </li></ul>
    13. 13. Embedding Volunteering <ul><li>Promotion & Acknowledgement of the value & contribution of volunteers to: </li></ul><ul><li>Recycling agenda e.g. recycling champions/furniture recycling </li></ul><ul><li>National Trust/Heritage/Horticultural volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Tidy Groups/In Bloom Groups/Tree Groups/Countryside Wardens/Environmental Charities </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Overseas volunteering </li></ul><ul><li>Community Engagement/Green Gyms/Community Transport </li></ul><ul><li>Education/Training </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of campaigning & lobbying groups – climate change, waste agenda etc </li></ul>
    14. 14. More Themes <ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><li>Arts </li></ul><ul><li>Sports </li></ul><ul><li>Education/Training/Skills </li></ul>
    15. 15. Challenges <ul><li>To be at the table or know someone who is </li></ul><ul><li>How to keep pace with changes, national, regional, local </li></ul><ul><li>How to demonstrate the value of volunteering across all sectors, and to demonstrate the cross-cutting nature of volunteering – it reaches all parts </li></ul><ul><li>To be part of the co-production agenda </li></ul><ul><li>To be able to demonstrate social impact (social return on investment) – Volunteering England’s Toolkits </li></ul><ul><li>To be able to demonstrate economic impact </li></ul><ul><li>To be clear about what volunteering is and isn’t – the ethical questions related to community engagement and the Big Society </li></ul>