CSV and In Control have joined together to launch a programme
looking at using the principles of self-directed support and
supported volunteering to help ensure that the most marginalised
and vulnerable people in society are more included.
The Contribution through Volunteering programme is aimed at
helping local councils and the NHS better support people with care
and support needs to volunteer in community activities in ways that
mean they can learn, grown and ultimately take control of their own
The economic downturn has resulted in an increase in the number
of individuals experiencing compromised health, wellbeing and
quality of life. This includes lower benefits payments, limited job
opportunities, and reducing wages as well as tighter eligibility
criteria and fewer staff in services.
Public policy is clear that the voluntary and community sector
needs to take action to tackle this issue by working with - rather
than for - people and communities in ways which make use of their
assets and focus on their abilities rather than
The Contribution through Volunteering programme has been
developed in response this challenge combining two of the most
successful models in the co-productive approach, self-directed
support and supported volunteering. It also draws inspiration from
CSV's Vocal project in the East of England and In Control's
experience in delivering self-directed support over the past
More detailed information about the programme and the
'Contribution through Volunteering' model can be downloaded below
in the background information document.
As part of the programme, In Control and CSV are providing
regional workshops as an opportunity for people to not only find
out more about this new approach and model, but contribute to the
discussion about its development and application in local
The workshops are being held in In Control's personalisation
improvement programme areas including the North West, Yorkshire and
Humber and Eastern regions. In Control's personalisation
improvement programmes support regional organisations to pull
together and combine limited resources enabling a more significant
programme of work.
The first workshop takes place on 11th December in
Cambridge for the Eastern region.
To take part in the Eastern workshop, councils can send
nominations for the event and topics they are interested in (set
out in the agenda below) to Natasha Burberry, Sector Led
Improvement Programme Manager, Natasha.Burberry@adasseast.org.uk
by 18th November.
For more information about In Control's regional programme in
the Eastern region visit this page
Or to find out information about our other regional work and how
you can get your region involved, email Martin Routledge: firstname.lastname@example.org