CSV and In Control launch Contribution through Volunteering programme

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 lives.

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 'dis-abilities'.

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 decade.

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 communities.

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, by 18th November.

For more information about In Control's regional programme in the Eastern region visit this page /news/in-control-news/in-control-supports-eastern-region.aspx

Or to find out information about our other regional work and how you can get your region involved, email Martin Routledge:


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    Last Updated : 21 November 2013. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.