As part of its joint Contribution Through Volunteering
Programme, In Control and CSV have been running a number of
regional events to look at how organisations can use the principles
of self-directed support and supported volunteering to ensure the
most marginalised people are more included in society.
The 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.
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.
As part of the programme, In Control and CSV have run workshops in
the Eastern and North West regions and will be running an event for
representatives from the Yorkshire and Humberside region on the
CSV will also be hosting a webinar with In Control on the 22nd May
at 10am. For more information, please see www.in-control.org.uk/webinarschedule2014