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Ensuring everyone is included in their communities

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 20th March.

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

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Last Updated : 28 February 2014. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.