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Harnessing the power of young people to transform health and social care services
The #iwill campaign has developed recommendations for health and social care organisations that will enable more young people to support the vital services they provide.
Today, a new report from the #iwill campaign highlights the potential value of increasing social action opportunities for under-20s in health and social care settings, and has produced a set of recommendations on doing this. Volunteers are crucial in health and social care, and there is increasing evidence that volunteering can help transform health and social care services, and bring about real improvements for patients and the wider public. By opening up more opportunities for young people to volunteer, campaign, and fundraise in health and social care settings, a new generation could be developed who are more aware of how to look after themselves and those around them.
As one of the 20 organisations across the UK included in the report we described how we involve young volunteers in a variety of services that help older people in a number of setting whether it be in a hospital or when they get back home after a stay in hospital.
We work with young people over the age of 14, offering additional supervision for those under 16.
Typically, roles can include:
On ward volunteers – working with social care services in hospitals, befriending and running errands
Home from Hospital – companionship, befriending and accompanying people to social events.
Good Neighbours – includes gardening, putting shopping away or just popping round to say hello!
Read the full report, Youth Social Action in Health and Social Care