Turning Point Comments on New Strategic Vision for Volunteering in Social Care

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Commenting on Turning Point's new strategic vision for volunteering in social care, Turning Point Connected Care's Assistant Director, Gemma Bruce said;

"The investment of £2.6 million towards national volunteering and social action projects is a step in the right direction.  Volunteers make a huge contribution towards the delivery of health and social care services in this country.  Getting the most from volunteerism requires investment for training, supervision and development, particularly when the volunteers are working with some of the most marginalised members of society. At Turning Point, we believe that there needs to be a range of different opportunities for local people to play a role in service delivery - with both paid and unpaid opportunities as well as scope for progression.

"The way services are commissioned can influence the way in which volunteering is encouraged and in turn affect health and social care outcomes.  Through Connected Care - Turning Point's model for community led commissioning, we have trained people as Community Researchers who we employ to carry out research amongst the local population into health and wellbeing services.  This research is then fed back to commissioners so that services can be redesigned to better meet local need.  Many Community Researchers have gained valuable experience for themselves whilst also benefitting the community as a whole."