Can Do Health & Care - Thinking Differently Together About Volunteering - Sept 2021

1 | Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care System (ICS) Volunteering Barbara, the event chair, and CEO at St Nicholas Hospice has worked in hospice care for many years, and volunteering has always formed an integral part of all hospice activities. For St Nicholas Hospice Care, and many other charities, volunteering is a fundamental part of what they do on a daily basis. For other organisations it is something they would want to grow and develop. 1. Introduction Online event Wednesday 8 September 2021 ‘Thinking Differently Together’ about… Barbara Gale Event chair and CEO St Nicholas Hospice Volunteering is good for everyone: It’s good for the person who gives that time; it’s good for the community; it’s great for the organisation; it has lots of value on all sides – giving can make you feel better and help your own wellbeing. A NCVO survey (2019) identified how people like to give time in their local community and this was particularly visible throughout the Covid crisis. • 8 in 10 give time in their local communities • 1 in 4 felt too much bureaucracy • P ublic sector volunteers are twice as likely to agree that their volunteering was ‘too structured or formalised’ than civil society volunteers. • 68% felt it reduced isolation (77% of 18-24s and 76% 25-34s) Volunteering covers a broad spectrum, but it is always about the people who volunteer – in a range of different roles. Each role needs to be treated differently. Some volunteers have specific skills and want to give their time for free - ‘pro bono’ volunteers; there are formal volunteers, who have been through some sort of process to fulfil a role specific to that organisation; there is informal volunteering, the kind that a person may be doing in their own community; but there are also people that just want to help each other in their community – being good neighbours.