Funding news

New DH 'Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund' - 14 December 2009

Replacing the Opportunities for Volunteering scheme, the new Department of Health scheme will continue to support local volunteering projects in health and social care and national projects to improve health and wellbeing.

The new scheme is expected to open to applications in January 2010 and will award grants for volunteer projects which could include schemes such as providing friendship and support to vulnerable adults, community services for disabled children and help for those living with and affected by HIV. It will prioritise projects which work towards key aims such as improving adult social care and reducing health inequalities.

The scheme will be managed by a partnership including leading national third sector bodies, Attend, Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and Prime Timers working with ECOTEC.

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