Helping in hospitals

A £1.5m initiative from Nesta to back up to fifteen hospitals to significantly expand the reach and impact of their hospital volunteering service.

Nesta says: “thousands of volunteers are already giving their time to volunteer in their local hospital, helping to transform the lives of patients and their carers. When they do, anecdotal evidence suggests this is both beneficial for the patient and the volunteer.”

The £1.5m Helping with Hospitals initiative will back up to 15 hospitals to significantly expand the reach and impact of their hospital volunteering service, and share the evidence of the impact this has had on patients and their families.

Nesta are looking for hospitals (Acute, Mental Health or Foundation Trusts) who can apply for financial support through one of the following waves:

  • Wave 1 is for hospitals with well-established volunteering services, who wish to consolidate the impact of their service and trial innovative new practice. The maximum funding available under this wave is £50k
  • Wave 2 is for hospitals currently with smaller volunteering services, who wish to build the capacity and impact of their service. The maximum funding available under this wave is £100k.
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