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New and Improved Toolkit to increase Youth Social Action in Health and Social Care


National charity Volunteering Matters has launched a new edition of its toolkit to enable more young people to volunteer within health and social care. Aimed at health and social care organisations, the online resource combines inspirational case studies from across the country, links, and step-by-step, practical advice.

First released in 2014, the toolkit has been updated in partnership with the #iwill campaign and the National Association of Voluntary Services Managers (NAVSM), with support from NHS England and NHS Improvement. 

The Toolkit was launched as part of the national #iwill week at an event hosted by the #iwill campaign and NHS England to explore how youth social action can support priorities within the new long-term plan of the NHS.

Oonagh Aitken, Chief Executive of Volunteering Matters is optimistic about the future of youth participation in health and social care. “We want social action and volunteering to be part of the everyday lives of young people, improving the health and wellbeing of everyone. This new and improved toolkit will help to do just that – supporting more initiatives and organisations to make the most of youth social action and volunteering in health and social care.”


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