The Contribution of Volunteering to Scotland's Health and Wellbeing - Report and Influencing Policy Guide
Volunteer Scotland and the Scottish Volunteering Forum have launched a major new report ‘The Contribution of Volunteering to Scotland's Health and Wellbeing’. It reveals how volunteering can help Scottish society face some of its biggest challenges: an aging population, labour market skills shortages, mental and physical ill-health , social isolation and loneliness, and poor community engagement. Volunteering brings even greater benefits for volunteers who experience disadvantage and exclusion.
Volunteering’s extraordinary contribution in helping to address Scotland’s health and wellbeing challenges, which it achieves through:
How we can enhance this contribution – ten recommendations for both policy makers and practitioners have been put forward, including:
A supporting document aimed at policy makers and stakeholders has been created to help integrate volunteering into a wide range of policy areas The Contribution of volunteering to a healthier and happier Scotland: how organisations can help to influence policy and practice in Scotland This document will be of interest to policy teams within the Scottish Government as well as local authorities, Health and Social Care Partnerships and organisations across the voluntary, public and private sectors.
We would like your help to share this report and the influencing policy document with your colleagues and stakeholders including Local Authorities and Health and Social Care Partnerships.
This report follows the publication of Scotland’s ‘Volunteering for All National Framework’ earlier this year. The 2019-20 Programme for Government highlights our commitment to developing and launching a delivery plan for the Outcomes Framework over the next year.