This Volunteering and social action paper succinctly articulates the benefits of volunteering and social action, and considers there future role in the health and care system.
What is volunteering?
Volunteering is time given freely for the benefit of others. It takes many forms and may take place through organisations (formal) or with friends and neighbours (informal). In health and care, it can happen in any services, including GP surgeries and hospitals.
What is social action?
Social action is time freely spent with others to tackle local problems, negotiate with public services, and improve conditions that benefit all. It is often carried out through independent community groups. Social action can be aimed at improving the health of individuals or the community. It can also ensure that the wellbeing of people involved is maintained or improved.
The impact of volunteering and social action
People who volunteer or take social action have better health and wellbeing.
Volunteering and social action give people more control over their lives
People who take part in volunteering and social action develop new skills
Volunteering and social action help health and care services do better.