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Hastings Voluntary Action: age-friendly and inclusive volunteering grant programme evaluation

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CENTRE FOR AGEING BETTER

Publisher(s):

Centre for Ageing Better

Publication year:

2021

An evaluation of the Hastings Voluntary Action (HVA) project, which comprises three strands: a club, ‘Volunteering by the Sea’, for people that may be taking a break from volunteering or face barriers to participation; recruitment of volunteer champions to help inspire and support people into volunteering, as well as help design the model and steer the project; organisational health checks, promoted with local volunteer organisations to reduce barriers and embed age-friendly and inclusive volunteering principles and practice, as well as potentially providing a source of volunteering opportunities for volunteer club members. The Hastings Age-Friendly Volunteering project highlights the potential benefits of a multi-faceted approach. This model combines a sociable age-friendly volunteering club, predominantly co-located at a volunteering hub and community café to provide immediate volunteering opportunities, and volunteer champions to inspire, inform and support older people interested in volunteering. This model helps overcome barriers by applying age-friendly and inclusive volunteering principles, and support people into a variety of volunteering opportunities that suit their circumstances. The model has shown, where it has successfully engaged with people, that it can help increase social connections, reduce isolation and loneliness, and help improve self-esteem and confidence, both through engaging in the club itself and participating in subsequent volunteering opportunities. This in turn can potentially help improve emotional and physical well-being. (Edited publisher abstract)


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