Leeds Metropolitan University commissioned for HSCVF programme level evaluation

The following is a press release from the Health & Social Care Volunteering Fund.

Leeds Metropolitan University commissioned for HSCVF programme level evaluation

We at HSCVF believe it is important that our work with funded projects and what the programme achieves overall is independently evaluated. We have contracted the Institute for Health & Wellbeing at Leeds Metropolitan University to do this. The evaluation, which will run until April 2013, will aim to provide a robust, independent assessment of the HSCVF programme and explore how the overall programme, together with national and local projects, has contributed to wider strategic objectives around volunteer support, community capacity, commissioning and partnerships.

Professor Jane South and Dr Gianfranco Giuntoli along with other colleagues from the University will be working on the evaluation. The team has an extensive track record of research and evaluation around volunteer health programmes and community engagement approaches, including community health champions, health trainers and peer based interventions.

Jane South from Leeds Metropolitan University said: “We are absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to evaluate the HSCVF programme. We are looking forward to finding out more about the national and local projects, and exploring how capacity building is linking to grassroots activity in health and social care. We will prioritise listening to those with direct experience of how it is working, whether they be managers, staff, volunteers or service users”.