Volunteering in health and social care:

13 November 2019 - 13:00

UEA School of Health Sciences seminar
Volunteering in health and social care: the potential and the challenge.
13.00 - 14.00
Dr Jurgen Grotz, Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UEA
In this seminar we will robustly challenge the idea that volunteering is the panacea for all problems in health and social care. In television programmes, newspaper campaigns and in much public discourse, the benefits of volunteering in health and social care are taken for granted and widely promoted. This is welcome as there is evidence to support some benefits of volunteering but is also concerning as we do not know the current extent, nature and contribution of volunteering in health and social care in England. Further concerns arise as this discourse is often ill-informed and ignores key relevant knowledge like the recommendations for NHS arising from the Lampard Inquiry, investigating the activities of Jimmy Savile within the NHS. To use a medical metaphor, we know the benefits of medicine but that doesn’t mean picking any packet of pills off the shelf and start self-medicating. At the UEA Institute for Volunteering Research, we seek to build on the extensive body of often co-produced knowledge on the benefits of volunteering and the difference it can make, but we categorically reject the ‘quackery’ of ill informed calls for more volunteers and volunteering.
All staff, students, members of the public welcome. Tel 01603 591212

Free - Booking not needed
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Room 01.09, Queens Building
Category:Community and education
Type:Talk or discussion
Contact: Sally Beet