Volunteering for Health is a £10m programme that is being delivered through a partnership between NHS Charities Together, NHS England, and CW+. Building on the recommendations of the NHS Volunteering Taskforce, it will deliver grant funding and tailored support to around 15 local systems in England.

The programme will speed up change by helping to break down barriers to volunteering, test new volunteering infrastructure models, and develop guidance and best practice for all systems. It aims to influence the policy environment and increase our understanding of the impact of volunteers and volunteering across the NHS, alongside the potential role of NHS charities in helping the NHS to deliver the best care.


NHS Charities Together has held two sessions to share existing good practice, research and learning to inform the development and preparation of proposals to the Volunteering for Health programme. Led by sector experts from the King’s Fund and the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action, the webinars will help stimulate ideas for partnerships and provide insight on successful approaches already underway across the country.

Watch the recordings via the links below:

Practice and Learning Session 1
Led by Helen Gilburt from the King’s Fund: A strategic approach to volunteering within an NHS context

Practice and Learning Session 2
Led by Alex Boys from NAVCA: Local VCSE and volunteering infrastructure and the role of VCSE alliances


The Volunteering for Health programme was delighted to receive 98 proposals for the Volunteering for Health grant funding and are now approaching the end of a multi-stage assessment and moderation process.  We will notify partnerships of decisions in the second half of June and share learning.

Successful partnerships are expected to start a development phase from 1 July.

We thank you for your time, enthusiasm, and patience, and look forward to sharing more updates in the coming weeks.

Please see the guidance document below for more information. In addition, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) are answered here.