Natalie Castro currently runs the Befriending Plus project for One Westminster that supports many older people living in the borough through its network of volunteer befrienders. The aim is to improve the lives of older people and help them remain as independent as possible.
At a time when general practice is under pressure, volunteering has been highlighted as a means of engaging with communities. In its latest report, The King's Fund shares the different ways volunteers are contributing to general practice.
parkrun UK supports local communities around the country to establish and coordinate free, weekly 5k events for people of all ages and abilities. The non-profit organisation is halfway through a three-year project that aims to encourage walking, jogging, running and volunteering amongst people with disabilities and long-term health conditions.
Guidance published by NICE this month looks at people's experiences in adult social care services and how they can be improved. In this blog post, ex-chair Alice Maynard shares why it's so important for the guidance to be shaped by the experiences of people receiving social care.