Resources

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Tips and advice for care homes working with the community

Resources for the community to learn more about care homes

Volunteering toolkits for care homes

Volunteer recruitment

Volunteer training

Volunteer management

Evaluation tools

Reports and evaluations of community engagement projects

Other useful links


For care homes working with the community

Tips and advice from care homes working with their communities – a bulletin from My Home Life
Thank You card for care homes to send to community contacts who they think might be interested in doing more with them
Postcards to send to local contacts to invite them to link with the care home with instructions
A certificate for care homes to give to community contacts
Templates for a noticeboard in the care home acknowledging the contribution from the community
A pack developed by the Essex Friends and Neighbours team

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Resources for the community to learn more about care homes

Care home factsheet

Care home myths BUSTED – designed to address some of the preconceptions some may have about care homes

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Volunteering toolkits for care homes

Volunteer management toolkit from the National Care Forum and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group. An executive summary of this toolkit is also available. Includes template forms for:

  • Service users to request a volunteer
  • Volunteer role description
  • Volunteer application form

Volunteering in care homes resource collection on Know How Non-Profit from NCVO

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Volunteer recruitment

Advertising top tips and checklist of places to advertise for volunteers

Sample volunteer role descriptions created by care home managers:

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Volunteer training

Volunteer induction training powerpoint from NCVO and Skills for Care for trainers to use with:

A Care Home Friends Volunteer Training Manual from the Care Home Friends programme run by Embracing Age

Case study on preparing volunteers to support people with dementia from Know How Non-Profit

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Volunteer management

Case study on volunteer matching

The NCF/VODG toolkit includes template volunteer agreements (page 71)

Volunteer supervision form (helps to keep up to date with your volunteers so they feel part of the team)

Investing in Volunteers is a good practice standard in volunteer management

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Evaluation tools

Volunteering Impact Assessment toolkit (£42 for NCVO members, £60 for non-members)

Methodology from the evaluation of the NCVO Volunteering in Care Homes pilot – from the Institute of Volunteering Research

Page 72 of the NCF/VODG toolkit includes other evaluation tools

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Reports and evaluations of community engagement projects

Community Visitors run by MHL Essex Community Association – Tanner, C. and Morgan-Brett, B. 2014. Executive summary.

Two year review of the Essex Friends and Neighbours programme (FaNs). 2015.

Care Home Volunteers – Salisbury pilot project evaluation – del Tufo, S. and Chapman,P. 2015. Executive summary.

Reminiscence Arts and Dementia Care: Impact on Quality of Life, 2012-15. Interim Report of the Evaluation. 2015. Nicholson, H., Keating, F., Lloyd, J. and Cole, L.

Evaluation of the NCVO Volunteering in Care Homes project – Hill, M. Forthcoming. Executive summary of the interim evaluation.

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Care Home Open Day – Friday 17th June 2016

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