volunteers

Mapping the Social Services Organisational Landscape

This guide is intended to map out the key organisations operating in the social services field in Scotland. It provides an indication of the range of intermediary and umbrella organisations with which voluntary sector providers of social care may need to link and engage.

2056 : what future for Maggie's children?

Document containing a series of essays which examine the challenges facing 'Maggie's children', those born between 1980 and 1995, and their prospects for the later stages of their lives in 50 years time. Topics discussed include pensions, health and social care and education and recommendations are made as to how these challenges can be met.

Voices for Choices, Drink and Drugs news (22 March 2009)

This article, pages 8 and 9, covers news and views from the second national service user involvement conference in Birmingham. Using results of a consultation at the event, DDN looks at whether service users had been offered choices about treatment - and whether those choices had worked well for them.

Carers: what can be done to improve the support offered to carers?

This BBC radio programme looks at carers and asks what a future government could do to improve the support offered them.

Production values : futures for professionalism (Demos collection 22)

Collection of papers focusing on how the role of the professional will develop in the future. It looks at the ways professionalism is changing and evolving in various sectors such as policing, teaching, children's services and the voluntary sector.

Engaging young homeless people: Crisis' experience of being involved in the v programme

Report describing the evolution of a one-year programme to provide volunteering opportunities for 52 homeless young people in London and Newcastle and offering tips to other organisations on the best way to set up and develop similar projects.

Volunteering in the Highlands and Islands : final report to Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Report of research which studied volunteering in the Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) area in order to establish future trends in the demand for and supply of volunteers. The research was prompted by difficulties recruiting volunteers in the HIE area.

Together we will change : community development, mental health and diversity

Report combining research, policy and practice gained from a project in Bradford called Sharing Voices. This project was created to help black and ethnic minority (BME) people better understand their mental health needs and develop appropriate solutions. The report is intended to be of use to those commissioning or delivering community development initiatives targeted at people from BME groups with mental health needs.

Home alone : combating isolation with older housebound people

Report presenting in detail the reality of being older and housebound in the UK and setting out an agenda for change in which individuals' choices are supported and encouraged by innovative and personalised service delivery.

Mental health, recovery and employment

This is the fifth in a series of discussion papers designed to help generate debate on how best to promote and support recovery from long-term mental health problems in Scotland. This paper is not a review of the literature, but aims to encourage discussion and action around supporting people with long-term mental health problems to gain and sustain suitable employment, which in 'the mental health world' should go hand in hand with the development of recovery orientated services.