This guest post was contributed by Kristen Stephenson, Volunteering Development Manager, at NCVO
The Volunteering in Care Homes’ Project was a three year pilot project funded by the Department of Health to evaluate the impact of volunteers on the quality of life of older residents in care homes. The evaluation showed a profound impact on the social and emotional wellbeing aspects of quality of life and quality of care for older residents.
- 96% of staff and volunteers reported a positive impact on the social contact that residents had
- 90% of staff and volunteers recorded that they thought volunteers had a positive impact on residents’ feeling of safety
- for relatives, additional eyes and ears contributed to their peace of mind