Volunteering Fund - Health & Social Care - Leeds Beckett University


Elderly people

Welcome to the website designed to inform you about the evaluation of the Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF). The evaluation was completed in August 2013 and the final reports are now available in the Outputs section.

About the study

The overarching aim of the evaluation was to ascertain the extent to which the HSCVF programme’s aims and objectives have been met and how the HSCVF has contributed to the wider strategic objectives of the Department of Health around commissioning, volunteer support, community capacity and partnerships. The Centre for Health Promotion at Leeds Beckett University was commissioned to conduct the evaluation.

The evaluation objectives were to:

  • Investigate how and in what ways organisational and community capacity has been built in the national and local HSCVF projects and to identify effective capacity building approaches.
  • Identify the ways in which HSCVF local and national projects have contributed to the wider programme and DH strategic objectives, including delivering against the four funding themes. 
  • Assess the extent to which the HSCVF programme has enhanced the capability of organisations to recruit, support and retain volunteers, including those from less advantaged or marginalised groups and whether this had led to an improved volunteer experience.
  • Examine whether receiving HSCVF support has enabled voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations to develop new connections and/or strengthened partnerships within local health and social care systems, including as part of commissioning arrangements. 
  • Map the health and social impacts of the HSCVF capacity building programme in communities and neighbourhoods where HSCVF projects are being delivered.
  • To explore whether and how successfully the HSCVF has added value to mainstream provision.

We sought to gather a wide range of stakeholder perspectives and prioritised listening to those with direct experience of how it is working, whether they be managers, staff, volunteers or service users.


The Study was funded by Ecorys (a consultancy  who are the Managing body for the Department of Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) in partnership with 3 leading national third sector organisations: Attend, Community Service Volunteers and PrimeTimers. The views and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the HSCVF.

The website for the Volunteering Fund can be found here.


A robust dissemination strategy for the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) evaluation, in collaboration with the Ecorys evaluation lead and HSCVF team was developed.
Products available now are:

The HSCVF evaluation

The Volunteers’ Views Survey (part of the overall HSCVF evaluation):

Key findings

The survey - available for other researchers or organisations to use.

The Volunteers' Views Survey was developed by our university in 2012 for the HSCVF evaluation. The evaluation was funded by Ecorys. Organisations are welcome to use this questionnaire for non-commercial, educational purposes provided our university is acknowledged.

Powerpoint presentations on various aspects of the evaluation:

Products that will be available soon include:

  • An evaluation of the HSCVF Bursary Scheme.
  • Academic papers for publication and presentation at conferences are currently being written. We will keep the website updated with news on these.

Evaluation Team

  • Jane South – Principal Investigator
  • Dr Gianfranco Giuntoli – Project Manager
  • Dr Louise Warwick-Booth 
  • Ruth Cross
  • Dr James Woodall
  • Judy White
  • Karina Kinsella



To contact the research team, please refer your query as follows:

Shona McCulloch
Project Administrator,
Faculty of Health & Social Sciences,
Leeds Beckett University,

Freephone: 0800 7311 170
Direct dial: 0113 812 4334
Email: s.l.mcculloch@leedsbeckett.ac.uk