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Government must focus on how Brexit affects the voluntary social care sector

Government must focus on how Brexit affects the voluntary social care sector

Brexit will undermine support for disabled people unless the government shores up the voluntary social care sector, according to a new report.   Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), representing leading not-for-profit disability support providers, has issued Risks and rights: how social care can survive Brexit. The report illustrates the negative consequences for social care once […]

5th December 2017 | By | Reply More
Christmas really is the season of goodwill as millions volunteer this festive season

Christmas really is the season of goodwill as millions volunteer this festive season

Christmas really is the season of goodwill, with a new study revealing the extent of the British public’s generosity and volunteering intention.    Research (1) by voluntary service charity, Royal Voluntary Service, finds nine million (one in five) adults in Great Britain intend to volunteer to help others this festive season with 38% of those […]

30th November 2017 | By | Reply More
Government’s failure to fund social care ignores the devastating effects on those who rely on care

Government’s failure to fund social care ignores the devastating effects on those who rely on care

Following today’s Autumn Budget statement Dr Rhidian Hughes, VODG chief executive said:   “Government’s continued failure to fund social care has consequences. It means that’s unmet need is rising with devastating effects on people who rely on care services. It means that local services continue to erode and the workforce will not receive the required […]

22nd November 2017 | By | Reply More
VODG demands disability provision is not sidelined after Government announces consultation on social care

VODG demands disability provision is not sidelined after Government announces consultation on social care

VODG welcomes Government’s step forward in addressing future social care strategy, but demands that disability provision is not sidelined. Government has announced a process for consultation on social care. This is a step forward that VODG welcomes in principle. But with a predominant  focus on addressing older people’s care and support needs VODG demands that […]

22nd November 2017 | By | Reply More
Opportunity to tackle crisis in social care must not be missed

Opportunity to tackle crisis in social care must not be missed

This week’s House of Commons debate on adult social care[1] is a much-needed opportunity to focus on shoring up the nation’s fragile care and support system.   Ahead of the opposition day debate on Wednesday 25th October about social care VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group[2], the national body representing leading not-for-profit disability support providers) warns […]

25th October 2017 | By | Reply More
New resource in the campaign to tackle over-medication

New resource in the campaign to tackle over-medication

Today VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) launches a new resource to improve support to people with a learning disability or autism to participate in medication reviews. The resource, called ‘Preparing to visit a doctor’, aims to equip social care staff to plan with an individual for a review of their psychotropic medication. It includes guidance […]

1st September 2017 | By | Reply More
Most care is good but still too much ‘poor’ care with some providers failing to improve following CQC inspections

Most care is good but still too much ‘poor’ care with some providers failing to improve following CQC inspections

While the majority of services are safe and of a high quality and many are improving, too many people across England are living in care homes and receiving care and support in their own homes that is not good enough. Without a proper recognition of the importance of adult social care and a renewed commitment […]

6th July 2017 | By | Reply More
Norfolk care home welcomes volunteers

Norfolk care home welcomes volunteers

Olive House residential care home in Newton Flotman, near Norwich, is welcoming a new team of volunteers to spend time with residents as part of National Volunteer Week.   The new ‘buddy group’ has been formed, with volunteers giving an hour a week to spend time with residents who have reduced mobility or are unable […]

7th June 2017 | By | Reply More
Failure to invest in social care will leave many without support

Failure to invest in social care will leave many without support

Put social care funding back on track says leading voluntary group   Professor Rhidian Hughes chief executive of VODG (the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) said:   “An estimated 1.9 million people use adult social care services in England alone. We urge the Chancellor to take heed of the report from the Communities and Local Government […]

6th March 2017 | By | Reply More
A quarter of young men has self-harmed as a way of dealing with pressure and stress

A quarter of young men has self-harmed as a way of dealing with pressure and stress

Alarming numbers of 16–24-year-old men in the UK have revealed that they have intentionally hurt themselves (24%) or have considered it (22%), as a way of coping with a difficult situation or emotion, according to a YouGov survey commissioned by three leading youth charities.   Worryingly, the survey also disclosed that young men, when they […]

1st March 2017 | By | Reply More
Newly qualified nurse wants to inspire others to volunteer to support children with disabilities

Newly qualified nurse wants to inspire others to volunteer to support children with disabilities

Jodie Rogers, a newly qualified nurse from Carmarthen, Wales, who has been praised for her work volunteering on holidays for children with complex disabilities, is now calling on others in her position to volunteer on breaks across England and Wales.   For over 40 years, national disability charity, Sense, has provided a range of holidays […]

20th February 2017 | By | Reply More
Ditch the date and support a person with dementia this Valentine’s Day

Ditch the date and support a person with dementia this Valentine’s Day

  Alzheimer’s Society’s new Side by Side service is urging people across the country to reject romance and seek a different kind of connection this Valentine’s Day, using its new matching service to support a person with dementia.   The UK’s leading dementia charity is launching its innovative new Side by Side service in a […]

14th February 2017 | By | Reply More
The Orders of St John Care Trust appoints Head of Volunteering

The Orders of St John Care Trust appoints Head of Volunteering

The Orders of St John Care Trust (OSJCT) has appointed Kit Lendon as its new Head of Volunteering.   Ms Lendon takes on the role following six and a half years at veterinary charity PDSA, where she was Volunteering Development Manager.   In her role at OSJCT, she will lead the volunteering team and provide […]

13th January 2017 | By | Reply More
Social care is facing a critical funding crisis as NLW impacts sector

Social care is facing a critical funding crisis as NLW impacts sector

The Low Pay Commission is consulting on the rate for the National Living Wage (NLW) from April 2017. VODG fully endorses the principle of paying social care staff a living wage. The introduction of the national living wage, if properly funded, should enable organisations to invest in their workforce by building careers in the sector, […]

28th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Government policies on disability care funding put social care in crisis

Government policies on disability care funding put social care in crisis

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) represents leading not for profit disability providers has Responded to the House of Commons Health Committee report on the impact of the spending review on health and social care, VODG chief executive Dr Rhidian Hughes said:   “Demand for provision is rising whilst Government’s policies are leaving fewer disabled […]

19th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Disability Group focuses on the future following Brexit

Disability Group focuses on the future following Brexit

A focus on the future: leading voluntary sector group reports on the impact of Brexit VODG (Voluntary Organisations Disability Group) represents leading not for profit disability organisations who together provide care and support to over one million disabled people. Immediately after the EU referendum result the group has consulted its membership to identify post-Brexit issues […]

18th July 2016 | By | Reply More
Future funding for adult social care is very bleak says VODG

Future funding for adult social care is very bleak says VODG

The Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) represents leading not for profit disability orgaisations who together provide care and support to over one million disabled people.   Head of VODG, Dr Rhidian Hughes, responded to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) 2016 budget survey by saying:   “The survey findings suggest that the […]

13th July 2016 | By | Reply More
VODG welcomes the launch of Learning Disability England

VODG welcomes the launch of Learning Disability England

Speaking about the launch of Learning Disability England (LDE), chief executive of the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) Rhidian Hughes said: “Learning Disability England will play a unique and pivotal role in putting the voices of people with learning disabilities at centre stage. We are delighted the organisation has arrived and look forward to working […]

13th June 2016 | By | Reply More
Disability group strengthens its position

Disability group strengthens its position

Neil Matthewman joins leading disability group to further strengthen its position   Steve Scown the chair of the Voluntary Organisation Disability Group today announced the chief executive of Community Integrated Care, Neil Matthewman, has been co-opted onto the VODG board.   Steve Scown said:   “One of VODG’s unique characteristics is our pan disability membership. […]

10th June 2016 | By | Reply More
Flourishing in Brighton

Flourishing in Brighton

The Flourish Festival took place at the Yellow Wave Café on the sea front in Brighton alongside the Brighton Festival on Friday 20th May, as part of the creative arts projects which are helping residents of the local Jewish Care Hyman Fine House to age positively, living meaningful and creative lives. There was music and […]

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