Volunteering and Self-management

That the Parliament acknowledges the contribution of volunteers across Scotland to raising awareness of self-management;

believes that volunteering and community involvement play a significant role in supporting people to manage long-term conditions and raise awareness of how self-management can inspire others; understands that third sector organisations, such as New Horizons Borders in the Scottish Borders and Healthy 'n' Happy in South Lanarkshire, are supporting many formal and informal volunteering opportunities for people with long-term conditions that have resulted in social benefits, including social connectedness and improved employment prospects; welcomes the continued investment through the £2 million per year Self Management Impact Fund, which is run by the Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland, and congratulates the alliance on establishing its Self Management Network for Scotland, which aims to help people with long-term conditions or who work in health and social care to share their experiences, learn and hear about best practice and continue to aim to change lives through self-management.

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