§ Mr. Hunter
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services what action has been taken by his Department to attract recently retired men and women into involvement with and participation in the administration, remedial and social work of community health care; and if any further action is contemplated.
§ Mr. Newton
Recently retired men and women already play an indispensable role in many forms of voluntary activity. Much of this is assisted under the Department's programmes, including the recently extended opportunities for volunteering scheme whose grants can make it possible for prematurely retired people (among other unemployed people) to take part in local voluntary projects in the health and social services field. So far as community health care in particular is concerned, the encouragement of greater participation in local voluntary work is primarily a matter for district health authorities.