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Volunteers’ Week: Celebrating our incredible volunteers

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It's Volunteers’ Week, 1-7 June, and we’re celebrating and recognising the amazing work of our volunteers.

The Trust has over 150 registered volunteers who bring skills, knowledge and a desire to make a difference to our services and the lives of the people we care for.

Every year we celebrate our wonderful volunteers and involvement partners at the Trust. We will be holding a volunteers thank you event at our Involvement, Engagement and Volunteering Hub at Duncan Macmillan House in Nottingham on Wednesday 7 June to say thank you and acknowledge our volunteers and hear some remarkable stories of their work.

We’d like to encourage you to take the time to recognise and celebrate volunteers for the support and contribution they make to our services, patients and their families, our colleagues and communities.

Joanna Rapson, Volunteering and Befriending Lead said “As part of Volunteers' Week we want to extend a huge thank you to all the Trust’s volunteers who have provided support throughout the past 12 months.

Within the Trust, we have volunteers who help us in a number of areas.  We have volunteers in chaplaincy and spiritual care, providing comfort, reflection and prayer to patients during difficult times.  We have Volunteer Visitors within our Forensic Hospitals, meeting, chatting and supporting our patients, helping them gain confidence in themselves and others.  Others offer their support on wards, spending time with patients, making friends and helping to reduce loneliness and isolation.  Volunteering is not just an individual experience either as we also have a team of Patient & Carer Experience volunteers who visit hospitals to gain feedback from our patients and carers, which in turn helps improve the experiences they have.

To all of our volunteers, and to those who we hope to place in 2023, a huge thank you from #TeamNottsHC.

During Volunteers’ Week we will be sharing lots of stories about the work of volunteers so make sure you follow us on Twitter @InvolveNottsHC and @Nottshealthcare to hear about the great work of our volunteers.

One of our volunteers, Lucy Paine, shares her experience of being a volunteer:

“Being a volunteer allows you to form strong connections with service users, and you can empathise with them on a level that not many others will understand, because you have a personal experience to them, you get what they are going through. Our Trust has some incredible volunteers who add great value to a patient’s journey. Whether it’s having a chat, playing a game or listening to them if they need to have a little cry, they appreciate the time and effort you give to them!

Read Lucy’s full volunteering story here.

Happy Volunteers’ Week to all of our volunteers and involvement partners in Nottinghamshire Healthcare; never forget the power and strength you hold, just by being kind to someone!"

Interested in volunteering with us?

If Lucy's story has inspired you to come and volunteer or become an Involvement Partner with Nottinghamshire Healthcare, you can find out more about these roles here:



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