A volunteer at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation (C&I) has been ‘highly commended’ at the Helpforce Champions Awards 2019 for their fantastic contribution to volunteering in the NHS.
Dean Moriarty, who has been volunteering at C&I for the past four years, was shortlisted in the ‘Volunteer of the Year’ category and recognised at a prestigious award ceremony which took place on Friday 25 October in central London.
Dean has been instrumental in helping the Trust to set up a volunteer role to give patients a voice at what is often an extremely difficult time for them during a hospital stay and has undertaken a number of other roles to support mental health service users in Camden and Islington boroughs.
Dean said: “Volunteering has really helped my recovery and allowed me to meet some really amazing people. I feel I have found a place in life where I fit in and am accepted as me.”
Joanne Scott, Voluntary Services Manager at C&I, said: “Dean is an outstanding member of our volunteer team who deserves to be recognised for the fantastic contribution he makes to our services and patients. He demonstrates openness, honesty, empathy and compassion, which coupled with his friendly, positive and caring disposition makes him well-respected and liked by both patients and colleagues. He is a fantastic role model and we’re really proud that he’s been recognised for this valuable contribution to society through his volunteering.”
Helpforce is a national movement on a mission to improve the lives of NHS staff, patients and communities through the power of volunteering. It is working with hospitals and healthcare workers to help shape the future of volunteering in the NHS.
If Dean’s story has inspired you to get volunteering, you can take a look at some of the opportunities we have at C&I here.