This week (1-7 June) we are celebrating Volunteers' Week. Volunteers are a crucial part of the NHS, and at C&I there are over 50 volunteers that work across the Trust in a variety of different roles from trolley shop volunteers to response volunteers. We would like to say a huge thank you for everything you do to support our patients, services and staff!
This year the Volunteers' Week theme is ‘Celebrate and Inspire’ and it’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the amazing impact of our volunteers and inspire not only new people to take up volunteering but also inspire our own staff of how much value and joy our volunteers bring – and how much more is possible.
On Friday, volunteers held a meet-up at St Pancras Hospital to celebrate and share achievements and highlights from their volunteering experience. Below, two of our volunteers share their stories: I have been a volunteer since 2021, and I joined C&I in 2022. My decision to start volunteering was driven by my life-long dedication to working with people and my calling to help them in various ways.
"I volunteer at St Pancras Hospital, where I assist individuals who were involuntarily admitted for treatment to psychiatric units with their shopping, or simply engaged in conversations with them. I also visit six different wards, providing help and support when needed.
I encourage others to volunteer in the NHS, I would highlight that it is a wonderful opportunity to make a positive impact to people’s lives. By offering your time and support, you contribute to the well-being and recovery of individuals in need. It is also a chance to bring comfort, companionship, and assistance to those who may be facing challenging circumstances. Engaging in volunteering offers you more than just the chance to help others, as it is also an opportunity for personal and professional development."
"I joined as a volunteer just before the pandemic. I am very passionate about helping people who need help.
I have been volunteering even during the pandemic. Back then I used to come around and helped carried out admin work and various other tasks.
By working with healthcare professionals and being exposed to different situations, you can increase your skills, gain valuable experience, and broaden your understanding of healthcare and patient care."
If you are interested in volunteering with us, visit this page to find out more.