National Volunteers Week: thank you to all of the Trust’s volunteers!

Posted: 01/06/23

This Volunteers’ Week (1 – 7 June), we want to thank all of the volunteers who give their time to Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust (CNTW) services.

Volunteers are a great asset to CNTW. They bring a range of skills and experiences which enhance our services for patients and carers.

CNTW has over 100 volunteers across its sites. The Trust’s volunteers offer social and therapeutic support to service users, as well as supporting staff in services such as the chaplaincy, corporate teams and arts services. They also provide practical assistance at the hospital shop or as part of gardening and woodwork projects.

Wendy M Spratt, Head of Volunteer Involvement at CNTW, says: “Volunteers’ Week serves as a time for reflection and a time to give huge thanks to all our amazing volunteers within our Trust.

“We very much appreciate the commitment and enthusiasm they demonstrate to enhancing the experience of our patients and their carers, offering hope them in their recovery journey and beyond.

“Thanks also to the wonderful staff across our localities for the time and support they give to volunteers and the opportunities they offer for volunteers, allowing them to contribute and compliment the outstanding work delivered by staff.”

The launch of the Trust’s ‘Volunteer Involvement Strategy’ will take place this month. This strategy sets out CNTW’s aspirations, how the Trust will value its volunteers and ensure they are welcomed and appreciated within the CNTW family and how the organisation will set out to achieve this. The Trust would like to thank everyone who contributed to this important piece of work.

Find out more about volunteering at CNTW on the Voluntary Services FAQs page.