This week (1-7 June) is National Volunteers’ Week. We have never been more proud to celebrate the contribution our volunteers have made to our services.
To all our volunteers – thank you.
Find out more about volunteering with us at www.ndhtjobs.com/volunteering/current-opportunities
Hear from some of our volunteers
Volunteering at NDHT during the pandemic
This past year has seen an outpouring of support from the general public for our NHS. Some amazing people have come forward during the COVID-19 pandemic to help protect our services and our patients.
There has been a natural ebb and flow of volunteers throughout the pandemic, depending on the level of restrictions. Some were with us for a very short period of time before ‘normal life’ beckoned again, some remain with us, and others continue to join our volunteer team.
Many of our valued volunteers had no option but to step down once the pandemic began, to protect themselves and their loved ones. We have missed their input hugely, but we are delighted to now see a gradual and safe return of familiar faces.
Celebrating with our volunteers
On Tuesday 1 June, the first day of National Volunteers’ Week, we had a somewhat different celebration than usual. We invited our volunteers to join us for an informal online get together on Zoom – an opportunity to reconnect, to share stories and to look forward.
One of our senior nurses, Lucy Bates, joined us to offer an enormous, heartfelt thanks to them all. Each and every volunteer has made a difference and supported our efforts to respond to the pandemic. Volunteers have helped us with new and innovative ways of working, such as the outpatient drive-through facility, video appointments and the vaccination clinic.