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Big thanks to HPFT volunteers

30 May 18 - 29 May 19

It’s Volunteer Week 1-7 June, an ideal time for HPFT to give thanks for the year round valued support given to staff, carers and service users by our volunteers.

HPFT will be at the Watford Volunteer Fair on Saturday 2 June to promote volunteering at the Parade in Watford from 11am–2pm.

The Trust has around 40 volunteers providing support in a variety of roles including: ward/unit visitors; meet and greeters; activities volunteers such as sports music, arts, pets as therapy etc; comms and marketing; support group and minor clerical support. They can be found at a number of our locations including: The Marlowes Health and Wellbeing Centre; Colne House; Saffron Ground; Rosanne House; Lambourne Grove; Waverley Road and Kingfisher Court.

Our volunteers support service users in their recovery journey and also benefit by:

  • meeting new people and making new friends
  • gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • giving something back to the organisation either directly or indirectly
  • making a difference to the lives of others
  • helping others less fortunate or without a voice
  • feeling valued and part of a team
  • spending quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • gaining confidence and self-esteem

For organisations such as HPFT, the evidence is that volunteers:

  • bring commitment, fresh ideas and skills
  • play an important role in raising mental health & learning disability awareness helping to break down barriers, thus reducing stigma and discrimination
  • complement work of paid staff –an extra resource. They can bring the ‘luxury’ of focus to their work. Paid staff spread their time/efforts equitably, but volunteers can be recruited to concentrate on selected services/service users 
  • make a valuable contribution to the quality of life and wellbeing for service users, adding value by providing support to service users and carers.

HPFT’s chief executive Tom Cahill said: “Talking about being inspired I’ve had the privilege of meeting a number of our volunteers, who in my view are some of the unsung heroes of the Trust.

“They range from people going into our rehabilitation wards as befrienders, to providing a front line service at receptions. They complement and support the care we give and at the same time it provides an opportunity for our volunteers to continue to use their skills.”

Some of the observations from our volunteers are as follows:

  • “Volunteering means helping someone realise their potential, and always being non- judgemental” 
  • “Volunteering to me means a great sense of value and satisfaction in supporting others” Sandra
  • “It is very satisfying when service users suddenly sing along and show that they are engaging with the music” Grethe
  • “Volunteering has given me a sense of satisfaction from doing something worthwhile” Mary

For more information about any of our volunteering roles please contact: hpft.volunteering@nhs.net  or telephone: 01727 804418

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