NHS in Sussex celebrates Volunteers' Week 2018
04 June 2018

NHS in Sussex celebrates Volunteers' Week 2018

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is celebrating the contribution of hundreds of volunteers that support its patients, teams services.

SCFT, the main provider of NHS community services across Sussex, is made up of 5,000 staff and hundreds of volunteers.

During Volunteers' Week the Trust will launch three new initiatives aimed at supporting volunteering at SCFT and in the wider community, as well as helping people deal with loneliness.

Key facts

  • In 2017/18 volunteers donated over 43,000 hours to support SCFT patients, teams and services
  • In 2017/18 there were 84 volunteers under the age of 20
  • In the same period, 88 clinical services were supported by volunteers
  • There was a 15% growth in the number of volunteers
  • 28% of all SCFT volunteers are from a BAME background

Volunteers' Week 2018 - 1 June to 7 June

This week SCFT is unveiling three exciting new initiatives to support volunteering and our local communities.

On Monday (4 July) the Trust unveiled its new Volunteers Strategy, to help increase awareness of and recognition for the contribution of volunteers across SCFT.

On Tuesday (5 July) the Trust announced a brand new programme of support for staff to get volunteering by claiming additional annual leave (up to 3 days) .

On Wednesday (6 July) the SCFT Voluntary and Community Development service announced it has signed up to the Disability Action Alliance Volunteer Charter.

The idea is that SCFT will provide opportunities for disabled people to volunteer and promote the value of volunteering to disabled people as a positive experience.

On Thursday (7 July) the Trust announced an exciting new pilot project to tackle loneliness in our local communities, called Community Chat.

More information about our volunteers, including some inspirational personal stories, is available on the volunteer pages.

If you have any questions about Strategy, employee support, disability charter or Community Chat - get in touch with the Communications and Engagement Team.