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Volunteering leader wins award at national ceremony
16 November 2018

Volunteering leader recognised at national ceremony

Sussex Community Volunteers Development Lead has been awarded Volunteer Leader of the Year at the first ever Helpforce Championship Awards in recognition of her decade of dedication to the service.

Our Voluntary Services and Community Development Lead, Mandy Cleaver, has been awarded the prestigious award for Volunteer Leader of the Year at the first ever Helpforce Championship Awards.

Mandy and Jane Corser, Deputy Chief Nurse, attended the ceremony on 8 November which provides national recognition of the fantastic contribution of volunteers to the NHS.

The volunteer leader of the year category recognises the commitment and dedication of an outstanding NHS staff member who leads volunteers or has a core responsibility for managing or coordinating volunteering at an NHS Trust.

Mandy was recognised for her work on transforming and expanding the voluntary service over the 10 years that she has been in post.

Mandy said: "I was thrilled to receive the Volunteer Leader Award 2018 from Helpforce for myself and the team. It has been such an exciting journey and it's amazing now that we are supporting over 105 services with 52 different types of volunteer roles.

"Helpforce have been inspirational by being at the forefront of a national movement to improve the lives of NHS staff, patients and communities through the power of volunteering. I am very grateful to them for the recognition and look forward to leading the team in our journey ahead."

The value of volunteering

Within the Trust, 98 new volunteers have joined since April and overall, our volunteers have contributed a total of over 23,000 hours in 2018. Voluntary roles range from befrienders for those with long-term conditions to ward helpers and many more unique roles.

According to the King’s Fund, an estimated 1.7 million people volunteer for health or care services across Britain.

Volunteering has many benefits for organisations such as the NHS but also for the health and wellbeing of individuals who donate their time. Volunteering also benefits young people with valuable experience in their fields of interest.

The recognition comes at a busy time for our Volunteers Team who have been working hard across the trust to help improve services and deliver outstanding patient care.

The team at Sussex Community have recently taken part in #IWill campaign, Step up to Serve, which is represented by 200 young ambassadors aged 10-20 who are leading social action in their communities. An #IWill ambassador visited Sussex Community from 12-16 November and carried out a ‘Twitter takeover’ to help promote and publicise the Volunteers Team.

See more information about volunteering at Sussex Community.