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Volunteers' Week: 'A time to say thanks'

Date: 01 June 2022

Time: 09:00

We are celebrating this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which begins today, Wednesday 1 June, by saying a massive ‘thank you’ to the hundreds of selfless supporters who give up their time to help us. 

We are also marking this 38th annual celebration by appealing to other kind-spirited people to help their local NHS by volunteering with us in one of our many varied, interesting, and rewarding roles. 

‘A time to say thanks’ 

The theme of 2022’s Volunteers’ Week is ‘A time to say thanks’, five words which underpin our determination to recognise and pay tribute to our volunteers’ incredible hard work. 

Among them are the 1,168 volunteers who have supported our key role delivering the COVID-19 vaccination programme across Sussex during the past 18 months. 

They have helped our staff give more than 900,000 jabs at our vaccination centres in Brighton, Crawley, Chichester, and Eastbourne, as well as the centre we set up with GP colleagues in Etchingham. 

We also thank the 180 volunteers who continue to support our teams in other ways, from assisting people in our community hospitals to befriending others in the community who may be vulnerable to loneliness and isolation. 

Our Chief Executive, Siobhan Melia, has thanked our volunteers for their hard work, commitment and loyalty, and the rest of our Executive team will be out and about this week visiting volunteers at their place of work. 

Our Volunteer and Community Development team has organised special ‘thank you’ tea parties in Hove, Chichester, and Eastbourne, which have been made possible by our official charity, Sussex Community NHS Charity. Our charity has also supplied special e-cards, which will be sent to each of our volunteers. 

Support your local NHS by volunteering with us 

Almost 500 volunteers were supporting our work in the months before the outbreak.

But when COVID-19 arrived, many who had been with us for a long time chose to retire. 

Now that the worst of the pandemic is hopefully behind us, with your help we are aiming to restore our volunteer numbers to their previous levels. 

If you can spare an hour or two a week to help your local NHS, we definitely have a role for you. 

There are many positions to choose from, each one vital to our mission to deliver excellent healthcare at the heart of the community. 

These include telephone befriending in the Midhurst area, working as a ward helper or providing discharge or mealtime support at Arundel and District Community Hospital. 

These are just three of the many roles we have available, and we are continually creating new opportunities and making improvements to ensure our volunteers have a positive and rewarding experience. 

Our Investing in Volunteering accreditation is a testament to this enduring commitment. 

Volunteering to support your NHS will help you find new friends, learn new skills, and improve your confidence while giving back to your community. 

Full details of our roles and how to get involved are on our website

Alternatively, please call us on 01273 696011, extension 8388, or email SC-TR.Voluntary-Services@nhs.net

Follow our Volunteers’ Week celebrations on social media 

You can also follow our Volunteers’ Week celebrations via our social media channels - @nhs-scft and @scft_volunteers on Twitter, and @sussexcommunitynhs on Facebook. 

Further information is available on the Volunteers’ Week website and from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations’ Twitter account, @NCVOvolunteers 

Full details of how you can volunteer with us are available on our website.