Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2016

by CWP News - 03 June 2016

Healthcare staff at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating Volunteers’ Week after a number of volunteers completed the Trust’s new, in-house Peer Support Training programme.

This week the Trust’s first cohort of trainee volunteers completed the new programme, which teaches volunteers about communication, coaching and goal-setting skills, as well as how to share their lived experiences.

The programme was brought in-house earlier this year following the valuable contribution of Peer Support Volunteers across the Trust who completed training delivered by an external organisation in 2014.

Tina Hawthorne, from Birkenhead, used Cheshire and Wirral Partnership’s (CWP) services for more than 20 years before signing up to become a Peer Support Volunteer. She now uses her personal experiences to help patients at Springview Hospital in Clatterbridge to overcome their own difficulties.

Tina said: “Volunteering at CWP is so rewarding because it helps you learn new skills and develop as a person, whilst helping others.

“There are so many different positions within the Trust for anyone who wants to help. CWP staff and patients are so friendly and there’s something for everyone with the desire to make a change.”

Clare Grimshaw, from Bidston, also used services at Springview Hospital before becoming a Trust volunteer in 2014. She now helps patients by providing pet therapy along with her dog, Syd.

Therapy Dogs Volunteer Clare said: “In my time here as a service user I saw the quality of care transform and now it is great to see staff and volunteers working together to meet the needs of each individual patient.

“I was so impressed with CWP’s services that I wanted to give something back. Volunteering with Syd has been great because you can see the difference he makes to a variety of people.

“From the moment I started volunteering I felt part of the team. Volunteering with CWP changes your life for the better and teaches you to do things that you never thought were possible.”

CWP Volunteer John Dix volunteers at Bowmere Hospital in Chester. He said: “I first became a CWP Volunteer in 2011 and have enjoyed the last five years working alongside the Trust’s friendly and supportive staff.

“I take pride in working with the Estates department to look after the hospital grounds. My favourite thing about being a volunteer at CWP is how the Trust involves you in recruiting other volunteers and developing the volunteer system.”

Glennis Wilkes, from Sandbach, has been volunteering at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP) for five years.

Glennis helps to develop courses and training for service users and carers at Crewe Recovery College. She said: “Volunteering is great because it gives you as sense of purpose.

“Volunteering at CWP has been particularly rewarding because it’s so different to anything else I’ve ever done before.

“I’ve learnt new skills and have used my experiences to help others in a positive way. It’s very humbling to receive thanks from carers and staff and I’m so pleased that I’ve been made to feel like a valued member of the team.”

CWP used Volunteers’ Week to recognise the fantastic contributions of volunteers throughout the Trust over the past 12 months.

Sheena Cumiskey, Chief Executive at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership, said: “On behalf of the Trust I would like thank all of our volunteers who support us in a variety of roles.

“We’re fortunate to have more than 150 volunteers working in our wards and departments across Cheshire and Wirral.

“My thanks go out to each and every one of them for their valuable support over the last 12 months.

“Volunteers’ Week provides a fantastic opportunity to say just how grateful this Trust is for the time and commitment our volunteers provide throughout the year.”

To register as a volunteer at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust please email your CV to volunteering@cwp.nhs.uk

Photos: Clare Grimshaw and Syd volunteering at Springview Hospital (top). Glennis Wilkes at Delamere Resource Centre in Crewe (left).

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