This year marks the 39th year of Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June), when Lancashire Teaching Hospitals will join thousands of charities and voluntary organisations recognising the contribution volunteers make across the UK.
With this year’s theme of ‘Celebrate and Inspire’, we hope to encourage people to be the change that we want to see and get involved in volunteering in whatever way works for them.
The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering, so taking the time during Volunteers’ Week to celebrate their efforts and all they contribute to our local communities, the voluntary sector and society as a whole has never been more important.
We would like to thank all our wonderful volunteers who contribute so many hours, going above and beyond to support our Trust. Volunteers make a massive difference to our organisation and their dedication is second to none.
We currently have nearly 400 volunteers plus two wonderful therapy dogs. They carry out a diverse range of activities and work across most areas, helping on the wards, in the outpatient departments, reception and help desks, hospital radio and generally engaging with and supporting patients and visitors to the hospital.
We also have 3 Charities supported by volunteers - Rosemere Cancer Foundation, including the Coffee Shop, Babybeat, including the shop, and the Trust Charity. All the volunteers’ contributions cannot be lightly underestimated, giving their time so generously, and this week we will be celebrating their remarkable efforts by hosting a Thank You Afternoon Tea in Charters on Tuesday 6 June with a band, and Education 3 at Chorley on Thursday 8 June.
We will also mark the week on our communications channels.
Sylvia Turner, Volunteer Services Manager, said: “Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and recognise the fantastic contribution our volunteers make.”