Liverpool Women's Hospital kicked off National Volunteers Week with a special Awards Ceremony that celebrated the work of their many volunteers.
The Awards took place on Monday 2nd June and celebrated the countless achievements and fantastic work the volunteers do across the Trust. Over 40 volunteers attended the Awards Ceremony and were recognised for things like 5 & 10 Years Long Service, Volunteer of the Year, Award for Endeavour and the Helping Hands Award.
Many were given recognition for the hours they'd given and Sarah Martin, Housekeeper on Matbase was also recognised as the ‘Volunteer Mentor of the Year’ which was voted for by the Volunteers.
Presented by Michelle Turner, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development and Julie McMorran, Trust Secretary the Volunteers were thrilled to be recognised for their hard work and dedication. Norma Renwick, Volunteer said "it has been a fantastic event and so nice to meet all of the other volunteers".
Gina Barr who Managers the Volunteer Service at Liverpool Women’s said “It still amazes me after 7 years of managing the volunteer service at the Liverpool Women’s just how generous, kind and caring our Volunteers are, they give of their time freely to help support our patients and staff at the hospital, and to also help maintain our beautiful gardens throughout the Trust. They do it without reserve and don’t expect anything in return, so to have the opportunity to celebrate their successes and achievements during volunteer's week was fabulous and is only a very small token of how we as a Trust appreciate and respect their help and dedication. I've met so many wonderful people over the years and have made fantastic, and I hope everlasting friendships. The help and support our volunteers give makes my role so much easier and worthwhile. Nothing is too much trouble for them and they'll endeavour to help me and others throughout the Trust in any way they can. I cherish them all very dearly".
Continuing to demonstrate their dedication to the Volunteering Service, Liverpool Women’s are hoping to expand the service even more by introducing several new roles. Knit and Natter is among those new roles and would look for people who can knit and crochet. The role would see the Volunteers based on the Gynae Ward encouraging patients to knit baby booties for the babies on NICU or crochet squares to make blankets. The aim of the project is to help enhance the patients stay by encouraging them to socialise and make new friends whilst knitting and crocheting for a good cause. In turn this will help to lessen the anguish some patients experience when waiting to have procedures done in Theatre.