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Mental health volunteers given a big thank you

Volunteers thank you event
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) has held a celebration event to thank all its volunteers for their hard work and significant commitment of free time to support its services and service users. 
 
The event, held at the Trust’s Highgate Mental Health Centre on Friday, was a chance for C&I to acknowledge the huge contribution of its volunteers and mark the start of the annual national Volunteers’ Week.  
 
The volunteers were thanked in a speech by Chief Executive, Angela McNab and were able to enjoy cake, socialise and listen to music by Key Changes who provide music to patients in hospitals and to those in recovery services. 
 
Nezhut Bano, a trolley volunteer at the Trust, explained why she started volunteering: “I have been volunteering at the Trust since November and help out once a week running the trolley shop service. 
 
“The most enjoyable thing about my role is being able to chat to patients on the wards. It’s really important that they have access to the trolley service and are able to socialise, as some are not able to leave the wards. 
 
Nezhut Bano, Trolley Services Volunteer
“I started volunteering as I had a lot of spare time and have since made friends with other volunteers and would highly recommend it to anyone thinking of doing it.”
 
The event, which was organised by C&I’s Voluntary Service Manager, Joanne Scott, also gave those thinking about volunteering a chance to see what opportunities are available. 
 
Anyone interested in volunteering can find out more about the Trust’s volunteering opportunities by visiting the volunteering page here or by emailing volunteer@candi.nhs.uk
 
Notes to Editors
 
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust – Strategic Priorities *
 
Our three strategic priorities are:
  • Early and effective intervention 
  • Helping people to live well 
  • Research and innovation 
About Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust 
 
We provide mental health and substance misuse services to people living in Camden and Islington, and a substance misuse and psychological therapies service to residents in Kingston. 
 
We have two inpatient facilities, at Highgate Mental Health Centre and St Pancras Hospital, as well as community based services throughout the London boroughs of Camden and Islington. Our Trust is also a member of University College London Partners (UCLP), one of the world’s leading academic health science partnerships.
 
We provide services for adults of working age, adults with learning difficulties, and older people in the London area either in a community or inpatient setting.
 
Our income for 2016/17 was £139million and we have approximately 2,000 staff. Our staff  work in multi-disciplinary teams providing a holistic approach to recovery. This means that we often work with partner agencies and the voluntary sector. Camden and Islington Mental Health and Social Care Trust was established in 2002. In March 2008 we became the first Care Trust to achieve Foundation Trust status and are licensed by NHS Improvement.

 

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