Over 280 volunteers were thanked for their valuable contribution at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust today (Tuesday 24 May).
The annual celebration was held at the Bradford Hotel and celebrated the work of volunteers across a range of roles at the Care Trust; from leading weekly walks and group activities to providing support at the Trusts’ Carer’s Hub and helping to gather patient feedback to further improve services.
Amongst those thanked on the day was volunteer Community Health Champion Rehana Kauser. She has been working with the Trust to make a difference to the health and well-being of women in her community, by encouraging them to adopt a more active lifestyle and get involved in a series of health boosting initiatives.
Rehana said: “I support people in my local community by; leading weekly walks, setting up a weight management course to promote healthy eating and I’ve also taken part in relaxation training to support myself and other ladies in my community.”
Women in the community have credited Rehana with making a real difference to their lives, helping them lose weight, adopt a healthier lifestyle and use the knowledge that they have gained, to help their own families.
Her work is part of the Care Trust’s Champions Show the Way programme which provides free or low cost social activities for people aged 18 or over, including those with a long-term health condition or who have recently been discharged from hospital.
Catherine Pitts, Volunteering Lead at the Trust, said: “The NHS would not function without volunteers. We already have some amazing volunteers, making a massive difference to Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven and we would like to build on this.”
Volunteers have been given the opportunity to bring their knowledge, skills and experience to the volunteering role and to enhance Trust services, but not duplicating or replacing the work that staff do.
Michael Smith, Chairman at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our volunteers are valuable in supporting us to provide high quality care to local people. Volunteers make a difference to patients’ lives every day and it’s important that we thank them for everything that they do.”
The Lord Mayor also attended the ceremony and thanked volunteers for their time and dedication to the local community.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Health Champion please contact Champions Show the Way on 01274 321911 or visit www.bdct.nhs.uk