03 June 2010

AWP celebrates volunteers

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) said a big "thank you" to volunteers at a special event to mark national Volunteers' Week. 

Volunteers and staff gathered for a special reception at AWP's headquarters in Chippenham to celebrate the contribution made by volunteers across the Trust.  

Trust Chair Felicity Longshaw paid tribute to the work of volunteers, who carry out roles ranging from art therapy and activities on wards to gardening or helping out in a hospital shop or café.  

She said: "We are delighted that so many people choose to give their time through volunteering with AWP. The work they do makes a real difference to our service users and to the life of AWP as a whole. These are people from all walks of life who have the desire to give back to the community and make a difference to the lives of others."  

The day included the launch of AWP's new Volunteer Handbook with helpful information for volunteers about the Trust.

A recent survey found 92% per cent of AWP volunteers would recommend volunteering with AWP to other people. Most people who volunteer for the Trust enjoy giving something back to the community, feel well supported and many enjoy the social side of volunteering.

We have a range of opportunities available at the moment in Bristol, Swindon, Wiltshire and at other sites across the Trust. If you are interested in volunteering with AWP, please ring 01249 468219 for a chat. Volunteers' Week this year takes place from 1 - 7 June.

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