Volunteers have been praised as ‘amazing and dedicated’ after new figures showed they are donating an estimated 1,200 hours of their time to an NHS trust every month.
Samantha Grey, who manages 102 volunteers at Humber NHS Foundation Trust, revealed their contribution to mark the United Nations’ International Volunteer Day, which celebrates the work of volunteers throughout the world.
The Trust’s volunteers work throughout the organisation in areas including inpatient units, gardening groups and administration. Approximately one third give their time to outreach groups.
Most are students or people planning a career change while others, such as those who have retired, volunteer as a hobby.
A smaller group of service users give their time to the Trust as part of their recovery. They work in areas including Humber Recovery College and the Positive Assets employment service.
Ms Grey said the majority want to gain work experience to help them find jobs in the NHS or for the Trust.