Celebrating a decade of volunteering

Employees celebrating 10 years of volunteering for health

NHS volunteers, past and present, have reunited to celebrate Volunteering for Health’s 10th anniversary.

Over the past decade Hywel Dda University Health Board’s volunteering service has gone from strength to strength and now has volunteers supporting patients in a wide variety of services across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

The majority of volunteers act as Volunteer Patient Befrienders on wards, helping to bring a social aspect to a patient during their stay. Other roles include meet and greet at hospital receptions, running a shop and library trolley or supporting services such as pharmacy or A&E.

Maria Battle, Chair of Hywel Dda UHB, thanked every volunteer for their dedication and commitment: “Volunteers bring so much to our NHS and make a real difference to the experience of our patients and visitors.

“It has been truly wonderful to celebrate those who have given their time freely to Volunteering for Health over the last decade and hope our volunteers continue to receive an enriching, rewarding and inspiring experience at Hywel Dda.

David Fretwell, Volunteer Manager at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “I’d like to personally thank each and every volunteer who has selflessly given their time to support their NHS over the past 10 years. We are incredibly grateful to all our volunteers here in Hywel Dda – thank you!”

All photos from the party can be viewed here - https://www.facebook.com/pg/HywelDdaHealthBoard/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2775358489162219