The volunteers who give up their own free time to help the service users and carers of ²gether NHS Foundation Trust have been recognised and thanked for everything that they do.
A third annual tea party was held in their honour at Kingsholm Stadium, in Gloucester.
The event included the presentation of certificates to many volunteers, as well as the Trust’s experts by experience – people who use their own personal experience of mental illness or learning disability to act as advisors.
Trust Chair Ruth FitzJohn, speaking at the event, said: "This is without doubt my favourite event of the year.
"You are making an enormous contribution not only to our Trust and our service users and carers, but also the entire communities of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
"You give your time, your care and your energy to help us make life better, and we are forever grateful for everything that you do."
More than 50 volunteers are registered with ²gether, and they work to enhance and improve the services the Trust provides.
Their work includes:
Helping to tend the gardens at our inpatient units
Visiting inpatient units with Pat (Pets as Therapy) dogs
Driving service users to and from appointments
Meeting and greeting people who attend courses provided by Let’s Talk
Helping at meal times
There are more than 150 experts by experience registered with the Trust. They also help in a variety of ways, including sitting on interview panels when staff are being recruited, advising on trust policies, helping to provide staff training, and participating in focus groups to provide feedback on important issues the Trust is working on, including its long term strategies.
To express an interest in volunteering with the Trust, please contact the Social Inclusion Team on 01452 894200.