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NHS Trust Chief Executive and volunteer swap roles


When: Thursday 7 June 2012

Time: 2pm

Where: Glaven Ward, Hellesdon Hospital


NHS Trust Chief Executive and volunteer swap roles

To celebrate National Volunteers Week Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust have found a unique use for their Chief Executive by putting him to work on a ward! Taking time out of his busy schedule Aidan Thomas will be spending time on a low secure inpatient ward joining in a circuit training session whilst Emma Lad, activities volunteer will swap roles and take the reigns as Chief Executive.

Volunteering England has made removing the barriers that limit volunteer engagement an objective for 2012 and the Trust hopes that the time Aidan spends as a volunteer will highlight that anyone with some time to spare and a little enthusiasm can get involved in volunteering.

Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) is an annual event which celebrates the fantastic contribution that thousands of volunteers make across Norfolk and Suffolk. The week plays a huge part in raising the profile of the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, while inspiring others to get involved too.

Every year, over 20 million people across England and the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week. It has been estimated that the economic value of this activity is worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy.

Emma Lad, who volunteers at the Trust and co-ordinates activities for the inpatients at Hellesdon Hospital said “The two hours each week I spend volunteering are the best. I love spending time with those taking part in the activities I organise and seeing how much they enjoy it makes it a real pleasure.”

The mental health Trust relies on the help of volunteers to enhance their services. Volunteers can help with anything from meal times to nail painting. If you are interested in volunteering with the Trust, contact Pene Kenrick-Ward, Voluntary Services Manager on 01603 421580 or email