Meet our Volunteer Coordinator

03 June 2021

This National Volunteer’s Week, we spoke to Anne Kenealy, our Volunteer Coordinator, about her role and how volunteers help improve our services.

I’m Anne Kenealy, Volunteer Coordinator. I started in my role in April 2021. Before that I was happily retired, following a very successful career spanning 40 years within the Financial services industry. In January 2021, I joined the NHS vaccination programme as a vaccine centre steward. It turned out to be one of the most rewarding life-affirming experiences ever. I was always a great supporter of the NHS but seeing the roll out and the absolute determination to succeed, I realised there was so much more I could do - and that’s why I applied for this role.

I’m here to support the team to enhance and develop the volunteering service at CWP, creating a greater variety and a wider selection of meaningful roles for our volunteers - both existing and new recruits. I am reaching out to third sector organisations within the Trust footprint to establish new ways of working together to harness the volunteer enthusiasm in responding to the recent NHS responder programme. In addition I am keen to encourage teams at CWP and support the Trust managers to think about how volunteers can enhance their services – putting the people who use our services at the very heart of what we do.

"Volunteering is great for boosting confidence"

It’s human nature to feel good after helping someone out. Volunteering can also help people gain valuable new skills and experience, and that’s great for boosting confidence. You can challenge yourself to do something different, as I did:

  • it raises awareness of the issues and challenges other people deal with every day of their lives;
  • it provides an opportunity to give back selflessly.

At CWP we are always looking for new ways to grow the team, helping to support the wide variety of local services we offer. The skills and knowledge our current volunteers have are too numerous to detail, but the thing I have noticed from my many conversations with them is that they understand what we are trying to achieve. They share our goals and vision for the future and in addition to that they bring many lived experience skills to the table, and that’s invaluable.

How to get involved

CWP are currently advertising for volunteers, so please email us on cwp.volunteering@nhs.net to register your interest. You can also call 01244 39797 or visit the CWP website, click on get involved, then volunteering with us.

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