Charity’s volunteering scheme receives Duke of Edinburgh accreditation

17 September 2018

Charity’s volunteering scheme receives Duke of Edinburgh accreditation
Imperial Health Charity’s volunteering programme has been recognised by the Duke of Edinburgh Award as an Approved Activity Provider

The endorsement marks the first time that an NHS trust has been accredited by the DofE, meaning young people taking part can now volunteer with the knowledge that the charity’s programme meets the highest standards set by the award.

Chris Neal, the charity’s Youth Volunteering Manager, said: “Our volunteers make a huge difference to our hospitals and we work hard to make sure their time with us is safe, rewarding and accessible.

“It’s wonderful that the Duke of Edinburgh Award has recognised our volunteering programmes and the incredibly high standards we set ourselves. We look forward to welcoming many more young people to volunteer in our hospitals.”

More than 400,000 people are currently taking part in the country’s leading youth programme, which requires an ongoing commitment to making a difference to people’s lives through volunteering. The accreditation means that the charity’s volunteering programme is listed on the DofE website, allows young people to complete their volunteering section with us, and allows the charity to use its logo as a mark of quality.

It’s the only NHS trust volunteering scheme to receive this endorsement, which is shared by only 33 organisations including the British Red Cross, Oxfam and Raleigh International.

The charity manages a diverse community of over 200 volunteers across the five Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals. This summer saw the launch of its first ever Youth Volunteering Programme, giving 16-25-year olds the chance to give back to their local community, develop new skills and gain valuable experience at Hammersmith Hospital.

 “This summer saw young people give over 960 hours of volunteering at Hammersmith Hospital, said Chris. “Young people are often in a unique position of having both a passion to develop their skills whilst having the time to support their local hospital.

“The 32 volunteers that came through our doors over summer made an incredible difference to the patients and families at Hammersmith hospital. We can’t wait to give the same opportunity to more young people and support them to achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Award”.

To find out more about Imperial Health Charity’s volunteering programme, click here.