We’re all really proud, it’s been fantastic to give something back. It’s been an unknown adventure and there is an exciting chapter to follow.
Staff Recognition Awards 2018
Volunteer of the Year Award
Presented by Kerry Rogers, Corporate Affairs and Company Secretary
This award is to recognise the contribution of any person or team of people who give their time to contribute as an Oxford Health Volunteer or Trust Governor.
- This person or team has shown commitment to supporting the trust’s work through their volunteering and should represent the values of the trust through their actions
- The support they have given is consistent and makes a difference to the team and/or patients they support
Peer Support Trainees
AMHT Wards Oxfordshire
Voluntary Therapy Dog Handler
Littlemore Mental Health Centre, Oxford
In April this year the first Peer Support Worker training programme was launched. The training programme is specifically for people with lived (first-hand) experience of poor mental health who use their experience to help others on their recovery journey. By volunteering in our frontline teams they have enhanced the service provision, benefitting patients, their friends and family and existing staff.
Their nomination said:
“The Peer Support trainees have embodied the trust’s values; caring, safe and excellent. By volunteering in our frontline teams, the Peer Support Trainees have enhanced the service provision, benefitting patients, their friends and family, and the existing staff.
“The Peers are a really inspiring and inspirational group of individuals to be working with and I really value being able to be part of something so exciting.”
The team said:
“We’re all really proud, it’s been fantastic to give something back. It’s been an unknown adventure and there is an exciting chapter to follow.”
Mary is a representative of Therapy Dogs Nationwide and brings two of her Weimeraner dogs — Oriel and Tamar— on visits to some of the trust’s forensic and acute mental health wards.
She holds half hour sessions with patients, many of whom have been pet owners themselves and she says interactions with her dogs bring joy, calm and happiness to many — especially when there’s a chance to play and throw a ball.
Her nomination said:
“Mary’s sessions are consistently very well attended and give many people something to look forward to in the week, we also feel a sense of pride in the accomplishments of the dogs, which Mary keeps us closely informed of! We value her contribution (and that of Roxy, Oriel, Tamar and Striker!) enormously, and it is a highlight of the week for both staff and patients.”
I am over the moon with the award. I really didn’t know such things existed and to be nominated and to win makes me so very happy. The dogs give out so much love. So it’s wonderful. They’re delighted too with their biscuits!
Bicester Community Hospital Volunteer
“Diane is a long standing volunteer and an advocate for volunteers and the support they bring. Diane makes all the new volunteers feel welcome, supported and engaged and continues to be a link between the hospital and the League of Friends. She is a real star.”