Volunteers at Copeland’s coronavirus vaccination centre have been shortlisted for an award.
The volunteers have been shortlisted for Partnership Working in Volunteering, a Helpforce Champions Award 2021. The award provides national recognition for their fantastic contribution to volunteering in the health and care sector.
The awards are the perfect opportunity to celebrate the invaluable contributions made by volunteers across the UK during the past turbulent year, fundamentally defined by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The nomination has come following the volunteers’ dedication and support to Copeland’s COVID-19 vaccination programme at Flatt Walks Centre in Whitehaven.
Ed Tallis, director of primary care at NHS North Cumbria CCG, said: “It’s fantastic to see our volunteers being recognised with this nomination – the rollout of the COVID vaccine across north Cumbria has been an unprecedented achievement and it couldn’t have been done without the kindness, hard work and dedication of the volunteers from our communities.”
Mark Lever, chief executive of Helpforce, said: “2020 and 2021 have seen the NHS and all our healthcare services face one of the biggest challenges in their history, and we have seen volunteers step up in their thousands to help.
“This year, we have received a record number of entries for the Helpforce Champions Awards with so many brilliant examples of innovation, great practice, commitment, and real passion for patient care and support for staff across the health and care sector in the UK.
“We want to thank everyone for taking the time to recognise the volunteers and send our congratulations to those who have been shortlisted and we’d like to wish them the best of luck.”
Winners will be announced on Helpforce’s website and social media channels on October 30.
The categories being celebrated at the awards are:
- Outstanding Volunteering Team of the Year
- Young Volunteer of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Outstanding Staff Champion for Volunteers
- Volunteer Leader of the Year
- Partnership Working in Volunteering
- Innovation in Volunteering Award
- Celebrating Inclusion and Diversity in Volunteering
- People’s choice
Helpforce partners with health and care organisations across the UK to accelerate the growth and impact of volunteering. They are an independent not-for-profit innovator, focused on co-creation of volunteering projects with NHS Trusts and systems, and rapidly sharing insights and best practice.
To learn more about the charity, please visit www.helpforce.community