Salma Abdi, one of our wonderful Youth Volunteers at West Middlesex University Hospital, has been highly commended for Young Volunteer of the Year at the Helpforce Champions Awards 2019, providing national recognition of her fantastic contribution to volunteering in the NHS.

The awards, which took place in central London on Friday 25 October, celebrated the exciting ways in which volunteers across the country are giving their time to benefit patients, staff, and communities.

Salma was highly commended for her outstanding contribution supporting West Middlesex University Hospital. Salma has been an activity volunteer on our care of the elderly wards, has supported patients in clinical imaging and was part of a continued pilot project supporting women attending a gynaecology outpatient clinic.

Katie Thomson, Youth Volunteer Manager, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, nominated Salma for the award:

“I am delighted that Salma has been recognised for this award. She has been unfailingly kind towards all our patients and has shown great commitment to her own development within her volunteer role. As well as patients Salma supports new youth volunteers, mentoring them through their first few shifts.”

Helpforce is a national movement on a mission to improve the lives of NHS staff, patients and communities through the power of volunteering. It is working with hospitals and healthcare workers to help shape the future of volunteering in the NHS. Backed by leaders in the world of healthcare, it aims to make community-integrated healthcare the norm across the UK.

CW+ is proud to support Helpforce and our Youth Volunteer Programme, which has also been generously supported by the Pears #iWill Fund.