What is your name?
What is your volunteer role?
I do various roles across the Trust.
Where do you volunteer?
At Duncan Macmillan House, through Involvement.
When did you start volunteering?
I started volunteering professionally, personally and as a carer.
Why did you choose to volunteer?
To make a difference in the lives of others both practically and personally.
Describe what you do in 100 words or less.
I engage in a variety of projects raising awareness and the profile of the Trust. I engage with services, working with teams, clinical leads, other volunteers, medics, professionals in the NHS and community, Story Shop at the QMC and interview panels. I also engage in specific pieces of work to help change and shape services, working broadly and interactively sharing experience and expertise, challenging stigma, working with different organisations and community groups to raise the profile and let people know what is available to them..
What do you enjoy most about your role?
All of it is a privilege to do and as a survivor of mental health issues and a carer I feel I have much to contribute in the Trust and beyond.
What three words would you use to describe the NHS?
Changing, Focused, Positive.
If you could give the NHS any 70th birthday present what would it be?
Myself as a volunteer and a contributor who hopefully makes a small difference in the way it responds to people.
What advice would you give to someone who was thinking about volunteering at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust?
I would recommend volunteering with the Trust as it is satisfying knowing you can make a difference and often do make a difference in changing services and attitudes both internally and externally.
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