Alison Thorp, Volunteering Network and Development Officer from Voluntary Action Rotherham (VAR) was the winner of our ‘Partnership Working Award’ at the Trust’s 2015 PROUD Awards.
For the first time last year, in order to properly recognise the support of our partner organisations, we introduced the Partnership Working Award. This award reflects the importance of recognising those who work alongside the Trust, supporting the hospital and/or community services every day, making them very much a part of the Trust and the overall experience of care for our patients.
Joanne Farey, Volunteer Coordinator at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, nominated Alison for the Partnership Working Award. Within her nomination, Jo said: “Alison leads the Rotherham Volunteer Coordinator Network meetings and I am a regular participant of this group. This provides a valuable opportunity to share good practice, ideas and challenges with other volunteer coordinators in Rotherham.
“I have developed I good working relationship with Alison which has also enabled us to host joint events with other voluntary organisations to actively promote volunteering. I consider Alison to be a colleague and we support each other.
“Voluntary Action Rotherham also support the promotion of the ‘Right Care, First Time’ campaign and we worked together to identify areas which are suitable for reaching members of the local community”.
Watch Jo’s nomination video here: https://youtu.be/b-Uo_9Qkta4
Alison attended the Awards Ceremony with the Chief Executive of Voluntary Action Rotherham, Janet Wheatley and was delighted to win the Trust’s Partnership Working Award. She said: “I was both surprised and delighted to be nominated for a Proud Award and then to win in my category was a huge thrill.
“Jo and I have forged a strong relationship between the Trust and VAR over the last few years, linking up where we can to mutually support both patients and members of the voluntary and community sector.”
For further information on the work of Voluntary Action Rotherham and volunteering, visit their website: http://www.varotherham.org.uk/
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