Twenty years ago, the United Nations started celebrating International Volunteers Day on 5 December. This year we are recognising their efforts and celebrating the 2022 theme of solidarity through volunteering.
Whether it is helping move patients, restocking drinks, or simply talking to patients, volunteers across Capital, Coast and Hutt Valley provide an invaluable service with their dedication, time and energy.
There are also the knitters, guides, supporters, fundraisers and tea brewers who give up their valuable time each week to support staff, patients and their families.
“The contributions made by volunteers to the foundation and our hospital are immense,” says foundation chair Bill Day.
“We are constantly delighted with the generosity our volunteers show to our staff, patients and their families. Thanks you so much”, says our interim District Director John Tait. “Our volunteers are an integral part of providing good health care across the motu.”
Volunteers are often the lifeblood of our communities and there is incredible diversity in the community and voluntary sector.
We also recognise the many Māori and Pacific volunteers who provide a vital connection to ensure their communities are able to access the support and services they need, both individually and at a regional level.
So leading up to the break this is a chance for us to say thank you for the huge contribution our volunteers make to help our patients and staff each and every day.