North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust becomes a volunteering provider for The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust has become an Approved Activity Provider for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The DofE charity works with organisations across the UK to help young people gain essential skills, experience, confidence and resilience to successfully navigate adult life.

The Trust, which runs Peterborough City, Hinchingbrooke and Stamford Hospitals,  is able to support young people to complete their volunteering section of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

Barry Pridmore, Volunteer Manager, said:  “Involving young people in volunteering is a key part of the NHS Long Term plan to encourage youth social action and the personal development of young people. It is also hugely beneficial experience for our patients. Young volunteers are potentially the future of the NHS and need opportunities to learn and gain valuable experience to support their education. By enabling volunteers to fulfil their DofE awards experience whilst making a difference to our patients is a real positive for all concerned.”

The news comes after Lwiza Mulenga joined the Trust as its first Young Volunteers Coordinator. Her role involves engaging with young people to get them involved with volunteering in our hospitals.

Lwiza said:  “It is an exciting opportunity for the NHS to be involved with an amazing youth movement such as DofE. This partnership is an investment in our future NHS staff. The more young people understand what is happening in their community, the more informed decisions they can make for a better future. Overall, by working with DofE our Trust will also be facilitating in shaping our future.”