A Black Country NHS charity has celebrated the work of its volunteers.

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust marked the 40th anniversary of National Volunteers Week with an event honouring dedicated people for giving their own time to assist patients in specialist mental health, learning disability and community healthcare services.

The celebration was on Tuesday, June 4, and acknowledged the selfless individuals who provide companionship and support to patients, organise therapeutic activities and gardening, assist with administrative tasks, and provide service feedback.

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The day featured heartfelt speeches from managers and staff, and the presentation of certificates of appreciation to volunteers.

Jeremy Vanes, chair at the trust, said: "We are incredibly grateful for the dedication and compassion demonstrated by our volunteers.

"They are an integral part of our hospital community, and their unwavering support and feedback enhances the quality of care we provide."

Rebecca Craddock, volunteer coordinator at the trust, said: "Our volunteers play a vital role in supporting mental health and learning disability services and we are extremely grateful for the time and knowledge they provide."

She added: "We believe that volunteers are instrumental in creating a compassionate and supportive environment for our patients and we are actively seeking volunteers to join our dedicated team of 90+ volunteers and improve services.

"By joining our team, volunteers have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of those accessing our services in the Black Country.

"It will also help us to build happier and healthier communities.”

Anyone interested in volunteering at the trust can contact bchft.volunteers@nhs.net to express their interest.