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Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

Meet Our Volunteers


 Volunteering During Covid-19.

During Covid-19 Barbara, one of our re-deployed colleagues coordinated our volunteer PPE drivers.

"Hi, my name is Barbara Cook and I work for the Estates and Capital team based normally at Moorgreen but currently working from home.

I was asked if I could assist with coordinating PPE deliveries across the Trust as the driver coordinator.

Taking on this role has been great as I have made friends with people that I would never normally come into contact with.

I can safely say the people I talk to are brilliant and we have all worked really well together even if has been remotely.

The Hub coordinators make sure all the packages are made up with all the details to enable the volunteer drivers to make the deliveries to the various locations across the Trust.

Our volunteer drivers, what can I say, they are brilliant, always happy to help and nothing is ever too much trouble for them, I really do hope they all appreciate how grateful we all are. This would not be possible without them.

I look forward to the day, if possible, where I can get to meet not only the volunteers but all the hub coordinators and say a personal thank you to each and every one of them for making this possible."



Volunteers have been distributing snacks and drinks donated by an airline company. Thank you to the volunteers who have driven all around Hampshire to make this happen! Our teams are very grateful!


We also had a big donation of hampers and gift cards collected from Tesco's New Milton by our volunteer driver George in the van. These were distributed out to happy staff in Lymington hospital.


Volunteer Martin and library staff member Natalie with a van full of uniform, four trips out and about around Hampshire getting appropriate uniform out to teams in the sun.


One of our volunteers has said:

"I just wanted to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to volunteer. I have really enjoyed the last 2 days - it’s given me a real sense of purpose. 

If I can help again please let me know. "

Meet Our Volunteers!


David normally works as the Senior Theatre Technician at the University of Winchester, where he operates and maintains the University’s theatre venues and advises students and staff on how to add a little sparkle to their dance, drama and musical theatre performances. David is also considered to be the department's safety guru and has recently been making a series of safety videos for the students.

The University is closed at the moment due to the Coronavirus pandemic and David has been placed on Furlough. Although he is being paid to stay at home David says "...I don't do sitting around very well and there is a limit to how much gardening one can do without a garden centre being open!"

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David missed the boat where good Sam volunteering was concerned so his wife, who is an OT, suggested he look at the Southern Health web site. He was in luck, SHFT were looking for volunteer drivers to deliver PPE, which seemed right up his street.

David has only really just started in this volunteer role but already he has visited many of the Southern Health sites in the south east of the region. David says: "It’s good to know that the cardboard boxes I'm dropping off are going towards keeping the teams safe across the trust."

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Anthony usually works as a primary school teacher and says: "The reason why I volunteered was to try and do a little to help those people in need during this time and to help the NHS who helped my father when he was unwell."               


Vicky is a Mum of two boys and has a part time job as a receptionist/ administrator at a Marina in Portchester, Fareham.  Vicky loves being outdoors whether it’s camping in her camper van, a spot of running or chatting to friends on a long coastal walk with her little dog Chalky.  Vicky says: "I have loved doing the deliveries for Southern Health Trust, knowing I am doing my little bit and discovering all the different locations."
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Marion is a customer service advisor for NHS Creative Dental, but, having been furloughed, decided to volunteer for Southern Health. Marion has been helping out with the delivery of PPE across the Trust.


Owen normally works as a delivery driver for New Forest Ice-Creams but has currently been furloughed. Owen has been volunteering his time to deliver PPE and says: "I wanted to do my bit because we are all in this together."


Sheena works as a housekeeper at Highclere Castle, better known as Downton Abbey. Pictured is Sheena dusting the oak staircase. Sheena and her colleagues hoover, dust and keep the place lovely for the visitors.

When Sheena was put on furlough she wanted to help so volunteered for the NHS and she says: "I was excited when I got my first call to collect and deliver PPE. It has been the best experience and I am very proud to be part of the team."

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