Young volunteers celebrated for contribution to Camden hospital

Tulip Siddiq with volunteers from Royal Free young volunteers programme

Tulip Siddiq with volunteers from Royal Free young volunteers programme - Credit: Archant

Inspirational young volunteers were praised in parliament for their ‘amazing’ contribution to the Royal Free NHS trust.

The event, organised by MP Tulip Siddiq, was a celebration of the young volunteer programme set up by the Royal Free Charity in May 2015.

One of the 120 volunteers, 16-year-old Tanjina Uddin, explained what it means to her to be in the programme. She said: “Coming together, we realise we are part of something much bigger. We are passionate about being a part of this amazing and supportive environment.”

17-year-old Istar Mohamed added: “We learn so much from the hardworking staff who we are lucky to work alongside. We believe in helping other people and taking responsibility in creating a strong and fair society.”

The volunteers are recruited from Barnet, Haringey and Camden and take up roles in the hospital to support staff and patients.

As part of the programme, the 16 to 25-year-olds are given training and take part in activities such as food bank collections, tea parties for the elderly and debates on healthcare.

At the event, Tulip said: “I was so proud to host the amazing volunteers. The innovative program should be used as an example across the country for how to harness the positive spirit of volunteerism and the energy of our young people.”

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The programme is coordinated by Desiree Bensonm, who spoke of her pride for the young volunteers and what they have achieved.

She said: “The programme has shown that these young people have huge levels of compassion, which has enabled them to engage directly with those most vulnerable in society.”