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Black History Month – volunteer success

Black History Month – volunteer success

Date of release: 28 October 2021 

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Black History Month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the efforts of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues for the wonderful contribution they make to our organisation!

Today we’re reflecting on the efforts of Dhavina Chadha, a Trust volunteer, who was recently shortlisted for The Wolverhampton Young Citizen of the Year Awards. 

Held at the Mayor's Parlour, the award ceremony was held in September to recognise the efforts of young people to support local communities. Dhavina got through to the final stage as a result of her fantastic volunteering work. 

The 17-year-old, who has been volunteering for around nine months, is one of the 130 new volunteers The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust has recruited this year. A student who attends Thomas Telford School in Telford, Shropshire, Dhavina has helped enhance the patient experience by designing and making cakes and truffles for patients. 

“I decided to volunteer because I thought it would be wise to help the NHS as they helped us so much during the pandemic,” said Dhavina. “During COVID-19, volunteering has been emphasised a lot because we need people who can help out and do the little jobs that other staff might not be able to do because they’re so busy in the hospital. As a young person, I think it’s important to help out and give to my community because we’re needed during this horrible time.”

The awards was hosted by the city's Rotary clubs and backed by Wolverhampton Council, the Express & Star, The Way Youth Zone, Wolves Foundation, Carvers, The James Beattie Charitable Trust, Wolverhampton West magazine, Bilston magazine and Wednesfield magazine.

Well done Dhavina for making it to the final!

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