Paul Wharton – North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

1st July 2020

As volunteer coordinator at North Tees and Hartlepool Foundation Trust, Paul has transformed the way we work with our volunteer community at our hospitals and is already planning to bring volunteers into community and primary care services.

Paul is inspiring to us all; he has a passion for volunteering that sees no limits. He can see the difference our volunteers make to the staff and patients they serve and to the lives of the volunteers themselves. Paul has been pivotal in developing the many roles that volunteers now play within our organisation, ranging from volunteer drivers to navigators and mealtime companions.

Paul chairs a regional committee for volunteers and was instrumental in securing our position as one of the eleven innovator sites working with Helpforce to drive forward our ‘Home but not alone’ campaign that went live recently. His project has the potential to improve the lives of the people we serve. Paul very much deserves the accolade of Volunteer Leader of the Year.