Nominations are now closed.
Look out for the launch of the Wall of Fame in November, with some truly wonderful stories of kindness and help.

Thank you to everyone who sent stories in to ‘The Big Thank You to Volunteers’ to recognise all the brave volunteers who have given, and still give, so much to help staff, patients and our communities. We’d also like to thank Deloitte for supporting our mission to recognise the people who have made such a difference through ‘The Big Thank You’. We can't wait to share the stories on the Helpforce Wall of Fame in November!

Mark Lever, Chief Executive, Helpforce

When it comes to volunteers in the NHS  saying “Thank you” is a very important way to celebrate their work. Which is why we want to shout from the rooftops about the amazing work volunteers in our NHS do every single day. With your help, we will shine a light on those dedicated and caring individuals who give their time and talents to help staff and support patients, families and carers.

The Helpforce Big Thank You to Volunteers, kindly sponsored by Deloitte, are your opportunity to celebrate and share the invaluable contributions made by volunteers across the UK.

Nominations are now closed.



Volunteers, or a team, who deserve A Big Thank You

Outstanding innovation and responding to Covid19

This category recognises the contributions and achievements of an innovative idea or scheme involving volunteers that have made a significant contribution to the staff and patients in health care over the past 12 months. It also recognises specific volunteering innovations that helped frontline staff cope with the difficult circumstances they were working in during the peak of the crisis. Do you know a volunteer who is a role model, worked against the odds, and shown courage and commitment in their role supporting patients and staff? 

Encouraging Inclusion & Diversity

This category celebrates successful approaches to inclusion; projects or schemes that positively promote ethnicity, disability, refugees, the homeless, or carers for example, within their volunteering strategy. We want to see examples of how an inclusive approach has brought benefits to volunteers, staff,  patients and the community.

Going the extra mile

You can nominate a volunteer and or clinical staff member in health. This category celebrates a volunteer who has gone above and beyond expectations in their volunteering role during the year, and made a noticeable impact on the experience of staff, patients, or both. It also celebrates a dedicated member of staff within health care who has led and championed volunteers, or has a core responsibility for managing and coordinating volunteering. We’d love to see examples of leaders who have improved the ways volunteers support staff and patients, those who have gone the extra mile to encourage the positive impact volunteers can make.

Teamwork and bringing people together

This category recognises excellent teamwork and combined contribution from volunteers and staff working together. Whether the group worked on an event or project, they have achieved significant success as a collaborative team. It also recognises the importance and value of bringing health care volunteers together with other organisations in hospitals and the wider community. If you know a dynamic team who proves that more hands are better than one, tell us about their outstanding teamwork. The group may have worked on an event or project, and have achieved significant success as a team.

Thank you to our generous sponsor for making this possible


Frequently asked Questions

Who can send a story?

We welcome stories from volunteers, volunteer managers, patients, family and friends.

What is the closing date?

Please send your stories in by the 15 September 2020.

Can I send a story about someone who volunteers in the community?

Yes, we welcome stories about volunteers who work in all areas of our health services, in hospitals, as well as in the community

Will there be a charge for this?

No, there is no cost for your story appearing on the Wall of Fame​.

Will I have to attend a ceremony?

No, you simply need to follow our wall of fame on our website, in November.

What is the wall of fame?

This year, because we can’t all be in a room to say thank you, we hope to celebrate through our website, and social media channels. To do this we are creating a wall of fame which we will launch in November.

How many stories can I send?

Please submit as many stories as you like in each category​​.

How will I know if the story will be featured on the wall of fame?

We will notify you via email when the story will be featured on the Wall of Fame. Please note that due to high demand/similar patterns in a category, not all stories can be featured.

Will the entries that are featured on the wall of fame be given a prize?

We aren’t giving trophies this year, but we would like to send each person who features on the Wall of Fame a certificate (PDF) and a Wall of Fame booklet.

Will you ask permission before you use a photo on the wall of fame, that is sent as part of my nomination?

Yes, we will always ask for permission before we add a nomination to the wall of fame.

Is this open to the whole of the UK?

Yes, we welcome nominations from across England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Volunteering is humbling. It brings you back down to earth, and it has definitely taught me the value of patience, something I see from the staff in everything they do. I’m now always encouraging my mates to give a few hours a week to their local hospital too.

Birju Pujara, volunteer at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Trust

Birju Pujara, volunteer at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Trust