YOUNG Island volunteers for the NHS have been recognised for innovative care and were commended at the 2019 Helpforce Champion Awards.

The awards are dedicated to acknowledging volunteers within the NHS and a scheme run by the Isle of Wight NHS Trust and the Isle of Wight College caught the attention of the judges.

Health and care students were offered a practical placement as a volunteer at the hospital.

Cathy Armstrong, NHS volunteer co-ordinator, said: “We are so excited to be nominated for this award. We have developed an excellent relationship with our local schools and college and the recruitment of health and social care students to our volunteers service is incredibly successful.

“We offer students a valuable insight into the many careers the healthcare sector has to offer and our patients and staff are also benefitting hugely from their voluntary support.

“The small acts of kindness our volunteers provide are priceless, and something our trust could not be without.”