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Meet some of our incredible volunteers at our large-scale Covid-19 vaccination sites across Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and Norfolk & Waveney

Georgie editGeorgie Chivers, clinical volunteer with our large-scale Covid-19 vaccination programme, is the latest recipient of our quarterly ‘Valuing our Volunteers’ Award. Georgie began volunteering in March 2021 and has clocked up more than one hundred hours vaccinating at three of our vaccination sites across Cambridge.

Jacqui Taylor, head of clinical operations for large-scale vaccination in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, said: “Georgie gives every one of these hours with good grace, professionalism and a huge smile. She’s always willing to step in at short notice and be flexible to support any role in the hub and she’s a pleasure to work with!”

Click here to discover what inspired Georgie to get involved with the largest vaccination programme in NHS History, the highlights and challenges of being a volunteer, how there’s no such thing as an average day, and her advice for anyone keen to join the vaccination team.


Alex Prosser-SnellingIf you’ve had your Covid vaccine at the Grafton Centre, you may be familiar with the Where’s Wally illustrations inside the pods. Added as a bit of light-hearted fun and to aid relaxation, these were the brainchild of Alex Prosser-Snelling.

As HR Director for McDonald’s, Alex works with restaurants all over Europe and in his spare time he’s been working as a volunteer vaccinator at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s (CCS) large-scale Covid vaccination sites.

Here the 44-year-old father of two explains how people skills are key to both roles and how volunteering with CCS has challenged his thinking, as well as the pride he feels being part of the NHS. Click here to read Alex's story.


CliveAs Station Commander for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Clive Allen is used to getting calls to attend road traffic incidents, building fires and animal rescues, and in January 2021 he responded to Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s (CCS) plea to help launch our first large-scale Covid-19 vaccination centre in Cambridge.

Here the 56-year-old explains how the ability to reassure people and put them at ease has been integral to both roles and how he found stewarding so rewarding, he subsequently trained to be a volunteer vaccinator. Click here to read Clive's story. 


Nicky HoadWhen the Covid pandemic hit in March 2020, Communications Equipment Project Manager at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service, Nicky Hoad was on maternity leave.

Here the 39-year-old explains how a combination of feeling isolated at home and a desire to do something to help the nation get through the pandemic spurred her into joining Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s (CCS) vaccination team. Click here to read Nicky's story.

 

 

 

Martyn JonesRetired engineer Martyn Jones has been stewarding at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s (CCS) large-scale vaccination sites for just over a year.

Elaine McInnes-Rich, Clinical Operational Lead - Cambridge Pods, said: “Martyn is a long-standing member of the team at Chesterton, and we’d be lost without his support.”

Here 67-year-old Martyn explains how he got involved with the largest vaccination programme in NHS history, the highlights and challenges of being a volunteer, and why he has no intention of hanging up his hi vis jacket just yet. Click here to read Martyn's story


Ray SmithAs a steward volunteer, Ray Smith has been guiding and supporting people at Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s (CCS) large-scale vaccination sites for more than a year. Here the 60-year-old shares the highs and lows of stewarding, the main skills required and how his background in IT has been a bonus. Click here to read Ray's story. 




 

 

 

JohnJohn Barlow has worked with Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) for more than 35 years and over the past year he’s dedicated his free time to volunteering at three of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s (CCS) large-scale Covid vaccination centres. In recognition of his efforts, John was delighted to be invited by the Duchess of Cambridge to attend a Christmas Carol Service at Westminster Abbey to celebrate the incredible work of individuals and organisations across the nation who stepped up to support their communities during the pandemic.

In January 2022, John was recruited by CCS on a fixed-term contract to vaccinate for 16 hours a week at Queensgate in Peterborough. Here he shares what inspired him to get involved with the vaccination programme, as well as the challenges and highlights of being a volunteer. Click here to read John's story.


Claire1Self-confessed people person Claire Shearer has been volunteering at our Dereham large-scale vaccination site since last July.

Here she explains what inspired her to get involved with the fastest and most successful vaccination programme in NHS history and the highlights and challenges of being a volunteer. Click here to read Claire's story.


 

 

 

 

Heather PeckFormer Chair of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS), Heather Peck has had a busy career mainly in agriculture. She’s been a civil servant in the Ministry of Agriculture/Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) and has also bred both sheep and alpacas commercially. Click here to discover how Heather recently added humans to her species list as she became a volunteer vaccinator at CCS’ large-scale Covid vaccination sites in Lowestoft and Norwich. 

 

If you’d like to find out more about administration and clinical volunteer roles, please email: ccs.volunteers@nhs.net

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