The NHS and Care Volunteer Responders programme, which was originally created to support NHS colleagues and services in England during the pandemic, has recently extended its reach to adult social care. The joint programme aims to ease pressure on care providers and enhance the experience of people drawing on care services.
Samantha Ward OBE
Sam is Deputy CEO and Director of Services for Royal Voluntary Service, one of the country’s largest volunteering organisations. Alongside her strategic and support department responsibilities as Deputy CEO, she is responsible for the delivery of the charity’s complete services portfolio. This includes vital health and community programmes, the charity’s retail estate, and overseeing the NHS and Care Volunteer Responders scheme. Her role also includes oversight of the charity’s Services Welfare activities, a legacy service which provides much needed help to young personnel in the UK’s Armed Forces.
Since joining the charity in 2000, Sam has had a number of roles from community development, operations management, and change programmes.
Before joining Royal Voluntary Service, Sam was commercial business director for a regional company and previously gained experience within the 3rd sector working in mental health.
Sam has dedicated her adult life to supporting vulnerable people in local communities in a number of roles and is currently Chair at YMCA Crewe.