James Brokenshire congratulated 180 young volunteers for their service to patients at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup at a special event on Friday. The 'Vibe' Project which is run by the charity CSV in partnership with South London Healthcare NHS Trust and provides young people aged between 16-25 with the opportunity to volunteer at the hospital.
As part of their 'Summer of Service' young people worked in a range of departments supporting healthcare and other staff and helping to raise awareness of health prevention issues with visitors to Queen Mary's. Each of the participants was awarded a certificate for their contribution to supporting others.
Commenting, James Brokenshire - who helped present some of the certificates at the awards event - said:
"This is a fantastic scheme and underlines the enthusiasm for young people in this area to help others and give something back to their community. Talking to those who took part they enjoyed the variety of the opportunities involved and a number said that they would be taking part again in the future. I am sure that their work has made a real difference at Queen Mary's and it was a pleasure to be able to thank them for all of their hard work and commitment."