National Volunteers Week in NHS Tayside

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l-r clinical governance facilitator Pammy Chima, Gillian Costello, Health Shop manager Jodie Moodie, volunteer Iris Symon, Malcolm Wright, volunteer Jim Gorman, Valerie Ewan, public partner Linda Gray and public involvement coordinator Audrey Lindsay

NHS Tayside supported National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) by hosting an information stand at Ninewells Hospital and by sharing lots of our lovely volunteer photos on social media to help increase awareness of volunteering.

Visitors, staff and patients visiting the volunteer information stand on the concourse were able to find out about the many volunteering opportunities that are available across NHS Tayside.

The stand was manned by NHS Tayside staff and they were joined by volunteers and Public Partner representatives. A range of information leaflets about volunteering were available and visitors took the opportunity to chat with volunteers to hear firsthand about the benefits of volunteering.

Volunteers and staff were also joined by Chief Executive Malcolm Wright and Nurse Director Gillian Costello.

Malcolm said, “National Volunteering Week is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the important roles that our volunteers in NHS Tayside and across the communities carry out every single day.

“This year, Volunteers’ Week has the key message is that ‘volunteering is for all’ in Tayside we are very fortunate to have so many dedicated and reliable volunteers who give up their time for free to provide additional support to our patients and staff.

“As an organisation, we are committed to making sure our patients are at the very centre of everything we do. We acknowledge the valuable additional contribution that our volunteers make in so many different ways that helps us to ensure that our patients receive the best healthcare.”

Valerie Ewan, volunteer manager at Ninewells, added, “We wanted to use this week to say a big thank you to our volunteers and to raise awareness of the huge variety of volunteering opportunities that exist, both in our hospitals and in the community.

“We would be delighted to chat to anyone who would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer so please stop by our information stand at Ninewells.”

There are 900 volunteers across NHS Tayside carrying out many roles, including library assistants, health walk leaders, craft and art volunteers, gardeners, befrienders, helping with teas and coffees, listening volunteers, meeters and greeters and breastfeeding buddies.

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