A series of events are being held during National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) to acknowledge the work that volunteers contribute to NHS Tayside.
A reception was held on Monday (3 June) at Ninewells Hospital to thank Dundee-based volunteers for their contribution to the health service in Tayside.
Non-executive member of Tayside NHS Board Trudy McLeay presented certificates to those with more than 5, 10, 15 and 20 years’ volunteer service with NHS Tayside and some current volunteers talked about the roles they carry out.
Trudy McLeay said, “NHS Tayside volunteers are an important part of our healthcare teams. With hundreds of volunteers who support many areas of our service, from drivers to those who greet patients at the front door of our hospitals and those who work throughout the hospitals and the wider community, NHS Tayside patients, visitors and staff are indeed fortunate to benefit from their commitment and sterling work. They are very much valued and are a treasured part of our NHS community.”
Angus volunteers will be recognised at an event at Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre on Friday and an event is being planned for Perth & Kinross later in the year.
Volunteers also hosted an awareness stand at Ninewells today (Wednesday) from 10am to 4pm where they were chatting to visitors about their experiences of volunteering and sharing opportunities for people to become volunteers.
Alison Sellars, volunteer service co-ordinator for specialist palliative care services, is enjoying tea, coffee and cake with her volunteers at Roxburghe House in Dundee during National Volunteers’ Week.
Alison said, “I want to let them know they are a special bunch and the input they have is invaluable to us. They are a constant reminder of the good things that people do in this world and I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of them.”
There are more than 800 volunteers across NHS Tayside carrying out many roles including meeters and greeters, patient transport, library assistants, health walk leaders, gardeners, flower arrangers, listening volunteers and breastfeeding buddies.
Volunteers come from all walks of life making valuable contributions which enhance the patient experience. People come to volunteering for many different reasons – to give something back, to learn new skills, to meet new people, to keep active but all have the same thing in common – to make a difference.