A series of events was held in Angus during National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) to acknowledge the work that volunteers contribute to NHS Tayside.
A reception took place on Friday (7 June) at Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre to thank Angus-based volunteers for their contribution to the health service in Tayside.
Certificates and badges were presented to those with more than 5, 10, 15 and 20 years’ volunteer service with NHS Tayside and attendees were treated to a spread of sandwiches, cakes and drinks.
Non-executive member of Tayside NHS Board 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.”
Voluntary services manager Susan Hamill, who also celebrated her retiral at the Whitehills event, added, “Our volunteers continue to make a real difference to Angus patients in many different ways. I am delighted that they will now be supported by the new Angus voluntary services co-ordinator Leigh Mitchell who will also be recruiting new volunteers to meet the changing needs of the service.”
Angus Macmillan Day Services held celebration events at each of the three Macmillan units in Arbroath Infirmary, Whitehills and Stracathro Hospital where volunteers were presented with the long service certificates and badges. The events offered nursing and voluntary service staff an opportunity to thank volunteers for the time, commitment and contribution they give to NHS Tayside. Patients attending the day centres were also able to share in the celebrations with the volunteers.
Volunteer service co-ordinator for Angus Palliative Care Services Liz MacCrimmon said, “We are extremely lucky to have volunteers at all of our Macmillan centres in Angus. Volunteers carry out a variety of roles including providing therapies, driving patients to and from the centres, offering hospitality, seated exercises, nail/hand care and arts and crafts.”
Charge nurse at Stracathro Macmillan Day Care Rachel Leonard said, “We are really appreciative of our volunteers and the valuable contribution they make to our services and to our patients. Volunteers’ week is our chance to say thank you to the volunteers for their continued support. They make a huge difference to our services and we couldn’t do what we do without 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.