NHS Tayside has been marking the contribution of our young volunteers as part of YouthLink Scotland‘s #iwill week which celebrates youth social action, highlighting their involvement in the community and the positive differences young people make.
There are around 25 volunteers aged between 16 and 25 years old in Ninewells and Perth Royal Infirmary, with several more working across Tayside in the health and social care partnerships.
The young people volunteer to gain experience within ward areas and administration, to learn communication skills, and many also want to give back having seen the care a family member has had in hospital.
All young volunteers are encouraged to sign up for the national Saltire Awards which recognise their volunteering hours with certificates.
During the week Saltire Awards were presented to five of our young volunteers:
- Katherine Flack – 100 hours – Ward 6, Ninewells and The Brae Riding Centre (Katherine has now left us to study medicine at Aberdeen University)
- Lynn Rollo – 50 hours – Advice Centre, Ninewells
- Marcel Al-Horoub – 25 hours – Ward 5, Ninewells
- Kerin Waterston – 25 hours – Ward 6, Ninewells
- Leo Huang – 25 hours – Ward 19, Ninewells
Voluntary services manager Val Ewan said, “Volunteers provide something different to healthcare staff and relatives and our young volunteers are very popular in their areas. Patients enjoy hearing about what they do and our young volunteers in turn tell us they love to hear stories of the patients’ lives.
“We are very grateful to all our volunteers but this week we want to thank your young volunteers in particular and we love to hear the difference volunteering has made to them.”