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Volunteers recognised at Ninewells Gift Shop celebration

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Volunteers who help run the Tayside Health Fund Gift Shop gathered at Ninewells Hospital to mark the reopening of the shop.

The Gift Shop, which is located on the main concourse of Ninewells, was closed for a short time to allow for redecoration and to stock up the shelves with lots of new gifts and brands.

Gillian Moran, acting fundraising development manager and Lorna Donnelly, fundraising support assistant, invited the volunteers along to the reopening for tea and cake to thank them for their support over the years.  They were also presented with a certificate from Volunteer Dundee in recognition of their service.

Gillian said, “The Gift Shop was last redecorated in 2014 and there has been a few changes since then.  Some volunteers have retired and moved on and we’ve had lots of new volunteers start with us.  We also opened The Little Gift Shop next door to the main shop and we now have around 25 volunteers working across the two stores.

“The funds generated by the gifts shops make a big difference to patients and families across Tayside and we’re always looking for new volunteers to join our friendly team.  If you fancy spending a few hours a week helping in the shops please get in touch, we’d be delighted to hear from you.”

For more information or an application form please contact Gillian Moran on 01382 633917, email or voluntary services manager Val Ewan on 01382 740136, email

The Gift Shop has gifts and cards for every occasion from birthdays to weddings.  The Little Gift Shop stocks a range of products for expectant parents, babies and children.  Both shops are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm.

Older people Go4Gold in Perth & Kinross

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Older people in Perth & Kinross took part in a care home challenge event to highlight the importance of physical activity.

120 residents from 40 care homes and day centres across the region tried their hand at various games and challenges at the eighth annual Go4Gold event in Bells Sports Centre in Perth.

The event, which is one of the biggest of its kind in Scotland, was designed around this year’s theme of walking more often to increase the activity levels of frail older people receiving care. This also ties in with an exciting partnership with Paths for All which is working with local care homes over the next two years to offer person-centred physical activity programmes based around walking and strength and balance exercises.

The participants took part in various physical challenges including indoor kurling, golf throwing target, fishing for ducks, hoopla, and a golf putting challenge.

Each team was supported by carers, staff, and volunteers from the Rotary, Soroptimists, Tesco, Scottish and Southern Electricity, Perth College UHI, Perth High School, and other organisations.

Some of the other activities on the day included a warm-up session led by Perth College UHI, a games challenge, and a tea dance and sing song with the Perth High School ceilidh band providing the music and singers.

Participants trained for and practiced the activities within their care setting in the weeks before the event. Staff and residents from each care home also created posters for a competition reflecting the theme of ‘Memories of Walking and Walking Activities’.

Each participant received a Go4Gold medal and certificate and trophies were presented for the overall winner, most enthusiastic team, best team name, best team identity and best poster.

Go4Gold was organised by the Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership (P&K HSCP) in conjunction with Live Active Leisure, the third sector and local care homes. The event aims to increase physical activity levels for all care home residents in a fun and meaningful way.

P&K HSCP falls service manager Carolyn Wilson said, “The Go4Gold event is a main highlight of the care home year. It’s fantastic to observe the competitive spirit, enthusiasm and excitement created by all those taking part. Go4Gold demonstrates that everyone can exercise in some way and today we have seen a lasting legacy promoting physical activity. It goes to prove that even the frailest in our society can come together, participate in physical activity and above all have fun.

Chief Executive of Perth & Kinross Council Karen Reid, who officially opened the event, said, “Go4Gold is a fantastic example of how physical activity and fun can be built into all stages of our lives, and it was a privilege to be invited to open this year’s event.

“The whole event is a tribute to the residents who embrace the training days and the spirit of the competition. Thanks also to all of the staff who work to create it, and the families and friends who support the activities. Proof that in Perth you can live life well at any age.”

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Celebrating volunteering in Angus

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The reception at Whitehills

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.

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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.”

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Stracathro Macmillan Day Care
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Arbroath Macmillan Day Care

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.

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Perth volunteer David McLaren received his certificate and badge from voluntary transport co-ordinator Gary Leith

Maternity staff support breastfeeding campaign

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A pop up café was held in ward 38 at Ninewells to create a supportive and friendly environment for mums taking the first steps towards breastfeeding in public.

Scotland’s new national Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland scheme is aimed at encouraging women to breastfeed out and about in public spaces.

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During Scottish Breastfeeding Awareness Week (2 to 8 June) women were encouraged to post a photo of themselves breastfeeding wherever they were.

Maternity staff were also asked to promote the new national Breastfeeding Friendly Scotland scheme, sharing any photos of new mothers and newborns having vital skin to skin contact.

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Infant feeding advisor Marianne White, infant feeding midwife Lisa Young


Tayside staff ask ‘What matters to you?’

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Wards and departments across NHS Tayside took part in ‘What matters to you?’ day on Thursday 6 June.

The aim of ‘What matters to you?’ day is to encourage and support more meaningful conversations between people who provide health and social care and the people, families and carers who receive care.

Angus Macmillan Day Services took part in ‘What matters to you?’ conversations all this week across the three Macmillan Units in Arbroath Infirmary, Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre and Stracathro Hospital.

Charge nurse Rachel Leonard said, “Nursing staff and patients engaged in meaningful conversations regarding the provision of health and social care.”

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Each member of staff from Ward 6 at Ninewells asked three people, whether staff, patients, visitors what mattered to them at that moment in time. They then displayed some of the answers in the ward for people to read.

Senior charge nurse Nicki Hedley said, “This day is about encouraging meaningful conversations between everyone. We all wore our badges to advertise the day and every patient was given a crocheted blanket to keep which were knitted by a pharmacist and a nurse.”

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Tay Ward at Perth Royal Infirmary also took part in the day with healthcare assistant Janette McNaughton taking the lead and asking all patients as well as visitors and staff ‘What matters to you?’

She then displayed some of the answers on an information stand in the ward.

Consultant physician Dr Dirk Habicht said, “We are in the process of creating a more person-centred approach to the care we provide as part of a wider improvement project.”

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Staff, patients and relatives from Ward 2 in Crieff Community Hospital asked people to write a message to hang on an activity tree about what was important to them during treatment in hospital.

Some of the messages included ‘ensure patients felt valued’ and become more ‘independent before going home’.

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Scotland has co-ordinated and hosted the annual ‘What matters to you?’ day since 2016 and 41 countries have taken part.

For more information and to join in visit

THAT programmes explore wellbeing through music

Participants on two long-term conditions arts groups have explored their musical talents.

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Members of the Headway group with the RSNO – photo courtesy of Kris Miller/DCT Media

Participants from Headway Dundee and Angus group were inspired by spring in the finale of a programme with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO).

The event at the Wighton Heritage Centre was organised by ST/ART – a creative engagement project for people across Tayside who have had a stroke or acquired brain injury. It’s supported by NHS Tayside and the RSNO’s learning and engagement programme in Dundee, which is supported by Northwood Charitable Trust.

Participants were encouraged to work with a variety of instruments including rhythmic and musical percussion, piano and their voice. They explored composition through written notation and verse and found their own sources of inspiration to work from. This approach led to a rich combination of visual, written and composed work which became the basis of three movements of music that they shared today.

Head of learning and engagement at RSNO Samantha Campbell said, “The musicians have taken the group through a number of planned musical exercises and techniques that gradually evolved from quiet musical meditation to bold vocal compositions.

“It has been particularly satisfying to see the participants’ confidence increase and realise the pleasure there is in making music. What is exciting for us is exploring how to build work with a large group of participants which creates social and interactive activity.”

For further information please contact Chris Kelly on 01382 835507 or email

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The Vocal Chord choir

Tayside Healthcare Arts Trust’s (THAT) Vocal Chord long-term conditions choir performed at the final session of their spring programme at the Norrie Miller Studio in Perth Concert Hall. The programme is delivered in association with Horsecross Arts Perth and supported by The Gannochy Trust, The Forteviot Trust and NHS Tayside.

Singing coach Emma Neck worked with participants during the eight-session programme to explore singing in a fun and enjoyable way. THAT volunteer Annette McBride provided support to the programme.

Emma said, “I really enjoyed working with the Vocal Chord group and exploring gentle harmonies and different styles of music together. Everyone worked very hard and sound amazing! It’s been a joy working with everyone and I look forward to doing more work with the group in autumn.”

Vocal Chord will resume on Monday, 26 August in the Norrie Miller Studio. If you would like more information or would like to register please contact Karine Neill on 01382 835509.

THAT promotes the therapeutic value of arts-based programmes to enhance quality of life, promote social inclusion and empower an individual to make an important contribution to their health and wellbeing.