Thank you to all of our volunteers
During an exceptionally difficult couple of years, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to their communities – just as they do every year. The contribution of volunteers is often unseen and unrecognised by many, visible only through the incredible impact of their volunteering.
This Volunteers Week, we are sharing stories from some of the amazing volunteers within NHS 24, celebrating their invaluable contribution to society.
"My mum was my role model growing up. She was always offering to help others in some way, whether it be charity work or volunteering. I sadly lost my mum in 2013 and afterward went through one of the darkest times in my life involving depression and unemployment. I knew needed a way out of this vicious cycle so I turned to volunteering again, hoping it would get my life back on track. It certainly did!
Volunteering was a great way to build my CV up as it showed I was committed to using my spare time to help others. After gaining employment at NHS24 through The Princes Trust, I decided to become a Princes Trust Young Ambassador to encourage other young people to use the support they offer to those who are struggling.
My passion for volunteering is a big part of my life and I’m always trying to find other opportunities to help. I recently became a Give & Go Volunteer for NHSGGC, providing a link to patients throughout the pandemic by bringing gifts in from loved ones. Just being able to provide that small amount of joy meant everything.
Not all of volunteering is glamorous but to me it is such a good thing to do for yourself and others. I would encourage anyone to consider volunteering. No matter how big or small the role or how little time you can commit, you are providing something to someone somewhere to make things better in your own way."
"I have been volunteering with Children’s Hearings Scotland as a panel member for 2 years. This is a care and justice system which is unique to Scotland. It protects and maintains the safety and wellbeing of children across Scotland. My role is to take part in the hearings to listen and make legal decisions for children and young people, making sure that the child is at the centre of every decision I make.
As a specialist Nurse in Public Protection within NHS24 I have always been passionate about protecting vulnerable children. My role has driven me to want to make a difference to children and young people’s lives. My volunteer role can be harrowing at times as I have to listen to and read about the bad experiences children and young people have gone through. But, it's very rewarding to know that I can be part of a positive change in their lives. Being caring and compassionate, I am able to help children speak openly, freely and honestly, know that their views are listened to, and allow them to feel empowered and have ownership of their rights. I would encourage anyone that wants to make a difference to volunteer."
Turning intent to action
Over the past 12 months, NHSScotland Volunteering Programme Manager, Janice Malone, has been on an eye opening learning journey as she chaired the national working group on Inclusive Volunteering.
All are welcome to join this online webinar on 9 June 2022 to hear about what the group learned, and to begin to think about the ways in which you can recognise the power that you have to take positive action.
The event will take place on MS Teams. You will be able to access the event using the link even if you are not registered with MS Teams.
How to volunteer
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer across Scotland, working with lots of different causes. Figuring out where to start can be overwhelming, but there are lots of resources to help you find the right opportunity. Places you can look include: