Around 400 people give their time and commitment as volunteers to a wide range of services in NHS Forth Valley. This is in addition to around 90 people who are directly engaged with visiting patients in the wards and helping patients and families in the Oncology Unit.
Working in a variety of settings they provide a range of services from serving cups of tea to patients, being a friendly face and a comfort when people are afraid, to repairing and refurbishing hearing aids.
As well as helping others, volunteering also provides an opportunity to gain new skills and experience such as:
- work experience
- personal development
- learn from and be supported by staff
- increase your knowledge of health
- participate in a wider social life
- access relevant training
NHS Forth Valley can provide support and training for volunteers to ensure they get the help needed for the work that they do.
“The difference the role of a volunteer can make to a patient or family member is immeasurable. People volunteer for many different reasons but for whatever reason you volunteer, you provide support, skills, talents and abilities to give someone hope and strength and the courage to face another day.” – Professor Angela Wallace, Executive Nurse Director.
For more information about volunteering in NHS Forth Valley contact:
Phone: 01786 454736