Tayside NHS and its volunteers came together last Thursday to mark National Volunteer Week and to celebrate awards success.
The health board was recently re-accredited with the Investing in Volunteers Award which is a national quality standard recognising good practice in organisations’ volunteer management and support.
The event provided an opportunity for NHS Tayside to showcase the wide range of volunteering roles and opportunities available.
NHS Tayside chairman Sandy Watson met with volunteers to discuss their experiences and also presented Investing in Volunteers Awards to volunteer managers from Angus, Dundee and Perth and Kinross.
He said: “Within NHS Tayside volunteers have, for many years, been providing a much valued and appreciated service carrying out a wide range of roles in a variety of healthcare and community settings across Tayside.
“The move towards the integration of adult health and social care will, I believe, further expand our current volunteering opportunities and further strengthen the relationships we have already developed with our volunteers and partner agencies.
“I am delighted to present these ‘Investing in Volunteers’ awards which highlight NHS Tayside’s continued commitment to volunteers ensuring that they are offered support and training to enable them to carry out their many roles.”
Across NHS Tayside there are over 900 volunteers working alongside staff on many hospital wards and helping to support self-management groups in local communities, complementing the way in which health services are delivered.
Mr Watson also chairs the National Group for Volunteering in NHSScotland which produced ‘Volunteering in NHS Scotland – a Handbook for Volunteering’.