Fantastic contribution of volunteers celebrated by NHS Borders

NHS Borders paid a special thank you to its volunteers following the achievement of the Volunteer Development Scotland Investing in Volunteers Award.

This is the UK Quality Standard that demonstrates the commitment to supporting and valuing volunteers. NHS Borders appreciates the time that volunteers give freely to enhance the services we provide to the people of the Borders.

Volunteers support the work of NHS Borders in a variety of different roles that include supporting the Chaplaincy Centre in providing bereavement counselling at the Borders General Hospital, running the Hospital Radio, helping out at the Cancer Centre, supporting the Healthy Living Network to promote positive health choices and working alongside staff in the Public Involvement Team to help shape NHS services.

Allyson McCollam, Joint Head of Health Improvement, NHS Borders said: “The Community Health Volunteers working in Healthy Living Network areas play an important role related to improving their communities and inspiring others to make healthy life choices. This has proved to be a great benefit to families and to the volunteers who have developed new skills. The generosity of volunteers in donating their time and energy helps to build stronger communities.”

The Public Partnership Forum is a group of volunteers who meet bi-monthly to provide a public perspective on NHS Borders and Scottish Borders Council planning, development and the provision of health and social care services.