National Volunteers Week runs 1-7 June 2019

Published: | Volunteering

1-7 June marks the 35th annual National Volunteers' Week, a celebration  across the UK of all the fantastic contributions volunteers make to their community.

Fiona Moss, Head of Health Improvement & Equalities, who Chairs Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership’s Volunteers Charter Group said:

“We received the Charter Mark from Volunteer Glasgow in 2018, this recognises our commitment to creating and expanding appropriate volunteering opportunities across our services.

“Volunteers' Week is a chance to celebrate and recognize the fantastic contribution our volunteers make to our organisation. The Partnership would like to thank them for their invaluable and diverse dedicated efforts in supporting the services we provide.”

Duncan Galbraith started volunteering for Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership, North West locality in 2017 and has now secured employment

Duncan said: “I started out volunteering with the Smoke Free Services (SFS), supporting SFS practitioners assisting people to quit smoking. This was only for two hours a week but it really helped my confidence and eased some of my social anxiety. I later moved to support staff in the Health Improvement Team in an administrative capacity. At first I was very nervous as it felt like a big leap from volunteering only two hours a week. However it was from here I was able to focus on my personal development and get involved in a number of other activities and duties.

“Before I knew it was providing peer support to new volunteers, something I would definitely not have seen myself doing when I started volunteering. During this time I was also able to take full advantage of the NHS training opportunities allowing me to gain new skills which would be useful for the type of job that I wanted to do.

“The emotional support that I received from the Volunteer Co-ordinator, Health Improvement Occupational Therapist and the team was invaluable I am now working full time and have my own tenancy. This is something I genuinely could not see myself doing 4 years ago.”

You can find out how to volunteer with us and read more volunteer testimonies at:

https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/working-with-us/volunteering/