NHS seek to recruit more volunteers to join team of over 200

NHS Dumfries and Galloway is seeking to recruit more volunteers to join a team of over 200 people already providing a valued and respected service at hospitals throughout the region.

On Monday in Stranraer and Wednesday in Kirkconnel and Sanquhar, there will be sessions where you can find out more about ward volunteers for the hospitals in Stranraer, Thornhill and DGRI.

NHS Dumfries and Galloway volunteers will be available if anyone would like to hear directly about their individual experience in the role.

Margaret McGroggan, Volunteer Co-ordinator for NHS Dumfries and Galloway, said: “We are delighted to be out and about in the region recruiting again, especially with a focus on volunteers for rural community hospitals.

“People take up the role of volunteer for a whole host of reasons including gaining valuable experience, improving employability prospects, socialising/meeting new people, bringing structure to the week and being active. For some it’s a way building up or regaining confidence and for some it’s very simply about doing good for others.”

Caroline Cooksey, Workforce Director for NHS Dumfries and Galloway, added: “Volunteers are greatly valued by our staff across the organisation for their commitment and dedication to making the experience for patients, relatives and carers in a healthcare setting the best it can be. In addition, they show care and concern for staff which often comes as a welcome surprise and is always greatly appreciated.

“For anyone considering taking up a volunteering role it is important to know we are committed to ensuring our volunteers are looked after and feel valued, and that they will be provided the opportunity to learn new skills and take up training wherever possible.”

If you are interested but can’t attend a session, please email dg.volunteering@nhs.net or telephone 01387 246246.

On Monday, the session will be in The Galloway Community Hospital at 11.30am – refreshments provided.

On Wednesday at 10.30am a session will be held at The Cabin in Kirkconnel and then at 2pm at A’ The Airts in Sanquhar. Refreshments will be provided at both.