Liz Nicol with volunteers

 

Volunteers have played a valuable role in healthcare for many years. Formal development of volunteering in the NHS in Scotland can be traced back to 1970 and the recognition of ‘voluntary services’ in hospitals.

Nowadays, there are an estimated 6500 volunteers supporting the work of the NHS throughout Scotland.

Volunteering has many benefits – from improving the experience or health of patients and service users to the beneficial impact on the volunteers themselves.

Here in Fife hundreds of volunteers regularly give up their time to support patients and staff. From teenagers to older people, our volunteers come from all walks of life.

Roles are diverse and include:

  • Meet and greeters at the hospital front doors
  • Chatting to patients and making tea
  • Peer supporters to new mothers who are breastfeeding
  • Play volunteers supporting children in hospital
  • Volunteer drivers
  • Therapet owners
  • Complimentary therapists

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) also plays an important role in our hospitals through the RVS cafes and trolley service.

Every volunteer’s work plays an important part in patient wellbeing. For more information on volunteering or to start your volunteering journey, visit www.nhsfife.org/volunteering

Our volunteers do an amazing job. But not all of them are human... 

Meet Zita, our three-legged therapet at the Victoria Hospice. Sadly, Zita had to have one of her legs removed after a bout with cancer, but she still visits patients in the hospice every Thursday.

 

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