An event to celebrate the work of volunteers and recognise organisations who have committed a pledge to create and expand volunteering opportunity has seen NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) receive the Glasgow’s Volunteering Charter Mark.
The event, which was held at the Royal Concert Hall, presented NHSGGC Chairman, John Brown, with the Charter, which is a new, strategic framework enabling organisations to involve more people who can support their work with time, energy, and skills as volunteers.
As a Charter signatory, NHSGGC has committed to a pledge to create and expand appropriate opportunities for volunteering within our organisation. This will enable more patients to benefit from the unique contribution that volunteers make to the NHS.
John Brown said: “We are delighted to be amongst one of the first organisations to receive the Glasgow’s Volunteering Charter Mark.
“As an organisation, we want to make sure the patient is at the very centre of everything we do and that they receive the best healthcare possible. Volunteering helps us in so many ways to meet our commitment to our patients.”
A further surprise on the night was for the volunteer Welcome Guide team at the new Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) who won the award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in the Ally Inspire Awards.
The team has rapidly become one of the most successful volunteering programmes with over 100 volunteers. They are on hand in the main atrium of the hospital from 8.45am to 5.00pm and offer a friendly welcome to help ease any concerns that patients and visitors have about finding their appointment.
Margaret McGuire, Nurse Director added: “I am delighted that the team at the QEUH won ‘Best Newcomer’ for their work at the hospital.
“All our volunteers make a magnificent contribution to the patient and carer’s experience with their time and skills.”
If you would like to find out more about volunteering please contact: [email protected]
Notes to Editors
We are recognising the contribution of the nine nominee organisations shortlisted for the Awards, sharing their stories and aiming to inspire many other organisations across the public, private and third sectors to create more quality, inclusive volunteering opportunities.
The event is scheduled at the start of the UK’s Volunteers’ Week, and is supported by a wide range of partner organisations and individuals including Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, and Scottish Government.
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Pic: Some of the Welcome team from QEUH celebrate winning their 'Ally Inspire' award on the night.