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Volunteer

Volunteer

Recognising members of the public/staff who provide outstanding help and support through volunteering.  People who go that extra mile, contributing tirelessly for the benefit of others.

    Eighty year old Ian Murray became a ‘motivator’ 12 years ago and has ranked up more than 1500 hours of volunteer...

   

Eighty year old Ian Murray became a ‘motivator’ 12 years ago and has ranked up more than 1500 hours of volunteering for NHSGGC.

Ian had a heart attacked in 2005 and following his cardiac rehab programme had a gym induction at Eastwood Leisure Centre. He recalls how daunting it was to show up at a gym having just had a heart attack and so now he gives up his time, giving back, to those who need his help getting settled into their healthier lifestyle!

Ian’s role is to make people feel at ease during their gym session, chatting to them, reminding them how to turn on and off equipment, finding their programme cards and even remembering which exercises are which.

He does so with laughter and good cheer making the gym a very welcoming place to be.

Ian is a great example of someone who has overcome adversity and is now living a fitter and healthier lifestyle. He is a role model for Live Active and takes his role very seriously.

He goes over and above for clients, never misses a session and even turns up sometimes when the instructors have a day off, just in case someone arrives in error!

Ian has a star quality that few possess, with such a warm engaging personality, he lights up the gym with his presence. His personality spans all age groups, he can relate so well to young people who are struggling with mental health or disability as well as older adults with long term conditions.

Ian emulated what it is to be a volunteer – friendly, sincere, kind, dedicated and full of fun!

Patients can spend a long time in hospital following a spinal cord injury, around five months on average in Scotlan...

Patients can spend a long time in hospital following a spinal cord injury, around five months on average in Scotland. This can be a very difficult time for patients and their family and friends.

Designed by acclaimed garden designer, James Alexander-Sinclair, Scotland’s Horatio’s Garden has transformed the view for patients from the wards and communal rooms to something which is life-affirming to look out on to. The planting encourages birds, butterflies and bees, adding a dimension of interest for patients who can be on bed rest for weeks.

The stunning courtyard garden has become the heart of the spinal unit giving an oasis of calm in the clinical environment. This is an uplifting space, brimming with colour and life. There are sheltered areas so patients and their visitors can use the garden during bad weather.

There is a therapy garden with a greenhouse for patients to grow vegetables and plants and a play area for patients’ children to go to during long visits.

There has been much evidence that gardens and gardening have a positive effect on a person’s physical, mental and emotional well being. Having an inspiring outdoor haven is particularly crucial for people impacted by spinal injuries.

Aside from a highly skilled and committed head gardener, the garden relies on a fantastic team of volunteers, including some staff, who help care for the planting and organise events in the garden.

At almost 90 years old, Mary has volunteered for over 20 years running a weekly lunch club at Hunterhill Community ...

At almost 90 years old, Mary has volunteered for over 20 years running a weekly lunch club at Hunterhill Community Centre for older people!

Mary is supposed by the environmental services with regards to the meal but otherwise she runs this club single handed.

She arranges events like bingo and day trips to the theatre and seaside.

Despite suffering some health problems herself and her husband has been ill recently yet Mary continues to be dedicated to the club still running it weekly.

She said: “I enjoy running the club, it’s just down the road from where I live and gives me something to do. We have great fun and enjoy our different trips out.”

Mary is truly an inspiration!