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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.

In 2007 Billy was introduced to MediCinema and he has been volunteering twice a week every week for the past 11 yea...

In 2007 Billy was introduced to MediCinema and he has been volunteering twice a week every week for the past 11 years without fail unless he is on holiday or sick which is extremely rare!

He has clocked up in excess of 3500 hours, an incredible amount, showing complete dedication and a love of what he does.

So what does Billy do... in his role he is responsible for collecting patients in their beds, wheelchairs or on foot and bringing them to and from the cinema.

He sings to them, jokes with them, high fives them anything at all he can do to make them feel relaxed, at ease, considered and safe as they come off the wards, sometimes for the first time after their treatment.

The children are often scared and withdrawn but a little bit of time in Billy's company and they are giggling and relaxed and asking for him by name. He jokes with the parents and tries to lighten their load, he has been there so he knows how difficult times can be for them... he goes all out!

He has also through the years continued to help raise funds, not just for the children's service but to help support the adult screenings too, raising almost £4000. Most recently completing "the wee wander" at the recent kiltwalk in April this year.

Billy is definitely a unique character. A wonderful committed 80 year old man with an apparently hard exterior but who in reality has a heart of gold when it comes to the children and families he is working with.

Gary has volunteered every single Tuesday for the past three and a half years at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. He has...

Gary has volunteered every single Tuesday for the past three and a half years at the Royal Alexandra Hospital. He has unfailingly donated his time, generous support and a cheery smile to our patients, staff and volunteers on Ward 3 (medicine for the elderly).

He is an inspiration; he is cheerful, creative and enthusiastic and will do anything to support the hospital and initiatives that will benefit our patients. Gary has experienced ongoing significant health challenges but it does not deter him and his dedication is second to none.

Gary says he will “do anything to support the hospital”; he is always ready to help in any way that will benefit our patients.

As a key member of St Mirren Supporters Club, Gary has a keen interest in football and how sport can support reminiscence activities. He heard about the Football Memories Project that the Scottish Football Association run and, using his connections (and personality!), raised funds locally to support the development of a sports reminiscence box for the ward.

Gary helped establish the reminiscence sessions on Ward 3, the patients have benefited hugely from the events, which allowed them to share memories and have a welcome distraction from the ward.

On Christmas Day each year Gary dons a Father Christmas costume and visits each of the patients in our Care for the Elderly wards, even ensuring that he is able to get to the hospital despite an absence of public transport. He joked about the experience, “It was great but the Santa beard was roastin'!”

Scott is a Deaf BSL patient of NHSGGC and has been actively involved in the work that the Equality and Human Rights T...

Scott is a Deaf BSL patient of NHSGGC and has been actively involved in the work that the Equality and Human Rights Team are facilitating to improve access to services for Deaf BSL patients.

He has been very creative and positive in his volunteer work with us and has helped us develop our BSL Health Facebook page. He designed an information poster to highlight NHS staff responsibilities in providing communication support for BSL patients and to make patients aware of their equality rights - and that NHSGGC supports their rights.

As a deaf patient, Scott has had a number of healthcare experiences within our services. Many of these have been negative, due to our staff's lack of awareness of the support needs of BSL patients and their communication needs. However, Scott has continually used these experiences with a positive outlook to work with us to develop and improve our practice.

Scott is a very well known member of the BSL community in Glasgow and his positive attitude to supporting our engagement work with our deaf patients has been a genuine benefit to maintaining a positive relationship with this community.