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Volunteers supporting NHS patients

For 13 years our Volunteer Hub at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital has been improving the lives of in-patients.

Volunteering helps patients build self-esteem, structure, routine and gives them a sense of purpose. We work closely with the occupational therapy services to support patients to engage in volunteering activity in the hospital as a stepping stone back into the community.

In an article by Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Charlotte who is one of our volunteers shares her experiences of supporting patients before, during and after lockdown.

I like the role as it gives me a purpose during lockdown. It has given me a focus and makes me feel like I’m doing something to help people who aren’t as fortunate as me. I really feel for the patients who don’t have much freedom at all at the moment, which is obviously really difficult for them. There is a team of us who do it and everyone is really supportive. I find it really worthwhile.

You can read the full article here.