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Others ways to get involved-health   

There are many ways to be an active citizen in the area of health, each involving different levels of skills, commitment and responsibility.

On this page:

The voluntary health sector
The NHS

This section is divided into two main parts:

  • The voluntary health sector
  • The NHS

    Each gives a brief introduction to some of the volunteer roles that are available in this area.

    The voluntary health sector

    There are many ways to become involved with the voluntary health sector.

    You could get involved with:

  • British Red Cross - you can volunteer in a number of ways with the British Red Cross depending on your interests. They can help you to identify the opportunities that are best for you and will provide training and support.

    Alexandra House
    204 Bath Street
    Glasgow
    G2 4HL

    tel: 0141 332 9591
    web: www.redcross.org.uk

  • Macmillan Cancer Relief - Macmillan Cancer Relief has about 70,000 volunteers working all over the UK, and offer a wide range of volunteering opportunities.

    Osborne House
    1 – 5 Osborne Terrace
    Edinburgh
    EH12 5HG

    tel: 0131 346 5346
    email: jsimpson@macmillan.org.uk
    web: www.macmillan.org.uk

  • Buddying for people living with HIV - buddies are trained volunteers who provide social, practical and emotional support to people living with HIV.

    Waverley Care Buddy Service
    113 Oxgangs Road North
    Edinburgh
    EH14 1EB

    email: buddy@waverleycare.org
    web: www.waverleycare.org/buddy.htm

    Grampian Buddy Group
    P O Box 353
    Aberdeen
    AB9 8DD

    Or

    Department of GU Medicine
    Woolmanhill
    Old Infirmary Building
    Aberdeen
    AB25 1LD

    tel: 01224 681 818 ext 55486
    web: www.grampianbuddygroup.org

    PHACE Scotland
    49 Bath Street
    Glasgow
    G2 2DL

    tel: 0141 332 3838
    web: www.phacescotland.org

  • Volunteering with mental health organisations - many mental health organisations provide excellent opportunities for people who are interested in supporting people with mental health issues.

    Mental Health Aberdeen
    Central Office
    8 Alford Place
    Aberdeen
    AB10 1YB

    tel: 01224 590510
    email: centraloffice@mhaberdeen.org
    web: www.mhaberdeen.org

    Perth Association for Mental Health
    Caladh Centre
    6 Milne Street
    Perth
    PH1 5QL

    tel: 01738 639657
    web: www.pamh.ndirect.co.uk

    Penumbra
    Norton Park
    57 Albion Road
    Edinburgh
    EH7 5QY

    tel: 0131 475 2380
    web: www.penumbra.org.uk

    Alzheimer Scotland
    22 Drumsheugh Gardens
    Edinburgh
    EH3 7RN

    tel: 0131 243 1453
    email: alzheimer@alzscot.org
    web: www.alzscot.org.uk

    Glasgow Association for Mental Health
    St Andrew’s by the Green
    33 Turnbull Street
    Glasgow
    G1 5PR

    tel: 0141 552 5592
    email: info@gamh.org.uk

    Health in Mind
    40 Shandwick Place
    Edinburgh
    EH2 4RT

    tel: 0131 225 8508
    email: info@health-in-mind.org.uk
    web: www.health-in-mind.co.uk

  • Volunteering with LGBT-specific (or LGBT-related) health projects - there are several organisations that provide health related services to LGBT people, and the majority of them rely on volunteers to fulfil aspects of their services.

    Click on the links below for contact details.

    Gay Men's Health
    Tayside Gay Men's Health
    Phace Scotland
    LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing

  • Community Health Projects - there are hundreds of community health projects across Scotland, focussing on a diverse range of issues from alcohol, cancer and social exclusion. Many of these projects offer excellent opportunities to volunteers.

    For information about community health projects in your area, visit the HEBS website and search their database of organisations.

    web: www.hebs.scot.nhs.uk
     

    The NHS

    The National Health Service has a long history of volunteering. The breadth of volunteer opportunities within the NHS is diverse, although the majority of opportunities are in hospitals, hospices and day-care centres.

  • Hospices, hospitals and day centres rely on volunteers and offer a wide range of opportunities.

    Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS
    18 Hanover Street
    Edinburgh
    EH2 2EN

    tel: 0131 226 4933
    web: www.chas.org.uk

    Scottish Association of Leagues of Hospital Friends
    37 Merchant Street
    Peterhead
    Aberdeenshire
    AB42 1DU

    tel: 01779 474424

    Playwell Project
    YWCA Scottish National Council HQ
    7B Randolph Crescent
    Edinburgh
    EH3 7TH

    tel: 0131 225 7592

  • Having your say and improving the NHS

    NHS Boards
    There are 15 NHS Boards in Scotland, each responsible for strategic planning and performance management of their region.

    NHS Boards, or Health Boards as they are also known, have both Executive and non-Executive members. Non-Executive members are “lay people”, or members of the public, who are invited to sit on the Board by the Scottish Executive. Executive members are all senior managers within the NHS.

    Vacancies are widely advertised.

    Health Councils
    Every Health Board area in Scotland has a Health Council. Health Councils are volunteer led organisations whose aim is to promote public consultation and participation in health related matters and represent patient/public interest within the NHS. Members of the Health Council must live or work in the area.

    NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
    NHS Quality Improvement Scotland was set up in January 2003. Their aim is to improve the quality of healthcare in Scotland. Part of their work involves setting standards and quality indicators for health services and visiting Trusts throughout NHS Scotland to measure their performance against these standards.

    Visits to Trusts are carried out by health care professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists etc) and members of the public working together in review teams. Two members of every review team are “lay reviewers”, i.e. members of the public who are not healthcare professionals. These lay reviewers play a vital role on review teams, bringing with them new insights and helping the team to look at how things are done from a lay persons point of view.

    Almost anyone can become a lay reviewer, however, they cannot accept applications from people who have worked for the NHS in the last 5 years.

    Public Involvement Team
    NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
    Elliot House
    8 – 10 Hillside Crescent
    Edinburgh
    EH7 5EA

    tel: 0131 623 4291
    web: www.nhshealthquality.org

  • Other ways to get involved

    Hospital Radio
    - there are approximately 11,000 volunteers across the UK working on hospital radio entertaining patients. The majority of volunteers are organised by the Hospital Broadcasting Association.

    tel: 0870 765 9608
    email: scotland@hbauk.com
    web: www.hbauk.com

    Therapet Scheme - the Therapet Scheme recruits volunteers to go with their dogs to provide comfort and cheer to older people, children and people experiencing ill-health in homes, hospitals and hospices.

    Canine Concern Scotland Trust
    Minard House
    Machrihanish,
    By Campbeltown
    Argyll and Bute
    PA28 6PZ

    tel: 01586 810 123
    email: admin@ccst.freeserve.co.uk
    web: www.ccst.freeserve.co.uk
     

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