NHS Ayrshire & Arran is proud to invest in its volunteers and promotes the benefits of their valuable contribution throughout its hospitals and communities. Our volunteers bring a wealth of skills, knowledge and experience – who all make such a difference to patients, their families and staff. Why volunteer? Volunteering offers many benefits and opportunities for the people who participate. Volunteers extend and enhance our services and make a significant and valuable contribution to our work. You can volunteer in a range of settings which provide flexible and creative ways of involving volunteers, allowing service users, volunteers and staff to work together within a safe and accountable framework.
What do volunteers do? Volunteers provide support to our service users, which is additional to and different from the work of paid staff. We do not regard volunteers as a substitute for staff, but rather see their contribution as complimentary to existing services. Volunteers enable us to develop different types of relationships and opportunities and to enable users to experience things that staff would not necessarily be able to provide. Volunteers are a valuable and respected resource within the health service. They work closely with staff to ensure people receive quality do not regard volunteers.