Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (Western Isles)

Charity registered in Scotland SC018761

Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland (CHSS) aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by chest, heart and stroke illness in Scotland. The organisation funds medical research and provides a range of support services for people in the community.

We rely on a team of over 1000 volunteers across Scotland to help deliver services to people who have suffered a stroke or Heart Failure and help to raise the funds needed.

Current opportunities

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (CHSS) improves the quality of life for people in Scotland affected by chest, heart and stroke illness, through medical research, influencing public policy, advice and information, and support in the community. Volunteers are a vital part of CHSS. Without the dedicated support from volunteers none of their work would be possible. They offer a range of services throughout Scotland, including support for families and other carers. They fund all of this through their own efforts. Joining the befriending service is an opportunity to undertake a satisfying and rewarding role visiting clients in their homes and supporting access to services and activities. This enormously helps to reduce the social isolation and loneliness which is experienced by so many people after a diagnosis of heart failure. Activities might include going out shopping, taking the clilent out for some short exercise, for a cup of tea, or to just visit them at home. Chest Heart and Stroke are looking for volunteers that are friendly, outgoing and empathetic to help take on this vital role.

In the light of the Corona virus pandemic, that affects each and every one of us in Scotland, Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland Western Isles are looking to urgently recruit volunteers to support those living with either Cardiac, Stroke or Respiratory Conditions in our community. Would you have an hour or two to spare to contact people within our community, who are isolated, socially disconnected and living with our conditions? Please get in touch. Normal applications (by email only) and PVG applications still apply. Training in our conditions, particularly with regard to Respiratory conditions will apply. This training will be accessible soon and can be done online. We are a great community and the most vulnerable in our islands need our help more than ever.

Community Support Volunteer – Western Isles Chest Heart and Stroke, Scotland, Western Isles is looking for volunteers to support their service users. Volunteers are vital to the service – can you help? This role is currently phone based due to COVID. We have a range of volunteer roles such as communication, administration and helping to organise activities to give support to those who are living with Chest Heart or Stroke Conditions. We will provide volunteer training for these roles, including communication support, providing accessible information and creating a safe and stimulating environment. Volunteering hours are flexible and through providing one to one support, will enable people to resume activities in a hospital environment and / or within their own home or their local community. You will be provided with full training and the post is subject to PVG Disclosure.