Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland (Aberdeen & Grampian Services)

Charity registered in Scotland SC018761

Chest, heart and stroke conditions affect one in five people in Scotland and we know there’s so much more to be done to reach everyone who needs support. That’s why, as a values-driven organisation, we are striving to develop innovative solutions to the challenges people living with our conditions face. We want people living with our conditions to be able to live their life to the full, accessing the medical, rehabilitation and wellbeing support they need at the time and place they want. Through our campaigning work, we fight for their right to the services they need. We are using our entrepreneurial talents to generate income to develop new services using the latest technology. Our agile forward-thinking approach is creating health solutions that will improve lives and reduce the burden on our struggling NHS. CHSS is playing a major role in healthcare in Scotland, with aspirations to work collectively with local and national healthcare partners to do so much more. We are accountable to the people we support living with our conditions. That’s why we have embedded a people-driven, participative approach to work inclusively to identify our priorities.

Our vision: welcome to a Scotland where people with our conditions can live their lives well. Full lives, with the right support, at the right time and in the right place. A place where they can shape their future and live the life they want to lead.

Our mission: welcome to a community where people can support each other, secure the expert help they need and collectively advocate for the care that matters to them. Welcome to the charity that never underestimates the power of a cup of tea, a conversation started, a recovery begun. No Life Half Lived means we need to listen to people with our conditions and deliver well for them. We have identified four goals to get us there:
• We will place our focus on addressing the unmet needs of people with our conditions - social, emotional and physical - across all Scotland’s communities.
• We will be led by our people: people with lived experience of our conditions, their families and carers, friends, colleagues and healthcare professionals.
• We will secure the funding required to deliver via a diverse income portfolio that is consistent with our values and ethical approach
• We will be effective and accountable in all that we do

Everyone has the right to live life to the full. After a diagnosis of a chest or heart condition or a stroke, many people experience fear and isolation and struggle with the impact on their lives. CHSS won’t stand for that. The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to.

Current opportunities

Being a Collection Can Volunteer is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to the success of a leading health charity and make a real difference to the people we support. As a CHSS Collecting Can Volunteer, you will play a key role in sourcing new collecting can sites, helping to raise awareness and vital funds to ensure Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland continues to support people who are living with effects of stroke, chest and heart conditions in Scotland. Your role will include: * Placing CHSS charity collection cans in shops, local businesses, and community venues. * Regularly revisiting the sites where you have placed the collecting can, emptying the can and supporting the site holder with any queries or concerns. * Counting, banking and recording the income from your collecting cans. A fantastic opportunity to help and make a real difference. All volunteers are greatly appreciated. For more details please contact us at or visit our website at

Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland is Scotland’s health charity supporting people and their families across Scotland with chest, heart and stroke conditions. We want to make sure life living with a chest or heart condition or after a stroke is a life lived to the full. To help in this we are currently seeking people to volunteer with us as Community Support Services Volunteers. As a Community Support Services Volunteer you will support people who have had a stroke to develop autonomy and confidence in self-management, enabling them to fully engage with their community and activities of their choice. The service is delivered to provide specified person centred support for those with a communication difficulty and/or to support a specific physical or everyday task. The role includes: • providing specified support for the service user, this will be dependent upon their individual goal(s). • supporting with specific physical and/or everyday activities. • supporting with specific use of communication strategies. This may involve either one-to-one or small group support or a combination of both. To undertake your role you will be required to undertake membership of the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Adults) Scheme in Scotland (PVG) (there is no cost for this for volunteers). Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland will provide all necessary training, provide excellent ongoing support to all volunteers and all authorised out of pocket expenses will be reimbursed. For more details please contact us at or visit our website at

*Why we want you We believe everyone has the right to live life to the full following the diagnosis of a chest or heart condition, long covid, or a stroke. By volunteering with our Retail team, you can make a real difference to people in Scotland who are isolated, scared, or anxious about their condition. *What you will be doing • Approaching, telephoning, and emailing, shops, local businesses, and community venues and groups to ask for stock donations to be sold in the retail shops. • Building and maintaining strong relationships between donors, shop teams and drivers to arrange the collection and drop off of donations. • Thanking donors for their support. *The skills you need • Enjoy engaging with people • Happy and confident to approach people • Good organisational skills • Ability to keep accurate records *What is in it for you • Meet new people • Great experience with a major, recognised charity • Improve your own health and wellbeing • Learn and develop new skills • Make a real difference to the people Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland support • Use your skills and learn new ones • Expenses. Reasonable out of pocket expenses will be re-imbursed All help makes a real difference and is greatly appreciated. For more information/to apply please visit or email:

We believe everyone has the right to live life to the full following the diagnosis of a chest or heart condition, stroke or Long Covid. The care and support we deliver every day ensures everyone can live the life they want to. Across Scotland, we provide vital advice, information, and support through our No Life Half Lived strategy. Join our amazing team of Kindness Callers, who provide a listening ear to people who have had one of our conditions via a weekly telephone call to reduce the feeling of isolation and loneliness. For more details and to register your interest in volunteering please visit: or email the CHSS Volunteering Team at