Volunteer Week: Retired volunteers at Vale of Leven Hospital to ‘help others’

A selfless retired diner from Renton helps bring joy to the services at Vale of Leven Hospital.

Margaret Owen spoke of the joy she derives from volunteering at the Vale in an effort to involve more people.

The 70-year-old started volunteering at the Vale at the start of the year, helping with the tea cart to ensure that aged care patients receive a cup of tea and blether which they need it so much.

Speaking for Volunteer Week, Margaret explained: “As I was going to have a bit more free time, I wanted to do something to help others and thought it would be good to give back to the community. in one way or another.

“I knew the hospital very well so I got involved in my role in the services for the elderly.”

Over the past year, an army of volunteers have clocked up 47,500 hours at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde hospital sites.

They took part in tasks as varied as improving gardens and green spaces, managing staff rest and relaxation centers and supporting teams in rehabilitation work with patients.

Margaret has a busy schedule and when she’s not volunteering at the Vale every Tuesday, she has a part-time job and also volunteers at a local food bank cafe, while spending valuable time with his grandchildren.

However, she loves the role, adding, “I enjoy interacting with staff and patients.

“The staff work so hard and they are so grateful for a bit of support, everyone is so friendly.

“Volunteering in the wards can be a little daunting, although I knew the ward, volunteering has given me a much greater awareness of the environment and I feel like I am able to understand our elderly patients a little better and their needs.

“I feel like I can help and make a small difference for staff and patients.”

Head of Volunteers Harry Balch said: “Margaret is an absolute star, committed to giving something back.

“Like all of our volunteers, the energy, commitment and enthusiasm shown is nothing short of inspiring.”

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