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Meet the Volunteering Team

Liz Head of Volunteering at CHSS

Liz has worked in the volunteering sector for over 15 years.

She says: “Volunteering brings people together to tackle some of the major challenges we face including health and wellbeing and loneliness and isolation. It’s fantastic to be a part of this powerful movement.”

“I am committed to making sure that everyone has a great experience volunteering with us and that our volunteers feel safe, supported and empowered to become ambassadors for Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in their communities.”

Jess Volunteering Development Lead (Learning & Development)

Jess has just started at CHSS in October 2022 as the new Volunteering Development Lead (Learning & Development). Jess previously worked at Princess Trust where she redesigned volunteer learning content and delivery, managed volunteer activity, and oversaw program delivery.

Jess will lead on all aspects of our learning and development offer – both for our volunteers and our staff who line manager volunteers across CHSS.

Jess will be working on projects to ensure our volunteers and volunteer line managers have the skills, knowledge and development opportunities to thrive in their role – whether that’s through e-learning, in-person training or more informal avenues of support.

Rona Volunteering Development Lead (Systems & Standards)

Rona has been with CHSS since 2015 – all of which she has spent in Volunteering. She began work here as an administrator and now holds the role of Volunteering Development Lead (Systems & Standards). Rona is at heart of the implementation of our new Volunteer Management System to replace our current volunteer database & volunteer portal and will also take the lead on our 5th Reaccreditation of the Investing in Volunteers Award.

Ruth Volunteering Development Lead (Engagement)

Ruth has been with CHSS since 2019 and the main part of her job is to retain, celebrate, engage and recognise all our wonderful volunteers across Scotland.

During her time at CHSS she was heavily involved with CHSS kindness programme, where she recruited and line managed volunteers who delivered our services by making calls, doing shopping, dog walking and picking up prescriptions.

After lockdown, as we started to open up again, she supported teams to recruit volunteers for our shops, services and fundraising.

Now Ruth has moved into the role Volunteering Development Lead (Engagement), which involves planning events, projects and makes sure we recognise all volunteers through our newsletters, social media, website, events and saying thank you.

Liz Services Volunteering Delivery Manager

Liz joined CHSS in June 2022, bringing with her 8 years’ experience in the voluntary sector supporting volunteers and unpaid carers.

Liz says “Since joining the organisation, I have been blown away by the tremendous importance placed on volunteer contributions throughout CHSS. I am looking forward to embedding volunteering further within services, ensuring volunteering is made accessible for all. I strongly believe volunteers are the heart of our organisation and look forward to supporting them across the services team.”

Laura Volunteer Recruitment Officer

Laura recently moved to the Volunteering Team from Retail, where she spent nine years working directly with volunteers as Assistant Shop Manager at the Davidson’s Mains Boutique. She now holds the role of Volunteer Recruitment Officer and is looking forward to using her experience and enthusiasm to drive volunteer recruitment across Chest Heart and Stroke Scotland.

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