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This Volunteers’ Week (June 1st – 7th) we are saying an extra special thank you to all our volunteers at Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland.
Over 8,000 volunteers offer their skills, care and time so that people across Scotland can do more than just survive with a chest or heart condition, or following a stroke.
Whether helping to raise income, increasing awareness, or offering direct support to those in need, all our volunteers play a vital role.
It is thanks to your support that people are able to live their lives to the full.
Stroke survivor Troy has a message for our volunteers.
“It is a very rewarding experience volunteering with CHSS”
“It is a very rewarding experience volunteering with CHSS; it is a good feeling to know that you might be making someone else’s day a bit brighter. I look forward to my weekly chats with the ladies I assist. I hope that they enjoy the social aspects of our calls and that it gives them a safe space to practice their speech. It also gives me a better understanding of the challenges that might face someone affected by stroke.”
“I feel it’s a gift to be part of something like this.”
“Knowing my clients are waiting for my call and are looking forward to a lovely uplifting chat makes me feel so good – I feel it’s a gift to be part of something like this. Helping others in these strange, worrying and trying times has lifted my own spirits up in more ways than I could have hoped. I don’t think anyone who helps others would ever be disappointed in taking that first step to help. It’s so rewarding.”
“It has brought me out of my shell and given me confidence.”
“What I’ve enjoyed most is seeing people who have had a stroke start to improve. I only usually see them in the group for eight to 10 weeks, but I see their recovery in that time. It’s so great to see their enthusiasm and to see them recovering something of themselves. I said before volunteering that I’m not the type to start a conversation with strangers but now I quite enjoy it. Going to the meetings and volunteering as a driver has brought me out of my shell and given me confidence.”