Today marks the start of Volunteers Week 2022, and is an opportunity for us to recognise the huge contribution over 1,500 volunteers make to SCAS and to say a heartfelt “thank you”. Ever since I joined the SCAS Board in 2016, I have been very aware of the great contribution our volunteers make and never more so than in the last two years of the pandemic.
I would like to take this time to introduce you to some of our volunteering opportunities.
Many people are not aware that our Community First Responders (CFR) are actually volunteers. We are incredibly lucky to have so many of these volunteers across the SCAS area who provide essential care in the critical first stage of responding to patients with serious injuries or health challenges.
Our volunteer car drivers work alongside the Patient Transport Service ensuring that members of the public arrive to their hospital appointments in a timely manner and with a smile, and not forgetting our welfare volunteers who are a friendly face providing tea and coffee to the paramedics who are queuing at the Emergency departments at peak times. These contributions make a real difference and are much valued by the SCAS Board, and the staff and patients who benefit from them.
The SCAS Charity relies heavily on donations and our fundraising volunteers can be found placing and collecting charity tins at local venues, attending events or maybe carrying out a sponsored event themselves to ensure the Charity can continue to provide essential equipment for all our volunteers. This enables them to carry out their roles to a very high standard with the right support.
Over the next 7 days, we will be sharing more about our volunteers and the good work they do to support SCAS, but for now from myself and all those who sit on the SCAS Board, I would like to thank the volunteers for all the time, energy and commitment each and every one of them show to SCAS and SCAS Charity – Nigel Chapman, Non Exec Director