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Volunteer Story – Diane Rayner

Diane Rayner, 62, lives in Aberdeen. A former paediatric nurse, she signed up to become a volunteer with Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland but suffered a stroke just as she was about to take up the role. Three years on, Diane is celebrating both her recovery and a year as an admin volunteer with the charity.

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Volunteer Story – Alan Boe

Alan has now been a volunteer with CHAS for almost 20 years!
One of his most memorable experiences was when he volunteered to collect cans from the Heriot Watt University shop. Through their efforts, the university shop raised a remarkable £10,000 for CHAS. Alan has certainly counted a lot of cash!

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Volunteer Story – Jocelyn

Jocelyn has been playing the hospice piano in Edinburgh since 2019 and was formerly a teacher at a school in Edinburgh. When the pandemic hit and we had to ask our volunteers not to attend the hospices, she asked if there was anything else she would be able to do while unable to carry out her role.

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Volunteer Story – Laura Chen

Laura Chen, 37, is a retail volunteer at Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland’s Partick store. Laura began volunteering as a way to meet people in Glasgow after moving back to the city. Now almost two years on she’s discovered a whole new charity family.

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Volunteer Story – Milly

Milly was awarded a British Empire Medal last year in recognition of the support she has provided throughout her life to marginalised communities and people in need.

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Volunteer Story – Svita Chernetska

Svita Chernetska, a fashion stylist, buyer and boutique owner in her native Ukraine found her perfect volunteering role as a retail volunteer in Chest, Heart & Stroke Scotland’s charity boutique in Bothwell. She shares why giving back to the community is so important to her.

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Scottish Household Survey – 2021 Results

The SHS results for 2021 were published Tuesday 25 April 2023. Only formal volunteering is reported on odd-numbered years.
The SHS Team has cautioned against comparing their 2021 data with previous years due to changes in the research method, and representativeness of the sample.

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Open Letter to next FM to prioritise volunteering

In this open letter to the three SNP leadership candidates, we reflect on the vital role of volunteering in achieving key Scottish Government priorties. We ask each candidate to prioritise volunteering if they are successful in becoming the SNP leader and our next First Minister.

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