Volunteers enhance our services and make a significant and valuable contribution to our work.  Volunteering with us will allow you to meet new people, gain new skills and share your skills, develop new interests and help to make a positive difference to patients, visitors and staff.

NHS Borders has a total of 231 people volunteering with us or going through the process to become a volunteer. These include specific volunteering roles there is a network of 43 volunteers who support our Public Partnership Forum, Public Reference Group and our BGH Participation Group.  

There is also a network of 20 people who form the Friends of the BGH, 6 Friends of Knoll, 6 Friends of Hawick Community Hospital and 6 Friends of Kelso Community Hospital who actively fundraise for the development of local services. 

At present we currently have 30 different volunteering roles. 

Examples of current volunteering roles:

  • Breastfeeding Peer Support Volunteer
  • Community Health Volunteer
  • Macmillan Centre Volunteer
  • Patient Experience Feedback Volunteer
  • Ward Visitors / Chaplaincy Volunteer
  • Volunteer Musician
  • Hospital Radio Volunteer

There are also a significant number of people that volunteer through organisations such as the Red Cross and RVS.