To grow our influence

As a provider of specialist care, we are uniquely placed to understand the issues and challenges for people who are approaching the end of their lives and those who are living with a neurological condition.

We work with and for the people we support, and other people affected, to ensure their voices are heard.

In 2016–17, we’ve:

  • Launched our Rewrite the Future campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the inequalities in neurological care in Scotland, and ensure people have access to the treatment and support they need. We asked candidates standing in the Scottish Parliament elections in May 2016 to pledge their support to our campaign and 51 signed our pledge. Scotland’s clinical standards for neurological care are now being revised, with Sue Ryder represented on the group leading the project. We recently published our Rewrite the Future report for 2017.

  • Maintained our engagement with key alliances, coalitions and other charities. This included the submission of a joint paper with Hospice UK and Marie Curie on palliative care indicators to the Scotland-wide review of health and social care targets. Our Policy and Public Affairs Manager for England, Duncan Lugton, was also elected to the position of vice chair of the Neurological Alliance’s policy steering group, reflecting the continued strength of our networks in neurological policy.

  • Continued to develop our volunteer workforce, whose time, effort and skills continue to play a vital role in the delivery of our hospice and neurological care. We have over 11,000 volunteers, contributing an amazing £28.9m of value to our work – and that’s not counting their priceless care and compassion. We’re also the largest recruiter of volunteers serving prison and community service sentences, helping offenders to rehabilitate and reintegrate in society. Last year, 238 of our shops had an active prison or community service volunteer, and these volunteers contribute over £1.7m to the charity.

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