Bliss Scotland

Over 6,000 babies are born premature or sick in Scotland every year. Bliss Scotland was established in 2009 to provide support to those babies and their families right across Scotland.

Bliss Scotland is part of Bliss, the UK’s leading charity for babies born premature or sick, and is registered with the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).

Why Bliss Scotland exists

Our vision

Bliss Scotland’s vision is that every baby born premature or sick in Scotland has the best chance of survival and quality of life.

Our mission

Bliss Scotland champions the right for every baby born premature or sick to receive the best care. We achieve this by empowering families, influencing policy and practice, and enabling life-changing research.

Lady Sarra Hoy - our ambassador for Scotland

Lady Sarra Hoy explains why she became an ambassador for Bliss Scotland.
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What we do

Empower families

Evidence shows that babies are more likely to thrive when their families are fully involved in their hospital care.

Bliss Scotland empowers families with the information and support they need to provide hands-on care and make decisions about their baby.

Influence policy and practice

Babies deserve the highest quality hospital care, however long they live or however long they spend in hospital.

Bliss Scotland works with doctors and nurses to improve care for babies and campaigns within government and NHS Scotland for investment and better standards for babies.

Enable life-changing research

Research has the power to change the lives of babies born premature or sick, giving them the best chance of survival and quality of life. Bliss Scotland supports vital neonatal research to make positive changes to the lives of babies now and for generations to come.

Who we are

Bliss Scotland Coordinator - Diane Waugh

Diane provides support to the 15 neonatal units in Scotland through regular visits and negotiating SLA’s (Service Level Agreements) with NHS Boards – this allows trained Bliss volunteers to provide information and support to families on the neonatal unit. Diane also sits on several NHS and third-party groups to represent parents by providing feedback on their experience of neonatal care.

You can contact Diane by emailing dianew@bliss.org.uk.

Bliss Scotland Volunteer Support Officer - Rosemary Anderson

Rosemary manages the recruitment, induction and ongoing support for Bliss Scotland support volunteers, ensuring volunteers are confident, well-supported and delivering high quality support services.

You can contact Rosemary by emailing volunteer@bliss.co.uk.

Her working hours are Monday to Thursday 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Bliss Scotland Fundraising Officer - Laura Anne Mackay

Laura Anne manages community and corporate fundraising events for Bliss Scotland. Get in touch with Laura Anne if you would like to be a Bliss Scotland community ambassador, take part in a fundraising event or host your own event to support Bliss Scotland.

You can contact Laura Anne by emailing events@bliss.org.uk.

Her working hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Bliss Scotland annual reports

Further information about our work in Scotland can be found in our annual reports.