Tricia has volunteered with Healthwatch since 2013. She is a trained Enter and View authorised representative and is experienced in undertaking Enter & View visits. Tricia is a member of the Prioritisation Panel and represents Healthwatch at the South West Citizens' Assembly and Sirona People’s Council.
John joined Healthwatch in 2014. He is a Governor at University Hospital Bristol and Weston and represents Healthwatch at the North Bristol Trust Patient Experience Group meetings and the Musculoskeletal Users/Carers Partnership and Board. John is an active member of the Sirona People’s Council and a volunteer mentor/supervisor.
Jan joined Healthwatch in November 2020 and is already actively involved. She represents Healthwatch at the Community Mental Health Framework workstream - Woodspring Integrated Group and the Prioritisation Panel. Jan also participated in the Quantock Ward transformation project at Weston General Hospital.
Amel re-joined Healthwatch in March 2021 following an 18 month break when she was out of the country. She provides feedback on documents such as surveys and is currently attending Patient and Public Involvement Forum (PPIF) meetings in readiness for starting her volunteer role of Chair of the North Somerset PPIF.
Terry became a volunteer in November 2018 having previously volunteered as a school governor. He chairs the meetings of the North Somerset Patient Participation Group and works with the North Somerset Area Lead to write a newsletter for the group. He is interested in improving public services locally and nationally.
Jill became a volunteer in July 2019. She has been involved in community outreach work and supporting with projects. Jill is a trained Enter and View authorised representative, represents Healthwatch at the University Hospital Bristol and Weston Patient Experience Group meetings and regularly shares information with Healthwatch staff to support them in their roles.
Caroline joined Healthwatch in August 2020 having been involved in the Graham Road Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG) which sparked her interest. Since joining as a volunteer Caroline has been involved in the North Somerset Mental Health Survey and proof reading Healthwatch reports.
Karen began her career as a Social Worker before moving into the voluntary sector, ending her working life as CEO of a carers' charity. She has been an active volunteer throughout her life in a wide variety of roles from leading ponies with Riding for the Disabled, registering Shropshire Geology Society as a charity and chairing Age UK Hertfordshire. Karen is currently Chair of Hours of Human Happiness, a charity working to reduce poverty in Uganda, a support volunteer with Victim Support and a telephone befriender with Deafblind UK.
Shaun is retired and likes to devote his time into areas where he can help improve local health, care and housing services. He has worked for a number of local authorities and housing associations over the last 42 years, as well as volunteering for various not-for-profit organisations.
Volunteering with Healthwatch
Why do we need you?
The more information we gather, the more influence we have over shaping how health and social care develops to meet the needs of the community. Volunteers act as the eyes and ears of local people, raising issues of concern.
What do our volunteers do?
There are a number of opportunities available. You can be involved as much as you choose, but we do ask for an initial commitment of 3 months. Training will be provided and reasonable travel expenses paid. The roles currently being offered are:
- Community Outreach – talk to local people about our services and record feedback
- Healthwatch Representative – represent us on health and social care related boards and meetings hosted by other organisations
- Enter and View – visit, observe and report back on services (group work)
- Office Support – administrative support
Who can volunteer?
We welcome applications from local people aged 18+. You will have a willingness to listen and talk to a range of people. A non-judgemental attitude and an understanding of issues of confidentiality are essential. We need people who can confidently represent our role in the community. You will be able to communicate clearly in feeding back any information you gather.
We are committed to following safeguarding guidelines for both children and vulnerable adults and will provide training in this area where appropriate. All of our volunteers will be asked to undergo a DBS check which is at no cost to yourself as part of the application process.
It’s a chance to meet new people and become more involved in your community. You will learn new skills and gain experience that could be a stepping stone into employment or training opportunities.
Find out more
If you're interested in joining us as a volunteer and would like more information or an application form, please get in touch with Volunteer Co-ordinator Julia Senior-Smith by emailing: email@example.com or phoning: 07517 426694