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: firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning: 01275 854311
Enter and View authorised representative, represents Healthwatch at meetings and is a Prioritisation Panel member.
Enter and View authorised representative and Prioritisation Panel member with 7 years experience as a volunteer.
Represents Healthwatch at meetings such as the North Bristol Trust Patient Experience Group and Healthier Together Citizens Panel.
Prioritisation Panel member, Patient Participation Group member and involved in engagement work at Weston Hospital.
Provides feedback on project documents such as surveys and participates in the Investors in Volunteers quality standard work.
Chairs meetings of the North Somerset Patient Participation Group and participates in the Investors in Volunteers quality standard work.
Enter and View authorised representative, represents Healthwatch at meetings, is a Prioritisation Panel member and carries out public engagement/outreach.
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