Roxana has volunteered with Healthwatch since 2020. She supported the Caring for Someone with Dementia Project through doing research and supporting at the listening event. She is a member of our Prioritisation Panel and is interested in the wider determinants of health, mental health and social care.
Jemma became a Healthwatch volunteer in 2020. She is a member of our Prioritisation Panel and has also supported Healthwatch in co-producing an Annual Health Check Checklist to support people with learning disabilities to keep well. Jemma has a particular focus on being a good advocate for people with disabilities.
Diana has been a volunteer from the inception of Healthwatch South Gloucestershire. She also volunteers with the National Autistic Society and her voluntary role focuses on sharing information between the two organisations.
Michael joined Healthwatch as a volunteer in 2021. He is a member of our Prioritisation Panel and South West Citizen’s Assembly. Michael has a particular interest in improving support for those with chronic conditions.
Kate joined us in January 2021 and volunteers on our Prioritisation Panel, looking at the public feedback we’ve received and deciding on what action we might need to take. Kate has a particular interest in helping people who use services to get their voices heard to help create innovative solutions to the challenges facing health and social care.
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