Children and Young Person’s Volunteer.



Purpose of the Role. Healthwatch aims to improve local Health and Social Care services,provided to young people (aged 16 to 25) by using their views and experiences, to give them a voice and allow them,to have a say in the design and delivery of local services.   A Children and Young Person’s Volunteer will engage with young people,on their terms and help identify their needs. They will encourage young people,to influence local Health and Social Care services by having the confidence,to speak to Healthwatch about the types of activities and services they need,as well as what good practices take place,and any improvements that need to be made in the services they currently use.   We do encourage Children and Young Person’s Volunteers to also become Enter and View Ambassadors,in order to gain the most experience from volunteering with Healthwatch. More information regarding this role,can be found here.   Key Tasks.
  • Assist in promoting Healthwatch by taking part in engagement events,aimed at young people, at volunteer fayres and other events as needed.
  • Assist with the continual development of our survey,to meet the views and needs of young people.
  • Engage with young people and enable their voice to be heard,by recording their experiences through our survey.
  • Promote the Healthwatch Newsletter and encourage young people,to receive updates of Healthwatch’s activities,through social media platforms.
  • Identify opportunities where Healthwatch can become involved with,young person and seldom groups and promote our mission.
  • Identify local and national news in relation to,Health and Social Care services and bring them to the attention of Healthwatch.
  • Ensure that Healthwatch promotional material is maintained,and readily available within the local community (eg. GP and Dentist surgeries, Pharmacies and so on)
  • Undertake training appropriate to the role.
Personal Attributes. You do not need any specific experience or knowledge to volunteer with Healthwatch. Instead we ask that our volunteers can demonstrate the following attributes:
  • Good interpersonal skills, demonstrating active listening and an open minded, non-judgemental attitude.
  • Be approachable and confident when engaging with individuals,from a range of backgrounds,and have a commitment to promoting Equality and Diversity.
  • Be respectful, compassionate and supportive of and towards others.
  • Be proactive in protecting personal data,and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Have an interest in Health and Social Care,and be passionate about making a difference to the lives of others.
  • Able to work as part of a team and on own initiative.
  • Good written communication skills,including the ability to take notes and write up conversations.
Availability. Volunteering opportunities with Healthwatch, for the most part, will be provided Monday to Friday within office hours. There may be occasions however,where volunteering opportunities are offered outside of these times.   There is no time commitment when volunteering with Healthwatch. You are able to choose as and when you volunteer,but we recommend a minimum of five hours volunteering per month,in order to gain the most experience from the role.   Location. There is no set location for this role, any events that a Children and Young Person’s Volunteer,would be involved with can take place anywhere across the area,however you will be informed when,and where they are taking place and,can choose which events you want to be involved with.   Disclosure and Barring Service. You will be required,to undergo an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check for this role. This will be at no cost to you. Having a criminal conviction does not preclude you from volunteering, and each case will be dealt with on an individual basis.   What will you get in return for volunteering with Healthwatch Hull?
  • Induction training and training specific to your role.
  • Opportunities to access additional training and personal development.
  • The chance to develop new skills,and knowledge to assist with career goals, education and training.
  • Support and supervision from the Volunteer Coordinator.
  • Reasonable out of pocket expenses incurred during the course of your volunteering role.
  • The opportunity to be part of a team and to meet new people.
  • The chance to have an input into the delivery,of local Health and Social Care services,and make a real difference to the lives of local people