Healthwatch is an independent voice for people in our community set up to help shape, challenge and improve local health and social care services. Healthwatch do this by talking and listening to people from every part of the community, and by holding services to account
We don’t have any fixed idea of who will want to volunteer, but if you can sign up to our aims we’ll try to find a way for you to get involved. The kind of people who might want to volunteer with Healthwatch might be:
- People who want to share the knowledge and understanding they have developed by using health and social care services.
- People who want to understand more about how health and social care services work.
- People who want to see services improve by giving constructive feedback and influencing decisions.
Volunteering is a great way to:
- Learn new skills
- Meet people and make friends
- Get involved in your community
- Do something interesting and enjoyable in your spare time
Volunteering with Healthwatch will give you a chance to try your hand at new things like:
- Helping people have their say about health and care services
- Helping people get what they want out of health and social care services by understanding their choices.
- Understanding how to influence decisions about health and social care services.
- Learning how to collect and analyse information about services to produce evidence that will make a difference.
There are a number of ways in which volunteers can get involved:
Publicity and promotion – to tell people about Healthwatch.
Surveys and research – to help us investigate health and social care issues.
Enter and View – to visit services to speak to patients and service users.