Rebecca joined us last year as a student volunteer, wanting to explore the different roles we had to offer.
"At the University of Brighton I studied Social Policy and Practice, and part of my course required volunteering for a local organisation. Due to my huge interest in health and social care, and wanting to look at it as a career, Healthwatch seemed to be the perfect opportunity.
The reason I most enjoyed my experience of volunteering was the freedom to get involved with a wide range of issues. I have had the chance to visit a hospital, as part of a project to understand the experience of being in a hospital from a patient’s perspective and what could be done to make it more positive.
I also trained as something called a ‘lay assessor’ which meant I got to visit care services and find out what’s working for people and what’s not. I then helped to analyse what people told us and write it up in a report.
I also had the chance to work with lots of different people. For example, I worked with Young Healthwatch to understand the issues affecting young people in Brighton. I would recommend volunteering because it opens your world up to what is really going on outside the classroom.
Volunteering at Healthwatch has really helped me with my course because it has meant that I am able to put real life situations into my academic writing. When discussing theories and concepts at university, I can relate it to what I have done whilst volunteering, which has meant that I understand the theory a lot more."