Rebecca West - Student Volunteer
"Volunteering at Healthwatch really helped me with my course because it meant that I am able to put real life situations into my academic writing. I can relate it to what I have done which has meant that I understand the theory a lot more."
Roger Squier - Enter & View
"I wanted to give something back to the NHS for the privilege of being employed by it for so many years. From my experience in working within the NHS, I believed I had something to offer as a Healthwatch volunteer."
Mazzie Sharp - Lay Assessor
"Since joining, I have had the privilege of meeting a wide range of people who rely on social care. Meeting people in their own homes has blown away any preconceptions and given me a whole new perspective of 'old' and 'vulnerable'."
Marianne Stone - Information Line
"This is a really interesting role as no query is the same and often a fair bit of research is needed to come up with an answer or a way forward. At the same time, its a way of identifying developing healthcare trends for Healthwatch to investigate."
Nick Gorvett - Enter & View
"While retired I really wanted a volunteer role that would allow enable me to use my knowledge and experiences, but also act on behalf of patients.And without doubt Healthwatch has allowed me to do that."
Cindy Willey - Lay Assessor
"The project brings me into contact with a wide range of people who depend on their carers to bring support and stability to their lives. I enjoy this engagement with the community and it helps me to better appreciate the scale of the problem."
Lynne Shields - Enter and View
"I have been involved in a variety of research projects, but the one I get a real kick out of are the hospital visits. We have a checklist to record positive changes compared to the last visit. This gives me a great sense of achievement, as a volunteer."
What can I do as a volunteer?
Whether you have an hour to spare or you want something regular, there are so many ways you can get involved: speaking to people about their experiences, visiting services, talking to professionals, attending health and social care meetings, or simply helping us in the office and with our social media.