Volunteers Week 1-7th June 2019
Healthwatch says thank you to volunteers who help to shape health and care in Shropshire
Health and social care champion Healthwatch Shropshire will celebrate the difference volunteers make to their community during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.
More than 20 volunteers currently offer their time to Healthwatch Shropshire in its work to make health and care services meet the needs of local people.
Steph Dunbar, Volunteer Officer at Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “We have a fantastic team of volunteers, who do a wide range of activities for Healthwatch Shropshire. Volunteers’ Week is the perfect opportunity to publicly thank them for all their hard work and support. “It’s thanks to our volunteers that we are able to get out and about into so many of our communities and listen to the views and experiences of so many on local health and social care services.
“We are always looking for more volunteers and would love to hear from people, whatever their background. We’d encourage people to get in touch and have a chat about the many ways they can get involved with Healthwatch Shropshire and making a difference to their communities.”
Volunteers are regularly out talking and listening to people in the community, finding out what is good and what could be improved about local health and social care services. They are often found at community events, but also visit the services themselves to speak to people and gather their views. By helping people have their say about NHS and social care services, volunteers at Healthwatch Shropshire donated more than 1800 hours of their time last year.
And they are also part of a network of more than 5,000 people who are involved with Healthwatch across the country. The work at each local Healthwatch contributes to work at Healthwatch England in its mission to ensure that people are at the heart of care.
Helen, a volunteer at Healthwatch Shropshire, said: “Volunteering for Healthwatch Shropshire is so rewarding and the team of staff and volunteers are so friendly and helpful. Since retiring 4 years ago I have really enjoyed the challenge of being an Enter and View representative visiting health services across Shropshire and listening to what residents of Shropshire say about care homes, hospitals and doctors.”
All volunteers with Healthwatch Shropshire go through a full training and personal development programme. They are given a comprehensive volunteer handbook and welcome pack and out of pocket expenses are also reimbursed.
If you are unable to volunteer, you can still make a difference by sharing your experiences of health and social care services with us. No matter how big or small, we want to hear about it. Visit our 'Tell Us' page or call 01743 237 884