There are four ways that you can get involved and help Healthwatch hear the views of local people:

Healthwatch Champions – act as a point of contact between Healthwatch and a group they are a part of. This could be any group, for example a faith group, social group or health support group. Find out your group’s experiences of using local health services so Healthwatch can take action to improve care.

Healthwatch Champion and Representative – attend local health and social care meetings to ensure local people’s voices are heard and acted upon by policy and decision makers and/or promote Healthwatch at community events. This role is for Champions who want to get more involved.

Enter and View Authorised Representative – go into services like hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries to find out what people think about the care they receive. Work in a team to record conversations and observations and write a report to commend what works well and make recommendations about how the service could improve.

Community Outreach Volunteer – Visit community groups in South Gloucestershire to find out what people think about local hospitals, GPs and care homes so Healthwatch can take action to improve care, based on what people say they want and need.

What you could get from the role

We believe volunteering can provide satisfaction, fulfilment and should be a fun and enjoyable experience. Volunteering with Healthwatch will give you the opportunity to:

  • influence and shape health and social care for future generations;
  • use your knowledge, experience and free time to improve care for local people;
  • meet new people and new friends;
  • gain experience of community engagement and communicating with a wide   variety of people for your CV and future career;
  • gain knowledge of the health and social care sector;
  • access ongoing training opportunities and ongoing volunteer support; feel good about yourself and make a difference in your community.

Out of pocket expenses and access costs will be paid and references will be given.  

All volunteers will be asked to comply with relevant organisational policies, the ‘Code of Conduct’ and The Care Forum volunteer agreement.

Applications from all people and from all backgrounds are actively encouraged.

To find out more

Please call Volunteering at The Care Forum on 0117 9589 363.

Or email [email protected]