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Healthwatch says thank you to volunteers who help to shape health and care in East Yorkshire


Health and social care champion Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire will celebrate the difference volunteers make to their community during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.

Many volunteers currently offer their time to Healthwatch East Riding in its work to make health and care services meet the needs of local people.

They 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 patients and gather their views.

Volunteers also give advice and information about the NHS and social care services to the public, as well as provide vital behind-the-scenes support in roles like admin work.

By helping people have their say about NHS and social care services, volunteers at Healthwatch East Riding donated more than 550 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.

Michelle Harvey, Volunteer Coordinator at Healthwatch East Riding, said: “Our volunteers are amazing, and this Volunteers’ Week gives us a chance to thank them publicly for all the work they do.

“It’s thanks to volunteers that we are able to get out and about in the 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, to fill one of our voluntary roles. People can make a real difference to their communities and help to shape their local health and social care services.”

Healthwatch Volunteer Denise Lester gave this testimonial about what its like to volunteer with Healthwatch

Why did you apply to be a volunteer for Healthwatch?
I have had a lifetime interest in Health and Health and Social Care services and with time on my hands after retirement I decided to apply to be a volunteer for Healthwatch.

What do you enjoy the most about volunteering with Healthwatch?
I enjoy the opportunity to work alongside like-minded people in providing a forum for anyone who is interested to have a say in the quality and provision of local Health and Social Care services.

What skills have you developed since volunteering with Healthwatch?
Both the work I have done and the training days provided by Healthwatch East Riding have increased by knowledge of our NHS and associated services.

What would you say to somebody that is considering volunteering with Healthwatch?
The time commitment is whatever you have available and the rewards in terms of doing something worthwhile are considerable.

Volunteers at Healthwatch East Riding will be joining staff at various locations around the county to celebrate Volunteers’ Week.

• Thursday 6th June 4pm – 9pm: Hull Trinity Market.
• Friday 7th June, 10am-3pm: Hull Trinity Market

All volunteers with Healthwatch East Riding go through a full training and personal development programme. Out of pocket expenses are also reimbursed.

To find out more about volunteering with Healthwatch East Riding, or would like to come to our taster day on wednesday 19th June call us on 01482 665684 or email enquiries@heathwatcheastridingofyorkshire.co.uk or visit http://www.healthwatcheastridingofyorkshire.co.uk/content/get-involved

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 http://www.healthwatcheastridingofyorkshire.co.uk/content/speak-out or call 01482 665 684.



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