Volunteering brings many benefits too, developing skills, gaining experience and the knowledge you are making a difference. From attending events to promote Healthwatch to conducting patient surveys to carrying out visits at care homes, our volunteers carry out a wide range of valuable work. Whether you have the odd hour to spare or are able to offer your time more regularly, there could be a role for you. As a Healthwatch volunteer you will engage with individuals who access these services to determine what is working well and what may need improving to make personal experiences more positive and personalised.
The findings you report will be fed back to the service providers as well as commissioners to encourage positive changes and potentially transform the level of care and quality of services residents of South Tyneside deserve.
We are looking for volunteers from all backgrounds – with or without experience in health and social care – with an enthusiasm to engage with others and a determination to help make changes happen at a local level.
In 2019 Healthwatch South Tyneside won a £9,500 grant from the National Lottery’s Awards for All fund for our ‘Hard to Reach Volunteering Project’, which aims to attract and support those who would benefit the most from volunteering.
We produced this film, which features people in South Tyneside talking about why they volunteer and what they get out of it personally, as part of a 12 month campaign.