Healthwatch Blackpool has an active group of more than 40 local, experienced and skilled volunteers who help the organisation to be a public voice for health and social care in Blackpool.
In the past 12 months, volunteers have helped Healthwatch Blackpool listen to the experiences, views and stories of more than 6,000 people in Blackpool.
The volunteers make a fantastic contribution to listening to people across the county about their views on how health and social care services are delivered and their experiences of using them by undertaking a range of activities from speaking to people in their GPs to visiting community groups.
Healthwatch offer the following opportunities to our volunteers:
- Enabling volunteers to utilise their existing skills and build new ones
- Flexible volunteering hours
- Meeting new people
- Ongoing training including, Safeguarding and Equality & Diversity
- Develop more social networks
- Recognition for your commitment
- Expenses paid & uniform provided
- Most importantly – your contribution will make a difference!
Did you know 60% of adults reported that they had volunteered at least once in the last year and 34% have done so at least once a month. That means over 15.2 million people volunteer at least once a month in the UK and this contributes an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy. Behind these big numbers is a big contribution, from people just like you!
These 15 million people, including Healthwatch Lancashire’s 40 volunteers, are a shining example of how we can all make a big difference to individuals and communities every day from improving the environment we live in, spending time with those who may otherwise be lonely and contributing to a range of other essential services and support. We believe such a big contribution is worth a big celebration.
What Our Volunteers Say
“It is a professional organisation, well run, where my input is valued. I’ve been made to feel very welcome and a real part of the team. I can choose which activities to take part in so I can fit it around what else I am doing.”
“I work with a great team of both paid staff and volunteers. Everyone is very friendly and approachable. I have visited some very interesting health and social care establishments. I love meeting some of the service users, it reminds you of the importance of listening to those who use services.”
“I get a chance to pass on the patients’ views in a structured way and I feel people have a chance to be listened to.”
“The engagement activities are varied and worthwhile. I make a flexible commitment doing as much or as little as I want and always feel my time volunteering is appreciated by Healthwatch Lancashire.”
“I feel I am contributing to the ‘larger picture’ and are helping make improvements to services. I am supported throughout by Healthwatch Lancashire and my opinions are valued.”
Healthwatch Blackpool is looking for more volunteers who are willing to listen to people’s views about health and social care in Blackpool.
If you are interested in supporting our engagement activities in locations such as hospitals, GP practices, care homes and community engagement, please get in touch by calling 01524 239100 and speaking to Jess Wood, Project Officer (Volunteers and Projects) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.