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 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.