Our Team

Meet the Healthwatch Dorset team

Louise Bate

Healthwatch Dorset Manager

Louise’s role is to manage Healthwatch Dorset’s Volunteer and Engagement Team.  Our team delivers engagement strategies that encourage involvement and participation in the monitoring, evaluation, and improvement of health and social care services by talking to and listening to peoples’ experiences of using these services.  Volunteers play a vital role in our work, and our volunteering programme ensures that a wide range of people are meaningfully involved in various Healthwatch activities.

Lucy Cribb

Engagement Officer

Lucy’s role is to seek out and listen to the people who live in Dorset, to hear their experiences of using health and care services and record the issues and concerns raised by individuals and groups that are then used to inform commissioners and service providers.  She also signposts people to where they can get the best support to help them, and works with our volunteers in order to further research and develop particular projects that form part of Healthwatch Dorset’s Work Plan.

Holly Drinkwater

Volunteer Officer

Holly is the main point of contact for Healthwatch Dorset volunteers, ensuring they are supported in their roles.  She is also responsible for recruiting new volunteers, co-ordinating all volunteer activities including arranging induction sessions, on-going training, and volunteer supervision.  In her spare time Holly volunteers herself at The Wave Project, helping young people boost their confidence and wellbeing through surfing and other beach-based activities.

Melissa Ballantyne

Team Administrator

Melissa has joined us to support the general running of the Healthwatch Dorset office.  Her role involves admin support such as preparing documents, organising meetings, answering the phone and email enquiries and supporting the new Steering Group.  Melissa has a real passion for helping people have their say over local health and social care services.

Lindsey Fish

Youth Engagement Officer

Lindsey leads our exciting new Young Listeners project which aims to encourage local children and young people to speak up about their health and care needs to help shape and improve services in the county.  Lindsey recruits and trains young volunteers, and works with them to plan and deliver activities to engage and listen to other young people. She brings young people together to share their questions, concerns and views about health and wellbeing, and she supports them to share their ideas with those responsible for local services to help drive positive action and change.

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