What to expect when waiting for care

Information and advice from Healthwatch England, September 2021 Waiting for planned medical care or surgery can be a frustrating time.  That’s why it’s so important that while you wait, you get regular, clear, and accessible updates so that you can plan your next...

The power of peer-to-peer work with young people

Young Listeners project blog By Lindsey Fish, Healthwatch Dorset Youth Engagement Officer – August 2021 In spite of their own commitments, changes in circumstance, and dealing with a national pandemic, our Young Listeners have been busy throughout the summer,...

World Digestive Health Day 2021

Obesity: An Ongoing Pandemic May 29 is World Digestive Health Day and the theme for 2021 is ‘Obesity: An ongoing pandemic.’ Resources related to that subject can be found on the World Gastroenterology Organisation website. Here instead, Healthwatch Dorset veteran...

Young Listeners Project Blog

By Liv Francis-Pape, volunteer Young Listener (aged 22 years, support worker) The Young Listener’s Project is an innovative and collaborative way to assess health services, specifically people’s access and experiences.  Not only does the project promote a wonderfully...

Dementia Action Week: 17 – 23 May 2021

This blog includes a contribution by Healthwatch Dorset volunteer, Emerald. What is Dementia Action Week? It is a designated week to raise awareness and help improve the lives of people affected by dementia, whether you are the sufferer, partner, child, friend, carer...

Eating Disorder Awareness Week: 1 – 7 March 2021

Written by Healthwatch Dorset volunteer, Richie, who is currently studying a Masters in Nutrition and Behaviour at Bournemouth University. Eating disorders and the pandemic Whilst it is tricky to separate most things from the effects of the current pandemic, eating...

Healthwatch Young Listeners Project

Call out for young volunteers age 16-25 – Join us and help make Dorset’s health and care services work better for young people Hi, I am Lindsey Fish, Youth Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Dorset, and I run our Young Listener Project which we launched in...