Steering Group Blog

  Hi, I am Richard Selby, the author of the Healthwatch Dorset blog and a volunteer member of our organisations Steering Group. I have an interesting and varied ‘day job’ where I provide maritime aviation fire & rescue, medical first aid and mental health...

National Stress Awareness Day

It’s National Stress Awareness Day on the 4 November, and this article explores the relationship between stress and food by looking at some recent scientific findings and useful resources related to mindfulness, weight-management, and food availability.  It was...

World Homeless Day – 10 October 2020

Local organisations work together in times of uncertainty Gathering feedback from homeless people about Community Mental Health Services Firstly, I’d like to introduce myself – my name is Lucy, and I am the Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Dorset. Healthwatch...

Naomi’s story of caring during COVID-19

Dorchester resident and married mum of three Naomi [pictured above] is a full-time carer for her 12-year old son George. Since contracting meningitis as a baby, George has needed round the clock care for a range of health issues – he has cerebral palsy,...

The heat is on!

A look back at the Melplash Show by Lucy Cribb, Healthwatch Dorset Engagement Officer. Over the summer I set up an information stand at the Melplash Show to gather feedback from local people on their experiences of using local health and social care services.  It was...