The Challenges of Christmas

Healthwatch Dorset Volunteer Siobhan wanted to contribute an article for us this year, highlighting some of the challenges this festive season can sometimes bring.   I understand that Christmas and New Year whilst festive and joyous for most it can be a difficult...

Carers Rights Day – 25 November 2021

Get the support you need Many people have caring responsibilities for family and friends.  This means they have to juggle their own lives, including work or studying, with caring for their loved ones.  The Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the lives of...

Volunteer Satisfaction Survey 2021

The results are in! We asked how you felt, and this is what you said… For Volunteers’ Week in June, we asked our volunteers to complete a satisfaction survey, to find out how they felt about their roles with Healthwatch Dorset, but also look at ways we could...

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...