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...

Exploring the link between mental health and diet

Volunteer interview 10 October was World Mental Health Day, and Healthwatch Dorset took this opportunity to explore the relationship between diet and mental health by speaking to Healthwatch Dorset volunteer, Richie (pictured right), who is currently studying a...

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 highs and lows of shielding from coronavirus

A reflection on lockdown by Lucy Cribb, Healthwatch Dorset Engagement Officer for Mental Health Awareness Week, 18-24 May 2020 I received a letter on 12 April to say that I am on the high-risk coronavirus register and in order to protect myself and the NHS, I should...

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...