Health and social care champion Healthwatch Dorset will be celebrating the difference volunteers make to the local community during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.
Volunteers and staff at Healthwatch Dorset will be hosting a Volunteer Drop In event at The Bridge, Littledown, Bournemouth (BH7 7DX), on Wednesday 5 June, 10-2pm, to mark the occasion and to celebrate the volunteers that already give up their time, as well as looking at recruiting new volunteers.
More than 50 volunteers currently offer their time to Healthwatch Dorset, helping in various roles such as office admin, leading Enter and View inspection visits, gathering views at community events and helping to promote the work of Healthwatch.
Lucy Cribb, Engagement Officer at Healthwatch Dorset, said: “Our volunteers are amazing, and this Volunteer’s Week gives us a chance to thank them publicly for all the work they do.
“It’s thanks to volunteers that we are able to get out and about in the communities and listen to the views and experiences of so many on local health and social care services.
“We are always looking for more volunteers and would love to hear from people, whatever their background, to fill one of our voluntary roles. People can make a real difference to their communities and help to shape their local health and social care services.”
Joyce Guest, former chair of Healthwatch Dorset, is a firm believer in the benefits of volunteering. She said: “Volunteering can increase your confidence, make you feel less isolated and build up your feelings of self-worth. It can also help those with long term medical conditions left unable to work. It is an opportunity for them to feel useful and use time constructively.
“In my former role as Chair of Healthwatch Dorset I learnt a lot about the complexities of the organisation and management of health and social care. During this time I also benefited from a greater knowledge of dementia and other mental health disabilities. I found the whole experience both educational and rewarding. I would recommend volunteering for Healthwatch to anyone with spare time.”
Volunteers with Healthwatch Dorset are offered training and personal development, they receive a regular email newsletter and any out of pocket expenses are reimbursed.