Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do.
Our volunteers are local people who in their own communities take opportunities to talk about Healthwatch and listen to people to find out if health and care are working for them.
Whether you want to gain valuable work experience, help improve care in your community or learn new skills, there are lots of ways you can join us to make a real difference.
What can I do as a volunteer?
As a Healthwatch Dorset volunteer, you have the chance to participate in a wide range of activities as part of a team that has the role to listen and the power to influence change within the health and social care system.
Not only will you provide invaluable support to Healthwatch Dorset projects and reports, but you will also help make a real difference to the way local health and care services are set up and run.
people gave up their time last year to help make a difference to local health and care services.
When I learned about the tremendous work Healthwatch Dorset does supporting local people to have their say on how health care and social care services are delivered and ensuring their voices are heard by service providers, it seemed a natural progression to become a Healthwatch Dorset Champion myself.
Sarah Holmes, MBE. Healthwatch Dorset Champion.
Meet our volunteers
Abi Kitcher volunteered her time with Healthwatch Dorset. She was studying PR and Communication at Southampton Solent University and looking for work experience for the summer.
Abi had a real impact on Healthwatch Dorset, helping us develop our Instagram account and the interviews she carried out with teachers, children & young people for our “Be Yourself” project are included in our final report.
Meet our Visiting Team
Some of our volunteers form our Visiting Team, which goes into health and social care premises to collect the views of patients, relatives and staff at the point of service delivery and observe the nature and quality of services. We do this (when appropriate) as part of an investigation we may be carrying out into a particular local service.
Members of the Visiting Team are volunteers who go through a process of selection and training and receive support to carry out their role.
Through volunteering, I have constantly felt like I'm doing something positive, and making a difference to health and social care.
Chris, Healthwatch Dorset Champion