Hear what motivates Susan to volunteer with Healthwatch
“I love PEOPLE, which is one thing I get out of volunteering” says Susan, one of our local Healthwatch volunteers. Susan, a former nurse, midwife and health visitor, is also a mother, grandmother and regular volunteer with us.
As a Healthwatch volunteer, Susan often goes out into her local community to talk to local people and find out about their experiences of health and care services. In December, we visited the local parent and baby group with Susan to listen to some of the mum's experiences of support with feeding their babies.
Our Healthwatch is looking for other people to do the kind of thing Susan does in their local community. Could you be one of our Community Listener volunteers? We will give you training and support, as well as paying agreed out of pocket expenses.
As a Healthwatch volunteer, you could also train to take part in our ‘Enter and View” visits to local health or care services. This is our legal right to visit places that provide publicly funded health or care services, to see and hear how people experience the services. In the last year, we have made three different visits to Addenbrooke’s and Hinchingbrooke Hospitals.
Thank you to Revd Stephen Bowring, the mum’s and the volunteers at the baby and toddler group at St Andrew's Church in Kimbolton, for making us so welcome when we visited.