Staff and volunteers from the county’s independent health and care champion will be taking to the roads of Gloucestershire in March to find out what people think about their local health and social care services.

Healthwatch Gloucestershire aims to speak to at least 500 people from all corners of the county as part of its ‘Campervan and Comments Tour’.

The roadshow will travel almost 400 miles zig-zagging around Gloucestershire in a classic 1969 VW campervan and park up at key locations around the county to gather the views of people of all ages.

Julia Butler-Hunt, Healthwatch Gloucestershire Manager, explained: “We want to reach at least 500 people from all over Gloucestershire in just one week.  We thought it would be a great idea to hire a campervan and visit places where people might not have heard of Healthwatch before.

“The role of a local Healthwatch is to make sure the health and care system in the area meets the needs of the people who use it.  Feedback is gathered from patients and their families on services such as GP surgeries, care homes, hospitals, mental health and social care.  These findings are then taken to the organisations which plan, pay for and deliver health and care services.

“Gloucestershire is a very rural county and we thought a roadshow would be a great way to reach more people and give them the opportunity to have their voice heard.”

The roadshow will visit:

Saturday 23 March

Stroud Farmers Market

Sunday 24 March

Gloucester Car Boot Sale, Hempsted Meadows

Monday 25 March

3Shires Garden Centre, Newent (AM)
Clock Tower, Coleford (PM)

Tuesday 26 March

Gloucester Cathedral Grounds (AM)
Tesco Supermarket, Brockworth (PM)

Wednesday 27 March

Fairford Market (AM)
We will also have an Information Stand at Tesco Supermarket, Cirencester (AM)
North Cotswold Community Hospital, Moreton in Marsh (PM)
We will also have an Information Stand at Budgens Supermarket, Moreton in Marsh (PM)

Thursday 28 March

Tewkesbury Community Hospital (AM)
Springbank Community Centre, Cheltenham (PM)

Come and visit us to share your views for a chance to win a £10 high street gift voucher if you tweet or share on Facebook using #campervanontour or sign up to receive our e-bulletin.

For the most up-to-date details on the roadshow, to download a flyer or view a short animation visit: healthwatchgloucestershire.co.uk/project/our-events/