Volunteers are at the heart of everything we do, from talking to people about their experiences of local health and social care services, to sitting on our Steering Group. Whatever your background, your time and your talent could make a real difference in your local community.
So, make today the day you decide to volunteer
From the satisfaction of helping to shape local health and social care services, to learning new skills and meeting new people, volunteering offers so many rewards. Discover the many ways you can volunteer with Healthwatch Gloucestershire and make a real difference whilst developing your own skills and experience.
Local Healthwatch Volunteer
Local Healthwatch Volunteers are the voice of Healthwatch Gloucestershire and people in the community. You can support us by talking to people, gathering opinions about local health and social care services (good or bad) and spreading the word about the ways we can help people. You can also act as an ambassador for us at events and meetings and make sure our views and the views of local people are heard and taken seriously.
This is a perfect role for a friendly, approachable and compassionate person who enjoys connecting with people.
Authorised Enter and View Volunteer
Healthwatch Gloucestershire has a statutory power that allows us to Enter and View publicly funded health and social care premises to speak to people about their experiences. These visits are usually announced in advance but they can also can be unannounced if we hear things are not going well. You can help us conduct these visits and spend time talking to patients, carers and relatives as well as helping us report back on our findings.
This is a rewarding and specialist volunteering role for a confident and compassionate person who enjoys connecting with people. You might also like to represent us a Local Healthwatch Volunteer alongside this role.
Young Healthwatch Volunteer
We want to make sure that the views of young people in Gloucestershire are making positive changes in the health and social care services that they use. Young Healthwatch Volunteers will strengthen the voice of Healthwatch Gloucestershire and those aged between 14-25 in the community. You can support us by talking to young people about their experiences of local health and social care services (good or bad) and spreading the word about the ways we can help young people. You can also act as an ambassador for us at events and meetings and make sure our views and the views of young people are heard and taken seriously.
Healthwatch Project Volunteer
Our Project Volunteers help us to deliver important health and social care projects which benefit people in Gloucestershire. As a Project Volunteer you can help us compile research and feedback from members of the public. You can also help us organise health and social care events and consultations or provide assistance with day-to-day administration for the team of staff and volunteers at Healthwatch Gloucestershire.
You might also like to be involved with specific projects which are important you.
If you are interested in a more informal volunteering role you might like to become a Healthwatch Associate. Associates are interested in our work and like to be kept up to date with information about our events and activities as well as taking part in our surveys and consultations. You can also be part of our Readers Panel which involves looking at leaflets and documents for various health and social care agencies and making suggestions on how they can be improved.
If you aren’t sure which volunteering role is right for you, becoming a Healthwatch Associate will give you a taste of our work so you can decide how you would like to get more involved in future.
Healthwatch Steering Group Member
Steering Group members will oversee and contribute to the work programme and play a crucial role in monitoring its delivery. They also play a part supporting the organisation to adhere to its principles, purpose and vision and ensuring that it operates in a moral and ethical way.
We’re looking for local people with a passionate interest in helping the local community shape the way their health and social care services are run. Although not essential, if you have knowledge or experience in social care, children and young people, mental health, or equalities and diversity, this would be beneficial.
For more information about the role and specific responsibilities of Steering Group members please download the: