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 board of directors. 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
Current volunteering opportunities
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.
Use your passion and commitment to support people to speak out and influence the future of health and care in Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.
Board Members are non executive Directors of Evolving Communities CIC under the Companies Act 2006. They set the strategy for Healthwatch Gloucestershire and Healthwatch Wiltshire and oversee the operational management of the organisation by the Chief Executive. Board Members have a significant role to play in ensuring that Healthwatch Gloucestershire adheres to its principles, purpose and vision, legal constraints and duties, and operates in a moral and ethical way in the service of the local community.
Board Members also get involved in specific areas of activity, including engaging with local people to gather their views on health and care services. More specific information on the responsibilities that Board Members take on is given in the recruitment pack.
Prospective Board members will usually be invited to spend three months as an active Healthwatch Gloucestershire volunteer before any formal appointment is made.
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 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.
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.
Find out more and get involved today
Interested in volunteering?
Fill out our quick and easy online form and a member of our team will get in touch with you for an informal chat about volunteering.
Whatever your background and your skills, we have a role that is perfect for you. Take our quiz and find out which volunteering role is the best fit for you.