Volunteering for Healthwatch Northamptonshire
Healthwatch Northamptonshire is always looking to expand its volunteer community to help deliver our role as a strong and independent voice in health and social care across the county. Volunteers play an essential role as the eyes and ears, and crucially the local voice of Healthwatch Northamptonshire.
There are different ways in which you can become involved depending on your interests and how much time you would like to commit. The volunteer roles are summarised below and more information can be obtained from the volunteer handbook or from the HWN office. Training appropriate to each role is provided. Should you require this information in a different format please contact the Healthwatch Northamptonshire team.
Planning Group Member:
The planning group is made up of volunteers from diverse backgrounds who meet regularly to discuss and respond to current local issues in health and social care. They form ‘task and finish’ groups to undertake projects and make recommendations. There is also a Young Healthwatch Northamptonshire group especially for young people to be involved and have their say.
An authorised representative is a trained volunteer who can 'enter and view' health and social care settings in Northamptonshire and help to gather the experiences and views of patients, consumers, carers and the wider public. They may also represent Healthwatch at meetings and be a member of the planning group. To become an authorised representative you will have to supply two references and successfully complete an enhanced DBS check.
Community Engagement Volunteer:
This role focuses on public and patient engagement, helping us to listen to individual experiences of health and social care services and collect evidence directly from service users at our ‘Pop Up Shops’. The role also involves publicising Healthwatch Northamptonshire and what we do within local groups and communities, e.g. coffee mornings, community group and events.
Our office volunteers provide invaluable support to the staff team by carrying out general administrative tasks, data entry or helping out with event preparation. Because of the confidential nature of the work two references and an enhanced DBS check will be required.
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