It is volunteers week - time to celebrate!
We would like to thank all our volunteers past and present for all your support, it would not be possible for us to do what we do without you.
Take the time to read what some of our volunteers have been up to with Healthwatch Coventry.
Social Media Volunteer
I came across Healthwatch through a talk they gave at a community centre working actively to change an area with high levels of poverty and diverse communities. Healthwatch wanted to understand more people’s needs in health and social care by spreading the word digitally and were looking for volunteers to help them. I immediately signed up.
I re-designed the layout of their social channels, increased their contacts and engagement, but also created and scheduled posts to increase traffic to their pages.
This experience helped me to get a place on a graduate training scheme where there were over 750 applicants. Gaining experience can be difficult and Healthwatch not only trusted me with the role but went to lengths to ensure my experience was as valuable as it could have been. I really feel like I owe my current job to this voluntary role! I have now enrolled in a formal qualification in Digital Marketing, paid for by the company and well on the way to my dream career.
Martin volunteers in the Healthwatch office supporting the Healthwatch assistant with admin tasks:
I have been volunteering for Healthwatch for 6 years. I heard about the role from the Do-it.org website. Volunteering with Healthwatch on a Monday morning helps me to structure my week.
Healthwatch has helped me maintain my self-confidence now I am retired, by proving to myself that I can still do a professional job in a professional organisation. I enjoy working in the office.
My volunteering role has also helped me keep my computer skills up to date and it gets me out of “my retirement bubble” and reminds me how other people live. I have also learnt a great deal about Healthwatch.
I joined Healthwatch Coventry in 2015, as I wanted to support local people (especially the more vulnerable and less able, who are often not heard) to voice their views and opinions about the NHS and Social Care services they use.
I have been involved in a wide variety of projects which this year included: collating a draft report about Respite care services from completed questionnaires, where family carers and the people they cared for were asked about their experiences. Visits to care homes; talking to service users, carers, relatives and staff, gathering their views and opinions regarding the services received and given and observing care.
Personally, I enjoy being part of the team at Healthwatch Coventry, working towards making a positive differences to services used by local people and engaging with people from all walks of life. As an individual, I feel that I have a greater respect for others and I more fully understand the importance of listening to and valuing the opinions of other people.