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Healthwatch Lancashire is looking for volunteers

Healthwatch Lancashire is looking for volunteers to represent local people when it comes to health and social care.

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In the past 12 months, volunteers have helped Healthwatch Lancashire listen to the experiences, views and stories of more than 6,000 people in Lancashire as it looks to expand its engagement footprint across the county.

Healthwatch Lancashire volunteers are champions of their local communities and more are needed to listen to people’s views about health and social care in Lancashire in locations such as hospitals, GP practices and community venues.

Healthwatch Lancashire undertakes a range of activities to find out what matters to local people and shares patients’ experiences with local services, which is proven to have a significant impact to the local services we all use.

Sheralee Turner-Birchall, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Lancashire, said: “Our volunteers make a significant contribution to the health and social care economy in Lancashire and we’re looking for more people who are willing to spare their time to listen and make a difference by listening in their community.”

Here is what volunteers said when they were asked why they enjoy volunteering for Healthwatch Lancashire:

“It is a professional organisation, well run, where my input is valued. I’ve been made to feel very welcome and a real part of the team. It is good that I can choose which activities to take part in so I can fit it around what else I am doing. Thank you to Healthwatch Lancashire.”

“I work with a great team of both paid staff and volunteers. Everyone is very friendly and approachable. I have visited some very interesting health and social care establishments. I love meeting some of the service users, it reminds you of the importance of listening to those who use services.”

Healthwatch Lancashire volunteers receive training, support and expenses for any activities they carry out.

To apply to become a volunteer, or for more information, contact Jess Wood, Project Officer (Volunteers & Engagement) on 01524 230662 or email jess.wood@healthwatchlancashire.co.uk