“I was born in Ukraine and worked for 32 years as a doctor. When the war started and my city was occupied by Russian troops, I decided to change my life. I came to the UK, and I now volunteer with Healthwatch. I have been able to delve deeper into the cultural roots of society. With Healthwatch, I can make my contribution to the improvement of the lives of others.”
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“As a volunteer if the role wasn’t varied and fun I wouldn’t be motivated to continue. It has been both of these in spades. How else would I have got to spend a Sunday in a vast Accrington mosque, where I walked through an inflatable bowel (true!) and met the Mayor of Hyndburn. All this has been underpinned throughout by the positive and welcoming attitude of the Healthwatch team.”
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I started volunteering with Healthwatch Lancashire to get experience alongside studying a diploma in Health and Social Care. Volunteering with Healthwatch has given me a different perspective entirely. It can be quite challenging as you hear a lot of negative stories, but I’m so glad I stepped out of my comfort zone as it has given me so much confidence. I even enjoyed the days standing outside in the rain!”
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