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Hear what some of our volunteers have to say

We could not do what we do without the support of our amazing volunteers. Meet some of the team and hear what they get up to.

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"Volunteering with Healthwatch is a great opportunity to make a difference and influence the quality of local health and social care services. There is great support for people who volunteer with Healthwatch Derbyshire, both from staff members and from fellow volunteers."


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"I joined Healthwatch Derbyshire as a volunteer over a year ago while studying psychology at university. They have offered me so many opportunities, and have provided me with skills that I can utilise later in life such as research skills, confidence, and various software skills. They've been extremely flexible and understanding around my studies, allowing me to work from home and complete tasks within a reasonable time frame.

All work produced by volunteers is appreciated by everyone within the organisation. Overall Healthwatch Derbyshire is a great organisation to work with, and I am proud to say that I am a volunteer!"


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"I applied to Healthwatch Derbyshire as I felt my knowledge and skills would help with their aim of ensuring local services are provided in the best way possible. I am proud to have played a key role in the mystery shop at Chesterfield Royal Hospital which prompted changes to the hospital’s outpatients departments, and to have worked on a project looking at Home Care Services."


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"During my time as a volunteer, I have been most active as an Enter and View Representative. This was very interesting and rewarding. It took me to parts of the county I would not otherwise have visited and led me to a far greater understanding of the care system and provision in Derbyshire.

The training and support given by Healthwatch to volunteers gives us the knowledge and confidence to carry out our role.

I would encourage anyone with an interest in any aspect of health care to consider seeking to be a Healthwatch volunteer. It is a really worthwhile experience."


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How to become a volunteer ?

There are lots of ways you can help as a volunteer. We want volunteering to reflect your strengths and interests. Take a look at some of our roles:

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Community Engagement Volunteer

Help us find out what local people think about the health and care services services they use.

Enter and View Representative

Enter and view representatives are trained to visit and observe health and care services, to see how services are running in action.

Public Relations Networker

Help raise the profile of Healthwatch Derbyshire and tell people what we do.

Social Media Volunteer

Help us to promote our social media and online presence.

Why volunteer with Healthwatch Derbyshire?

Share your skills and enthusiasm with your community to make things better for everyone in Derbyshire. Volunteering with us also has lots of other benefits:

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Become part of the Healthwatch team and meet new people

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Make a difference and help improve local health and social care services

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Learn how health and social care services work

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Gain new skills and access free training

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A reference to add to your CV

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Make use of your existing skills and interests

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We pay agreed out of pocket expenses including travel costs

Interested in volunteering?

If you are thinking of volunteering with us or want more information, please complete the below form or get in touch with us.

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We are pleased to have been awarded the Chesterfield Volunteering Strategy Group Quality Accreditation.

This recognises that we manage a volunteer programme where volunteers receive a high quality and positive volunteering experience.

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