After spending most of my life in and out of hospital, I want to help make a difference and improve services for people.
What can I do as a volunteer?
Our volunteers help us in a number of ways. Whether you have an hour to spare or you're looking for a more regular committment, there are a range of ways you can get involved.
Community Engagement & Outreach Volunteer
Your role as a volunteer is to take the voice of Healthwatch Cornwall [HC] into your local community and get feedback from the public on health and social care services in Cornwall. You will act as a bridge connecting HC with communities and provide a channel of communication to strengthen community involvement in Healthwatch Cornwall’s work. Activities may be online as well as in-person depending on the project.
Community Promoter Volunteer
Your role as a volunteer is to take the voice of Healthwatch Cornwall [HC] into your local community and make connections within the community. To provide information to local organisations such a leaflets and encourage people to engage with current campaigns such as specific surveys. Signpost community members to our outreach team if they would like to feedback on their experiences of health and social care services in Cornwall.
Voluntary Health & Social Care Student Placement
Healthwatch Cornwall would like to offer you the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of our work as well as the Health and Social Care sector from the perspective of patients and their families; providing valuable insight, which could help positively shape your chosen career path.
The placement will be varied, giving you experience in the office as well as out in the community
Volunteer Application Form
Please tell us why you want to volunteer with Healthwatch Cornwall and what you hope to get from your experience with us. This can include any relevant voluntary or paid experience, or any qualifications, hobbies or interests that you have had that you feel would help you undertake the role that you are applying for.
Youth Volunteering Role
We are keen to connect with more young people across Cornwall and encourage them to share their experiences of health and social care services and what is important to them. Volunteering as a Youth Champion for Healthwatch Cornwall you will be key in helping to arrange opportunities for your peers to get involved and have their say. Activities may be online as well as in-person depending on the project.
The placement runs over a 6-month period with regular commitment from you to complete a specified number of hours, which we will agree with you if you’re successful in being offered the placement. Opportunities are dictated to a certain extent by scheduled events and days our staff work. We will do our best to work with you around your availability, such as your studies. Please let us know when you would be able to volunteer with us.
Through volunteering, I have constantly felt like I'm doing something positive, and making a difference to health and social care in Cornwall.