Join us as a volunteer!

We wouldn't be able to operate without the dedicated support of our volunteers, who are at the heart of what we do.

We would love to hear from you if you would like to volunteer for Healthwatch Bristol. We welcome applications from people aged 18 and over, and you'll play a vital role in improving health and social care.

We need support in a variety of ways, from attending events in the community and finding out if local health and social care services are working for people, to attending meetings on our behalf or helping with administration.

  • We can offer you training, support, and the opportunity to meet new people 
  • Learn new skills or improve existing ones
  • Gain knowledge and experience that could be a stepping-stone into employment or training
  • Reasonable travel expenses paid
  • Make a difference in your local community by giving people the opportunity to speak up about local health and social care services

Click to watch our video and find out more about Healthwatch Bristol.

If you would like find out more, please contact Jacqui Reeves, our Volunteer Coordinator, at jacqui@healthwatchbnssg.co.uk or on 0330 055 3251.

If you are interested in volunteering with us with us, please fill in the below volunteer application form and our equality and diversity form, and return both to Jacqui at the above email address.

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Volunteer application form
Equality and diversity form

Safeguarding

We are committed to following safeguarding guidelines for both children and vulnerable adults and will provide training in this area where appropriate. All of our volunteers will be asked to undergo a DBS check which is at no cost to yourself as part of the application process.

Roles currently available

Digital inclusion for health and social care

This role is all about helping the community, and in particular seldom heard communities, be empowered to use digital platforms to access, communicate and order prescriptions from GP's and other health and social care information and services.

This is a brand new project that is in the process of being developed and due to be piloted towards the end of April. We are looking for teams of people to work together, in what will be an exciting and engaging role.

Are you passionate about supporting and giving people a voice to help create change in the health and social care setting? If so, this is for you.

Capturing information

One of Healthwatch’s statutory duties is to involve people in the scrutiny of health and social care services. Healthwatch Bristol captures information and communications from various health and social care meetings. Your role will be to help us get the correct information by taking accurate notes from important meetings.

In addition to capturing the correct information, we are regularly invited to read over documents from health and social care organisations to ensure they are user friendly. We are also asked to provide feedback or comments on information produced and provided by health and social care organisations. 

If you are passionate about people's voices and creating information to create change this role is for you. You will play an integral part in the information and feedback we recommend, to help create change in health and social care.

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Help people in your community have their say on health and social care

Our volunteers play a vital role speaking to local people about their experiences and giving them opportunities to share their views and ideas for how services can improve. Many of our volunteers spend time in our community finding out what people think of local services and raising awareness of Healthwatch.

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Help improve local services

We train some of our volunteers to visit health and social care services and report on people's experiences. You might be observing the service, gathering the views of patients, residents and staff, and contributing to reports which highlight your findings.

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Help raise awareness of Healthwatch

As a volunteer, you could be attending community events to raise awareness of Healthwatch and encourage people to share their feedback on health and social care in our community.

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Develop your professional skills

Volunteering with us is a great way to sharpen your existing skills and develop new ones. A volunteer position can help provide useful experience for your CV as well as giving you an opportunity to learn and improve on your areas of interest such as design and marketing, planning and administration or leading a project.