Healthwatch Enfield is looking for new volunteers, writes Claire Fisher
Have you been pondering life over the holiday period, maybe thinking how you can give something back to your community?
Is your CV lacking in relevant experience, or do you need to brush up on some skills? Perhaps you simply like helping people and want to do something really worthwhile?
If your answer is ‘yes’ to any of our questions then Healthwatch Enfield is here to help. At Healthwatch Enfield, it is our job to make the views of residents in Enfield known when it comes to local health and social care services. That’s everything from general practitioners, dentists, hospitals and pharmacies, to publicly-funded care homes for elderly, vulnerable or disabled people.
We rely on great people from the community to get involved and dedicate some of their spare time for free to help support the service we offer. In return we provide training opportunities, a chance to learn new skills, brush-up on old ones, and be part of a varied and vibrant team of really lovely people! We are always looking for new volunteers from all ages and abilities.
Among our volunteers are students from college taking placements with us; professionals who want to gain experience and skills such as marketing or graphic design; retired folk who have time, patience and wisdom; people with personal experience of disabilities who represent a different view on projects; as well as others who just simply love to get out and about in the community, help take surveys about services, or visit care homes to talk to residents and families about their experiences.
We write reports based on all this feedback, which we submit to various boards to help bring about changes, improvements, or influence the design of future services. We also help to promote services that are available in the community and help Enfield residents navigate their way around services, such as complaints procedures.
Our targeted projects last year include our Open2All initiative that we ran in partnership with North Middlesex University Hospital. This project has seen the implementation of training and coaching programmes for reception staff to help improve the experience of disabled patients visiting clinics. Step-by-step we are making a difference, so why not join us and help us make that difference even bigger and better in 2019?