Why volunteer with us?

  • Make a difference in your local community by giving people the opportunity to speak up about their health and social care
  • Make new friends as you become part of the Healthwatch team
  • Boost your CV as you develop new skills and confidence in the workplace
  • Use your skills to contribute to the success of Healthwatch across our different task groups, youth outreach projects and/or reducing mental health stigma.

Our Task Groups

Brainstorm

We have a number of different task groups which are always looking for new volunteers. The task groups hold regular meetings at The Kingston Quaker Centre where they discuss potential enter & view visits, do research into people's experience of health and social care, contribute to the publication of reports and help us identify priority areas to focus on. Our task groups include:

  • Hospital Services Task Group
  • Community Care Task Group
  • Learning Disability Task Group
  • Mental Health Task Group

Time required: 5 hours per meeting (plus optional 1-2 hours per month project work) 

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Events Volunteer

Event stand

Our Events Volunteers play a vital role in helping us to do this at community events across the borough.

 At our  events  your role will be to:  

  • listen  to and record what people tell you about their experiences of local health and social care
  • raise  awareness of who we are by talking to the public and handing out promotional materials. The  feedback  we get supports our projects and research and keeps people at the heart of what we do. 

Events will be carried out at different venues around the borough. 

Time required: 2-5 hours per event 

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Projects Volunteer

Time to Change volunteers in Kingston market place

Our  projects  are where we get our teeth into a specific area of health and social care and produce reports which have meaningful recommendations for services and provisions in the borough. 

Your role will depend on the project but will involve tasks such as helping us to: 

  • prepare for and conduct surveys, consultations and visits 
  • provide administrative support
  • compile research and consultation results 
  • contributing and inputting into reports and publications 

Timerequired: dependent on project 

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Young Person Volunteer

youth out loud volunteers

We are always looking for young people (aged 13 - 18) to get involved and have their say on health and social care topics that are relevant to them. We run a youth programme called Youth Out Loud! which launched on 8 April 2019 and are always looking for more people to join this group. 

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.

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