Healthwatch Somerset is looking for new local volunteers. Healthwatch representatives will be available for anyone to find out about the opportunities available on Monday 12 March from 10.30am to 2.30pm in Wellington Library, Fore Street, Wellington.
Local Healthwatch Volunteers are the voice of Healthwatch Somerset and people in the community. Volunteers support the Healthwatch organisation by talking to people, gathering opinions about local health and care services – both good and bad – and spreading the word about the ways Healthwatch can help people. Volunteers can also act as ambassadors at events and meetings and make sure the views of Somerset County Council, the NHS and local hospitals and the views of local people are heard and taken seriously.
The Health and Social Care Act of 2012 put people at the centre of their health and social care. To help realise that ambition, a Healthwatch organisation was set up in every local authority area across England. Each one is a key part of its local community, and works in partnership with other organisations in its area.
Dedicated teams of staff and volunteers listen to what people like about local health services, and what could be improved. These views are then shared with the decision-making organisations, so together a real difference can be made.
Healthwatch Somerset can also help people find the information they need about health and care services in their area.