Volunteers play a vital role in helping people have their say on health and social care. Volunteering with us can help you develop skills, gain experience and make a difference to your community. 

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June Adamson

I started volunteering with Healthwatch Sunderland in February 2017.  I like meeting new people so hosting information stands at various venues and speaking to groups about Healthwatch and our role.

I have taken advantage of the training opportunities which have been available to me since I stared and I am a fully trained Enter and View volunteer.

Due to volunteering I feel my confidence has improved, I have new friends and I have been able to use the skills I have, but haven't used for a long time.

When I am not volunteering I enjoy looking after my grandchildren and spending time with my extended family.

I started volunteering with Healthwatch Sunderland in February 2017.  I like meeting new people so hosting information stands at various venues and speaking to groups about Healthwatch and our role.

I have taken advantage of the training opportunities which have been available to me since I stared and I am a fully trained Enter and View volunteer.

Due to volunteering I feel my confidence has improved, I have new friends and I have been able to use the skills I have, but haven't used for a long time.

When I am not volunteering I enjoy looking after my grandchildren and spending time with my extended family.

Tom Canning

I became a Healthwatch Champion as I was looking for more volunteering opportunities to fill in some of my spare time. I like meeting new people, so after the application and induction process, I started my role here at the beginning of April 2017.

So far I have helped out at information stands in local health centres, where I get to meet a lot of different people and ask them how our Sunderland health and social care services are doing. I have taken part in several training courses which I have particularly enjoyed and included; Equality and Diversity and Safeguarding Adults.

In my leisure time, I enjoy studying all aspects of architecture.

Gill Charman

A former volunteer with LINk I joined Healthwatch in 2013 and regard myself as one of the original volunteers.

My main interest is Enter and View and I love visiting the care homes to get people's opinions of life there. I have also manned Healthwatch information stands at various venues in the area.  I enjoy talking to and listening to people about their health issues and signposting them to other services in the city.

I am a member of the U3A (University of the Third Age) and get fully involved in their activities.

Since my partner died, my constant companion is my dachshund George and despite his short legs we enjoy long walks together.

Rosalind Copeland

I got involved as a volunteer for Healthwatch having previously been involved in LINk which was the forerunner to Healthwatch.  I decided to get back in touch again as I love to help and meet people and it also helps to keep me active and gives me a focus to my days.

So far I have helped to host information stands at community events and took part in various training sessions as part of my induction. 

In my spare time I love doing housework, so when I am at home I clean the house most days and I always say that the outside of your home reflects the inside!

Bridget Eichie

I joined as a Healthwatch volunteer as I am passionate about health improvement and educating the general public about health issues and how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

So far I have had the opportunity to co-host an information stand, chatting to people about who we are and what we do as an organisation, signposting them to services that are available within the NHS and also receiving their views and experiences on services they have used. This was a big eye opener for me as people’s experiences and views varies from person to person.

I have also been at stroke groups with patients, families and carers – a very interactive and informative session on changes and accessing local NHS services to help patients lead an independent life irrespective of their health challenges.

Overall, it has been an interesting and informative experience for me at Healthwatch and I look forward to more engagements.

Audrey Hodgson

I’ve always liked talking to people and Healthwatch gives me the opportunity to do that. I joined Healthwatch in 2019 after a Healthwatch volunteer friend suggested that I would enjoy the ‘work’ that she did, and I do, I love it. 

So far I’ve helped host a few information stands, which gave me the opportunity to get the views and opinions of the general public on their local healthcare services. I’ve also as a result of being a Healthwatch volunteer had the opportunity to take part in patient led assessments of local hospitals, a very rewarding experience and a real eye opener to the problems faced in our NHS. 

In my spare time I’m a member of the U3A, and participate in a number of activities including Kurling, a local history group and quizzes. I also love walking my dogs and I’m in a group which has regular meets for walking and chatting.

Gaynor Mitchell

I joined the Healthwatch team as a Healthwatch champion in October 2019. I have a disabled son and over the years I have appreciated the advice and support I have received from independent organisations and I know the peace of mind that knowing your loved one is receiving good care brings as is the case with our son.

I am delighted to have new opportunities with Healthwatch to talk to people about their individual experiences both good and bad so this information can be passed on to Health and Social Care services.

As a volunteer with Healthwatch I have received e-Training online in ‘Safeguarding Adults’ and ‘Safeguarding Children’ and enjoyed a visit to a Care Home and talking to residents also attending the SEND conference too.

I look forward to many more opportunities with Healthwatch in the future.

I am interested in Botany and enjoy Pilates classes, walking and jogging – slowly.

Pauline Scott

I have been volunteering with Healthwatch Sunderland since February/March 2017, undertaking surveys in GP practices, participating in the 'enter and view' work at care homes and working on information stands. In addition, I have also participated in a few ad-hoc projects which have been really interesting and informative. I feel that volunteering has benefited me by gaining new experiences, insights and learning through the training received.

In my spare time I enjoy Yoga and Pilates and go to regular classes on a weekly basis.

Grace Weir

I became a Volunteer Champion back in spring 2016. During this time I have been out and about in the community engaging with members of the public to find out what they thing about the health and social care services on offer in our city. I really enjoy conversing with people and have plenty of opportunities to do this in my role here at Healthwatch Sunderland.

In my spare time I enjoy walking and going along to my local gym.

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