After spending most of my life in and out of hospital, I want to help make a difference and improve services for people.

Our volunteers are at the heart of what we do.

Our volunteers are out in the community everyday listening to people to find out if health and care is working for them

Whether you want to gain valuable work experience, help improve care in your community or learn new skills, there are lots of ways you can join us to make a real difference.

Our volunteers support us in many different ways. From speaking to local people to find out what they think about health and care, to using these views to influence those who run services, volunteers play an important role at Healthwatch.

Become a Healthwatch volunteer

If you've felt inspired by any of the stories we've shared get in touch with your local Healthwatch to find out how you can volunteer with us. 

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Celebrating our volunteers

Volunteers at a stand

We spoke to three Healthwatch volunteers about how their different experiences and backgrounds help them in their work to give people a voice and make a difference in their community.

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The difference you can make

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Ben volunteers at Healthwatch Rochdale and talks to us about the difference our volunteers make and the benefits that it can bring.

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3,700 +

people volunteered their time last year to help make a difference to local health and care services.

Healthwatch volunteers speaking to one another

What can I do as a volunteer?

There are lots of benefits to volunteering with your local Healthwatch, whether you want to help give a voice to people in your community or develop your professional skills in a health and social care organisation.

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Through volunteering, I have constantly felt like I'm doing something positive, and making a difference to health and social care