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Experiences of Volunteering with Healthwatch Redbridge

 

Neil is an Enter and View volunteer

 


1. What do you enjoy about volunteering for Healthwatch Redbridge?

 

I like to make a difference. You are not just representing yourself, you are representing the public. Anyone who’s hard of hearing or partially sighted can do it, there’s no limits.  I like volunteering because I like to do lots of social interaction with other people.


2. What do you feel you’ve achieved during your time volunteering?

 

I’ve gained new skills like how to observe, gathering information, how to work with people, what sort of language to use, how to address managers and work with them.

 

I’ve done a presentation in front of approximately 60 people about Accessible Information Standards. I felt nervous at first and then relieved. It’s given me confidence for the next one. I’ve learnt how to get my voice heard across the room.

 

3. Would you recommend volunteering for Healthwatch Redbridge?  If yes, why?

 

 
If you care about health and want to make a difference and help make changes to how health services are run you should do it.

Kiran Singh, like Neil, is also an Enter and View volunteer

 

1. What do you enjoy about volunteering with Healthwatch Redbridge?

 

Communicating with other people - everybody. Talking to people and asking they are. Building my confidence up. I used to be scared to talk to people and now I can talk to anybody. People ask me to help them and that makes me feel even more confident.

 

Got lots of training – helps me to communicate with people with learning difficulties.

 

2. What do you feel you’ve achieved during your time volunteering?

 

Helping other people to talk up for themselves.  I feel more confident about asking questions when I do an Enter & View visit. I like to try and improve services for people.

 


3.Would you recommend volunteering for Healthwatch Redbridge? If yes, why?

 

Yes to learn more about volunteering, interviewing people, getting to know them. The staff are good, they listen to people with learning difficulties and help them.