Volunteers’ Week 2019: Why I volunteer

Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and develop new skills, which is why ex-teacher Lyn and her husband John decided to get involved with all of us at Healthwatch Kent.
A volunteer handing a balloon over to a young child in a pram.

Developing new skills 

“As an ex-headteacher I first thought I would like to volunteer for a school, but after I spoke to Healthwatch, I decided to try something different.

“Volunteering has been a huge learning curve, it’s like learning a whole new career. But both John and I are now confident at speaking with health commissioners, service providers, clinicians and other local people, because of the skills Healthwatch have helped us develop.

Getting involved in the decision-making

“We are very proud to be part of a group of patients who scrutinise health and social care consultations. What is more rewarding than knowing that your voice can make a difference to how services are developed and improved?”

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