Your Chance to be a Healthwatch Champion

(Last Updated On: October 21, 2018)

Drive for ‘Champions’ Launched

Healthwatch Torbay are launching a campaign to recruit a team of ‘champions’ to give the people of Torbay a stronger voice to influence how health and social care services are provided locally.

‘Champions’ support engagement work in communities by being active in their own local area, community or an organisation they work for, representing and channelling the views of local people. It is a truly vital role, according to Healthwatch Torbay Chief Executive Pat Harris:

“As we are all consumers of health and social care services, we need to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard, especially those who sometimes struggle to be listened to. Healthwatch Champions are vital in making this happen by ensuring that a broad range of community groups, organisations and local residents are involved.”

A champion could be an individual or a representative from an organisation, or a local resident with a specific area of interest or expertise within their community. They will have the opportunity to share their views, provide information, advice and  support, and also to get involved in other Healthwatch Torbay events, consultations and surveys. They could even run a focus group or undertake a target piece of work relevant to their community or support group, potentially supported by a small grant scheme.

Potential local Healthwatch Champions should call us free on 08000 520 029.

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Apart from five years studying in Oxford I’ve lived most of my life in London where for many years I was Head of English in a prestigious girls’ school, but since taking early retirement and heading West to be nearer to my two daughters - settling in Torbay with my wife, Anna, in 2011 - I’ve worked in the voluntary sector. I took on the role of Service Provider, for example, promoting the Red Cross Torbay Navigators Project, while now I’m a Trustee and part of the Media Team for our local Healthwatch. I’m a governor at Torquay Academy, too, giving me the chance to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of education. Other interests, aside from friends and family, include art and art history, reading - from contemporary fiction and poetry to Elizabethan/Jacobean literature - history, politics, cooking, walking, and music, in particular Bob Dylan, the blues, and early Elvis. I love writing, too, with one novel published so far – Elvis in Wonderland – and another, Who’s There?, that still needs plenty of work!