Volunteers week: 1st-7th June

(Last Updated On: May 31, 2018)


Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.

During the week, June 1-7, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.

This year, Volunteers’ Week is about volunteering for all – celebrating the huge range of people who give their time in so many ways.

It’s also a chance to think about what volunteering for everyone means to you. How can you celebrate people from every walk of life who are getting involved in volunteering?

There are all sorts of ways you can get involved in volunteering locally, from sailing with the disabled to campaigning for ‘dementia awareness’, from working with animals to gardening, guiding visitors at exhibitions or signposting patients in hospitals.

Healthwatch Torbay are appealing for people to ‘champion the voice’ of their local community by becoming a Healthwatch ‘Champion’, during National Volunteers’ Week,  engaging with your local community group or organisations and talking with them to gather their feedback and experiences with local Healthcare services.

Healthwatch Torbay Chair Dr Kevin Dixon tells us:

“We already boast a fantastic group of volunteers who are all very dedicated to making a real difference to the way our health and social care services are run. I’d like to personally thank them for all their hard work and commitment, something particularly important to recognise during National Volunteers’ Week.

As we are all consumers of healthcare services, we need to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard. Healthwatch Torbay are determined to be active in hearing from all corners of Torbay’s variety of communities, especially those that sometimes struggle to be heard.  Healthwatch Champions are vital in making this happen by ensuring that a broad range of champions are involved.”

If you want to know more, please call free on 08000 520 029, email info@healthwatchtorbay.org.uk, or visit www.healthwatchtorbay.org.uk You could even just pop into the Healthwatch offices in Paignton’s Library and Information centre, open from Monday to Friday.

Bob Jope

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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!