Youth Healthwatch for Torbay

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(Last Updated On: February 17, 2020)

Volunteers play a vital role at Healthwatch, helping the public have their say about health and social care. Their volunteers come from all ages and backgrounds but they are particularly interested in recruiting students and young people so that they can be involved in raising the profile of Healthwatch amongst young people and be part of plans to develop a Youth Healthwatch over the coming year.

Students and young people have found they get real benefit from volunteering with Healthwatch. They have told us:

“I would definitely recommend volunteering at Healthwatch because it opens your world up to what is really going on outside the classroom.”

“Volunteering at Healthwatch has really helped me with my course because it has meant that I am able to put real life situations into my academic writing. Also, when we are discussing theories and concepts at university, I can relate it to what I have done through volunteering, which has therefore meant that I understand the theory a lot more.”

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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!