A STAFFORDSHIRE watchdog has scooped a national award for its work with volunteers.
The Healthwatch England Network initiative recognises ways in which regional organisations across the UK have helped make residents’ views heard on health and social care.
And Healthwatch Staffordshire were earlier this month named winner of the coveted Volunteering category for the contribution made by its network of 60 unpaid workers.
“We go the extra mile to ensure they’re given the training and support they need to be as effective as possible so it’s fantastic that we’ve been formally recognised in this way.”
Healthwatch Staffordshire operates a network of 60 volunteers including Enter and View representatives, researchers and advocates. It also has roles in events and engagement and marketing/promotions.
The watchdog was highly commended in two other categories at the awards ceremony, held in Nottingham (Thursday, July 6).
It’s work alongside Healthwatch Stoke-on-Trent helped gain widespread public involvement in the STP programme for the area, while there was further recognition for its work with Staffordshire orthotics campaigner Rebecca Loo.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer is urged to call 0800 051 8371 or email firstname.lastname@example.org