Local charity Healthwatch Lincolnshire will be celebrating the difference volunteers make to their organisation and thanking them for all their time and dedication during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June. 

On the 4th and 6th June, Healthwatch Lincolnshire will be holding two events to recognise the difference volunteers make to the organisation. The events are the perfect opportunity for Healthwatch to say ‘thank you’ to their volunteers. They also give volunteers the chance to meet up, share their experiences, talk to members of the Board and receive organisational updates.

Emma Batty, Volunteer Officer says “It’s really important to us to be able to give something back to our volunteers. Volunteers’ Week is a great time to thank volunteers for their contribution and recognise the huge number of hours they give. We couldn’t do what we do without them.”

Healthwatch Lincolnshire is an independent public voice for Health and Social Care with three core functions; to influence change and bring about improvements in local Health and Social Care Services; watchdog services, escalating concerns and instigating action and to signpost, helping members of the public if they are lost in the system or who need help and guidance.

Healthwatch Lincolnshire have a team of 40 volunteers committed to improving health services in the county. Volunteer roles include gathering the views of the public at GP surgeries and hospitals, research and reader panel work from home, authorised representative engagements at Care Homes and Care Providers, targeted project work and administration at the Healthwatch Lincolnshire office.

 “Volunteers play a vital role in our organisation, we are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to join us so we can do more to improve health and social care services for everyone in the county.  If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with Healthwatch Lincolnshire, contact us on info@healthwatchlincolnshire.co.uk. Tel: 01205 820892”

 During Volunteers’ Week, charities across the UK will also be holding events to thank their volunteers and celebrate the power of volunteering, last year there were over 600 events across the country.  For many charities the week will be a chance to showcase the range of volunteering opportunities on offer. Volunteer fairs and other events will be encouraged people to try volunteering for the first time and help people find out how, through volunteering, they can make a difference to a cause they are passionate about.