Health and social care champion Healthwatch Blackpool will celebrate the difference volunteers make to their community during this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which runs from 1-7 June.

Our volunteers offer their time to Healthwatch Blackpool in its work to make health and care services meet the needs of local people.

They are regularly out talking and listening to people in the community, finding out what is good and what could be improved about local health and social care services. They are often found at community events, but also visit the services themselves to speak to patients and gather their views.

By helping people have their say about NHS and social care services, volunteers at Healthwatch Blackpool donate many hours of their time last year.

They are also part of a network of more than 5,000 people who are involved with Healthwatch across the country.

The work at each local Healthwatch contributes to work at Healthwatch England in its mission to ensure that people are at the heart of care.

Sheralee Tuner-Birchall, Strategic Lead at Healthwatch Blackpool, said: “Our volunteers are just fantastic, they not only give their time to us, but offer a totally different perspective to our thinking and approach to our projects and activities. Our volunteers have valuable insight into the communities in which they live and work and help us reach out to those who are seldom or never heard.  Whilst we have Volunteers Week giving national recognition to volunteers, I would just like to say a ‘huge thank you’ every day to our volunteers, for the massive contribution they make to the work of Healthwatch Blackpool and making a difference to health and social care across Blackpool”.

Volunteers at Healthwatch Blackpool will be joining staff at our Volunteer Picnic being held at the Empowerment Base, 333 Bispham Road, Blackpool on Tuesday the 4thJune to celebrate Volunteers’ Week.

All volunteers with Healthwatch Blackpool go through a full training and personal development programme.  They are given a comprehensive volunteer handbook and welcome pack, as well as having access to up to date policies and procedures. Out of pocket expenses are also reimbursed.

To find out more about volunteering with Healthwatch Blackpool call Sheralee on 0300 3232 100 (option 4) or email [email protected]or visit

If you are unable to volunteer, you can still make a difference by sharing your experiences of health and social care services with us. No matter how big or small, we want to hear about it. Visit or call 0300 32 32 100 (option 4).