Volunteering Opportunities

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VOLUNTARY NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS (Chair, Finance, Inclusion & Diversity)



Passionate about health and care?

Healthwatch Hampshire seeks Non-Executive Directors to join our Board, including a Chair, a Non-Executive Director for Inclusion and Diversity, a Non-Executive Director for Finance and others with relevant expertise.

Our staff team is small and so our Board members play a more active role than a typical NHS Non-Executive Director. They have a variety of backgrounds and expertise and we are open to a range of applicants. The Board would benefit from people with experience and/or knowledge in one or more of these areas:

  • Co-production / patient and public engagement
  • Influencing at a strategic level to leaders and policy-makers
  • Adult social care, including care at home
  • Physical disability
  • Mental health, learning disability, autism
  • Health inequalities and the wider determinants of health
  • Management of not-for-profit organisations
  • Communications, both traditional and digital

For at least some places on the Board, we hope to appoint people who along with their other qualities bring personal experience of receiving health or social care either themselves, or as carers or family members.

Non-Executive Directors receive no salary; expenses are paid.

If you feel that you can contribute in this way, we would like to hear from you.





Healthwatch Wiltshire is an independent champion for people using local health and social care services in Wiltshire. We listen to what people like about services and what they think could be improved and share their views with those with the power to make change happen. We also share them with Healthwatch England, the national body, to help improve the quality of services across the country. Our sole purpose is to help make care better for people living in Wiltshire.

The Local Leadership Board takes collective responsibility for providing excellent and representative leadership for Healthwatch Wiltshire. 

The role is open to Wiltshire residents who have a strong interest in, and commitment to, improving Health and Care services in the county. Ideally, though not exclusively, the role is suited to individuals who have a working knowledge or experience in health and/or social care and some knowledge of how these services operate in Wiltshire.

Board members need to have excellent communication skills and to be strategic thinkers, with the ability to assimilate and analyse information. They are expected to exercise discretion, tact and diplomacy and have an empathetic and considerate approach to others.

If you feel that you can contribute in this way, we would like to hear from you.


Help & Care charity shop

Help & Care run a retail shop in Southbourne to support the local community.

We are looking for donations of good quality stock for resale. We are particularly looking for our best sellers - women's, men's and children's clothes and bric-a-brac. Our shop is contemporary in style and we are looking for items in good condition. Donating stock is a clear way of supporting our local charity. Stock can be dropped off at any time at our shop between 9:30 and 4:30, six days a week.

In addition, Help & Care are always looking for people to volunteer their time to help serve our customers, to help cashier and to replenish stock.

If you are interested, please get in contact:

Address: Help and Care Charity Shop.19 Southbourne Grove, Bournemouth, BH6 2QS

Email: charityshop@helpandcare.org.uk

Call: 01202 430 792

Volunteering in the local community

A group of about 50 people are registered as general volunteers; they undertake a wide range of tasks offering short term support to people.  Tasks are varied, expenses are paid and full training and ongoing support is provided. 

Here are a few examples of how our volunteers help people

  • Doing a little shopping
  • Writing a letter
  • Completing forms
  • Accompanying someone to appointments
  • Walking a dog
  • Accompanying a person on a social or leisure activity
  • Helping someone with a hobby

Our  telephone support service now runs on three afternoons a week, when a team of volunteers make regular phone contact to isolated people. 

We have a Moneyfriends scheme offering practical help (but not financial advice) to those suddenly faced with managing finances.

Our volunteers also help with a walking group and do home visits to people following bereavement.