Our volunteers help Healthwatch Solihull to make a difference to health and social care services in the borough, they go out into the community to find out what people think is working and what they would like to see improved about services. We are an independent, not for profit, community interest company that works to give the public a voice in the way local services are delivered.

Our diverse team of volunteers comes from all walks of life, from sixth form and University students looking to gain experience to retired professionals looking to donate some of their spare time to a good cause. Training and support is available for every role, and experience is not essential. The most important thing we look for is a belief that people in Solihull should have the best health and social care services possible, and a desire to be part of making that happen.

Our current volunteering opportunities are:

  • Community Engagement events
  • Health and Social Care Provider visits
  • Research support
  • Admin support

Volunteering with us can help you to:

  • Make a difference to your local community
  • Meet new people
  • Enhance your skills and knowledge
  • Access training and support
  • Use your existing skills
  • Add valuable experience to your CV

Healthwatch Solihull is proud to have been awarded the Investing in Volunteer quality mark in recognition of our commitment to our volunteers.

Find the answers to some frequently asked questions about volunteering with us here

Find out what other people have said about volunteering with Healthwatch Solihull below.

Email us for more information at volunteer@healthwatchsolihull.org.uk

You can easily apply to volunteer on our online form here or if you have further questions please complete the form below

‘Volunteering for Healthwatch Solihull has really opened my eyes to the struggles of many people accessing health services in Solihull.
I was prompted to volunteer having witnessed my father’s poor treatment in various care homes  and having struggled with long term health conditions myself.
I enjoy meeting people from all walks of life and listening to their experiences.
I have visited various hospitals, GP surgeries, libraries, support groups and care homes and recently a large college where the team were able to gain feedback from young people in the community.
Volunteers are supported by a great team and relevant training.’

Jenny – Healthwatch Solihull Volunteer

James has been volunteering with us since 2019. James has been involved with Mental Health Awareness evenings, assisted writing reports and received training on report writing. With over 20 years’ experience working closely with Children’s and Adults Boards for the Children’s Society, NSPCC and Local Authority, James applies his knowledge and expertise as part of the Healthwatch Solihull Volunteer Team. James said: “I was on the Solihull Safeguarding Adults Board at the local authority when I met Healthwatch staff. Once I found out about the projects they was involved in, I realised my expertise might be beneficial. I am still excited to be a Volunteer at Solihull Healthwatch.”  

James – Healthwatch Solihull Volunteer

Volunteer Testimonials
‘I enjoy talking to the public and finding out about their experiences- good and not so good, these all help the Healthwatch team. It has given me a broader outlook on how people think in different walks of life. Giving back some spare time to help others makes me happy ‘.
‘I wanted to volunteer as I’m not well enough to work but wanted to do something worthwhile and help others. I am really concerned about people who have difficulties accessing healthcare and wanted to help make sure they are heard and not left behind’.
‘I do the volunteering to keep my mind fresh and active in similar work to what I have done before’.
‘Whenever I have volunteered I have felt valued, by the staff’.
‘I feel like my contribution is meaningful, I feel like I am contributing to the overall improvement of Healthwatch Solihull service’.
‘Everyone can bring something different to the table – different experiences’.

Volunteer Interest

What are you interested in doing with Healthwatch Solihull?