CHIEFS at Healthwatch Sefton are celebrating Volunteers Week by joining local organisations in thanking volunteers for their incredible support during the last year.
Diane Blair, manager of the local champion for health and care in Sefton, spoke out during the Week, which runs until June 7.
She said: “As we all know, this has been a difficult time but, without the dedication of our volunteers who stepped up to support their communities, it would have been far more difficult. Our board and team cannot thank our volunteers enough for what they have done.”
One of their volunteers, Kevin Halewood, from Crosby, explains why he became a volunteer for the prescription pick up and delivery service that Healthwatch Sefton set up in partnership with Sefton CVS as the country went into lockdown.
“People and residents in my area were very fearful and vulnerable. I heard about the prescription pickup/delivery service and I thought this would be a really useful way of helping vulnerable people who could not go out to get their medicines which would have led to other serious health issues.”
This led to Kevin volunteering with Healthwatch as their Locality Representative for Crosby, listening to people’s feedback on the health and care services they use. “I always wanted to give something back, to be of some help to my local community, and volunteering for Healthwatch means I can do this. It is very rewarding!”
For details on how you can volunteer or become involved with Healthwatch Sefton, go to: healthwatchsefton.co.uk/get-involved