Volunteering – Frequently Asked Questions

Who can volunteer?

To volunteer with us, you must either reside within Birmingham or be a service user of health and social care within the city and over 18 years of age.

We believe that everyone is unique and has something valuable to contribute from sharing life experiences, skills and knowledge to untapped talent and the willingness to make a real difference to society. You do not need any qualifications to volunteer with us. Just a willingness to listen and talk to a range of individuals, an open mind and a desire to raise the voice of local people.

How much time would I need to give?

As a Healthwatch Volunteer you can undertake as much or as little as you like from a range of specific roles. Volunteering your time should not be taxing but rewarding to benefit you and the wider community. Times are flexible to work around you and we ask for a commitment of one day a month minimum.

Do I need to have a DBS check (Disclosure and Barring Service – criminal records check)?

Some roles will require this check which we will pay for, as we have a duty to protect vulnerable people including children that we work with. If the role you wish to apply for requires a DBS check we will guide you through this process.

Equal Opportunities

Healthwatch Birmingham welcomes volunteer applications from all citizens of the community and is committed to treating everyone equally. Please let us know if you have any needs that you would like to us to take into account (e.g. disability, health issues, caring responsibilities). If you have any concerns and would like to talk to us about your specific needs, you can give us a call on 0800 652 5278/0121 6360990, or email info@healthwatchbirmingham.co.uk, and we can give you more information about the roles that are accessible.

Will volunteering affect my benefits?

Volunteering will not affect your benefits and you can volunteer as many hours as you like. However you must inform your job coach or benefits adviser if you intend to start volunteering.

I am an asylum seeker. Can I volunteer?

Yes. You can volunteer with us if you are an asylum seeker, or even a refused asylum seeker waiting to go home, as we are a non-profit organisation.

Get in touch

If you can’t find an answer to your query and would prefer to chat to us about volunteering, or would like help with filling in the registration form, please get in touch by calling us on 0800 652 5278/0121 6360990 or emailing us at info@healthwatchbirmingham.co.uk.

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