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Healthwatch Islington wins national award for volunteering

13/06/2016

Picture: Healthwatch Islington’s Maria Gonzalez (left) with Jane Mordue, Interim Chair of Healthwatch England.

Healthwatch Islington has won a national award that recognises the impact local Healthwatch have made to health and social care in the past year. The award, celebrated the Healthwatch that has demonstrated the vital role that volunteers play in the success of local Healthwatch.

Maria Gonzalez, who was presented with the award at the annual Healthwatch network conference on Thursday 9th June, said:

“At Healthwatch Islington we’ve always really valued our volunteers. Many of them have been with us since we started nearly 10 years ago. We do important work to improve local health and care services. Our volunteers are the front line. We're so happy that the value of their work has been recognised in this way.”

Healthwatch gives users of services a platform to influence their delivery and design. This year volunteers have gathered views from young people about mental health services, and investigated travel cost reimbursement schemes at local hospitals. They’ve also visited mental health day centres and care homes to observe how services are delivered.

Commenting on their winning entry Kristen Stephenson, Volunteer Management and Good Practice Manager at the National Council of Voluntary Organisations, said:

“Healthwatch Islington submitted a fantastic mix of materials and evidence to support the application, which really helped to bring it to life. Good evidence of volunteer-led work and its impact to local services. Involving young people as volunteers has helped to empower local people and bring benefit to Islington – congratulations.”

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