Helping the community is the best reward – says 17 year old volunteer Daisy
Student Daisy Kelly dreams of becoming a doctor when she’s older and believes volunteering with Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire will help her achieve her goals.
Already at the age of 17, Daisy has over five and half years of volunteering under her belt and last year was recognised for her efforts when she won a regional Volunteer of the Year award.
The 17 year old, from Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, is studying health and social care, psychology and sociology at sixth form college. She explained:
“I decided to join Young Healthwatch to gain experience in the healthcare sector, to develop my skills further and help the local community.”
Daisy usually attends one meeting a month, writes blogs and helps to run first aid training.
“I have volunteered in numerous settings and by far my favourite part is helping the community with Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire.
“It’s very rewarding, and such an important part of improving health and social care services for the local community.”
Daisy would like to see local health services improve for vulnerable members of the community who she believes often face issues within the health and social care sector. She said:
“As a disabled person myself, I have found health practitioners do not always listen and provide a person-centred approach.
“Practitioners often would like to help but listening to the service user is an essential part of this, which I feel they are failing to do. Volunteering with Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire helps me gather views from the public which can then be presented to these professionals to hopefully improve services such as these.”
Daisy is encouraging other young people to consider volunteering:
“I believe everyone should be involved in volunteering! It is an amazing way to give back to the community. Even if you just do one event and find it isn’t your kind of thing, try another sector of volunteering.
“There are so many opportunities and areas that you can volunteer in, the opportunities are endless. Volunteering can be very time consuming, however there are many ways to overcome this. Volunteering roles can be very versatile, so you can cater it to your lifestyle, to ensure you do not overdo it.”
If you are under 25, why not consider becoming a member of Young Healthwatch Central Bedfordshire? Get in touch for more information – Amy.Eymor@healthwatch-centralbedfordshire.org.uk.