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Oriana's experience of volunteering with Healthwatch South Tees

23 February 2018 - 10:27am

Healthwatch South Tees is the independent champion for people using local health and social care services.  We listen to what people like about services and what could be improved and share their views with those with the power to make change happen.

We have a group of volunteers who actively support us to gather feedback, hold information stalls, support us with our work plan and promote Healthwatch.

Oriana has volunteered with us for 3 years and has given an overview of her experience during that time.

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What's life like in Middlesbrough?

22 February 2018 - 4:41pm

Today, we launched the start of our campaign to get people talking about Middlesbrough. We want to listen to the insights of people that live here to understand what’s important to them and engage them in shaping the future of our communities.

As a resident of Middlesbrough myself, I thought I’d get the ball rolling…

What is life like in Middlesbrough for you and your family?

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Why we're supporting Recovery Connections’ #familiesconnected campaign

16 February 2018 - 2:35pm

Nothing is more likely to bring a tear to your eye than a story that resonates with your own struggle. Sitting in the audience at the recent Recovery Connections AGM I was impacted deeply by the courage of a mother who had braved this packed event to share publicly her experience of trying for many years to support her daughter, addicted to substances.

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A day in the life of a Community Connect development officer

29 January 2018 - 2:17pm

Ever wondered what it looks like? Its not all cups of tea and cake!

I will spare you the details of the chaos that occurs before my working day officially starts; all I will say is that I have a 16-month-old son who is very strong willed and neither getting dressed nor teeth brushing are on his list of priorities. 

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Only the lonely

21 December 2017 - 10:24am

We have all heard about the impact of loneliness and social isolation; equating to the damaging effects of smoking 15 cigarettes a day. We have reports and studies coming out of our ears.

We know it’s a huge issue but what are we doing about it?

Since October this year I started working on a relatively new service, Community Connect, as a development officer.

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