Volunteers

MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS

Lorna Farr

Lorna Farr

Volunteer

Community Engagement Volunteer Lorna is also an ‘authorised representative’ and part of our ‘Enter and View’ team.

Lorna’s experience includes holding a variety of clinical, leadership and managerial roles within the NHS, both in in-patient care but also within the community, working closely with social services and other partnership agencies, clinical commissioning and in the area of advocacy.

Lorna said: “With my professional background, along with having been both a patient and carer of family members using health and social services, I know what experience of services I would wish for me and my family. In volunteering, I hope to be able to support others to have a voice, sharing their experiences to make services readily accessible and better for all."

Maggie Murray

Maggie Murray

Volunteer

Maggie joined us in August 2019 as a Healthwatch Northumberland Community Engagement Volunteer. She is also an ‘authorised representative’ and a key member of our ‘Enter and View’ team.

Maggie has a wealth of professional experience in healthcare – initially in nursing and subsequently in health visiting and health promotion at a senior level. She also has both professional and personal experience of social care settings.

Maggie says “since retiring, I am pleased if I can be of help in supporting people to have access to health and care services. Listening to people‘s views, experiences and needs is vital, and if I can make some difference then that’s what being a member of the Healthwatch Northumberland team is all about."

Anna Slowie

Anna Slowie

Volunteer

Anna joined Healthwatch Northumberland in November 2019 as our Resource Design Volunteer; she is helping us to ensure that our materials are accessible to as many people across the county as possible. Anna is passionate about removing the barriers that people with health needs and their families can face when trying to access the care that they need. As a young carer and a volunteer in her local community, Anna brings a huge amount of personal experience to the role.

Anna says “It’s so important that everyone can feel confident accessing the services they need and have the ability to understand their options with their care. I’m looking forward to being able to help in any way possible.”

Colin Nevin

Colin Nevin

Volunteer

Having volunteered with Healthwatch Northumberland in the past, Colin re-joined the team in 2020 as a Community Engagement Volunteer.

Colin has much experience from across the voluntary sector, having worked with organisations including The Salvation Army, the scouts, Northumberland County Blind Association, and currently Northumberland CVA. He was the chairman of Seaton Park Medical Group’s Patient Participation Group and was involved with Healthwatch Northumberland’s mental health task group.

Colin says “I have always been interested in hearing what people have to say and going out of my way to help wherever I can I am keen to use my experience to help improve health and social care for everyone..”

Leah Perrie

Leah Perrie

Volunteer

Our Office Support Volunteer Leah enjoys helping people and she is interested in pursuing a career in nursing or another caring profession when she leaves school.

Leah holds two other voluntary positions in her local community and she is keen to share her skills with the Healthwatch Northumberland team in any way she can.

Leah said: “I joined Healthwatch Northumberland because I enjoy spending time helping others and think it is important to learn more about what is going on in my community. I am looking forward to seeing what skills and experience I get out of volunteering with the team that I will hopefully be able to use in the future.”

Harry Dracup

Harry Dracup

Volunteer

Harry joined Healthwatch Northumberland in January 2020 as our Communication Support Volunteer. Harry is a business studies student with a particular interest in digital marketing, and he is keen to use his skills to help promote Healthwatch Northumberland and the work that we do.

Harry says "I joined Healthwatch Northumberland as a volunteer to learn new skills from the experienced team and to improve the public’s understanding of what Healthwatch does. I want people to know how they can benefit from giving us a call, filling out one of our surveys or using our signposting service.”

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