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.”

Ann Crosland

Ann Crosland

Volunteer

Ann joined the Healthwatch Northumberland team in March 2020 as a Community Engagement Volunteer.

Ann brings a huge amount of professional experience to the team, having worked in hospital settings, primary care, public health and also as a senior health researcher.

She is passionate about giving people who use health and social care services a voice and working with others to improve care for everyone.

Ann Mabire

Ann Mabire

Volunteer

Ann is one of our Community Engagement Volunteers. She is also an ‘authorised representative’ and an important member of Healthwatch Northumberland’s ‘Enter and View’ team. Ann volunteers for a number of different organisations, offering her skills in communication and counselling. She has a wealth of professional and personal experience including administration, support work, counselling and mentoring.

Ann says “I felt that volunteering with Healthwatch Northumberland would enhance my knowledge and skills, whilst looking for paid work. I feel that it is important to engage with others in our everyday lives to avoid social isolation. Voluntary work certainly gives me a focus."

Larraine Regan

Larraine Regan

Volunteer

Larraine joined Healthwatch Northumberland in September 2019 as a Community Engagement Volunteer.

She brings a wealth of professional experience to the team – her background is in nursing but she also held a senior position for a national organisation and acted as a magistrate for many years. She has personal experience of using health care services and now wishes to use her knowledge and skills to make a positive difference to others.

Larraine says “I believe the way we are treated by the health and care systems is as important as the treatment we receive.”

Hayley Hall

Hayley Hall

Volunteer

Hayley joined the volunteer team here at Healthwatch Northumberland in July 2020 as a Community Engagement Volunteer. Hayley brings her professional experience from health care settings to the role, and she is keen to use her one-to-one skills to hear about the experiences of health services from a patient perspective.

Talking about her reasons for volunteering, Hayley says “After a period of mental ill-health I wanted a more balanced life. Volunteering seemed an ideal way to do this, especially with Healthwatch Northumberland and its focus on patients and carers.”

Angela Long

Angela Long

Volunteer

Having previously helped to develop our volunteering resources by offering the perspective of a ‘potential volunteer’, Angela joined us as a Community Engagement Volunteer in February 2020.

Angela recently completed a master’s degree in Health Psychology and is keen to put her knowledge and skills to good use. Currently a Health Psychology PhD research student, she also brings a wealth of experience from her work as a Specialist Employment Coach and as a volunteer at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

She says “I have always felt passionate about supporting people around their health and wellbeing. I enjoy being part of an organisation that gives a voice to service users which can help to bring real improvements to the care that is provided in our communities”

Anne Armstrong

Anne Armstrong

Volunteer

Previously a member of the Healthwatch Northumberland staff team, Anne returned to the team in March 2020 as a Community Engagement Volunteer.

Anne brings a huge amount of experience to the role, particularly in the area of social care where she worked for over 40 years, latterly at senior management level with Barnardos and Action for Children. Anne is passionate about promoting health and social care across Northumberland, as she feels these services have been good to her and she would like to give something back.
She says “My volunteering role has enabled me to make a contribution and feel connected, which has been both rewarding and worthwhile.”

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