Healthwatch Bucks turns 10 years old this week. During the past decade, we’ve heard thousands of stories from people in our community about health and social care – feedback that’s helped us make a difference to how local services are run.

To mark this special birthday, we want to celebrate the work we’ve done, the people who have helped us make a difference and the impact we’ve had on local health and social care.

Introducing Barry Clarke, OBE

Barry Clarke is a Healthwatch Hero and longstanding volunteer at Healthwatch Bucks.

Formerly Chair of Save The Children UK, Barry has lived in Farnham Common for 40 years. He has served as Vice-Chair of Community Impact Bucks and Healthwatch Bucks, and still works as a strategic consultant for non-profit organisations that focus on social and environmental sustainability.

Here, Barry explains his committed and continuing support for Healthwatch Bucks.

I’m a volunteer for Healthwatch Bucks because it enables me to use my experience in business and the voluntary sector, putting it to good use in improving health and social care. After a working life in marketing and communications, and my service as a founder director of Community Impact Bucks and Healthwatch Bucks, I now support Healthwatch and other local organisations when they need help in strategic planning, governance and communications.

Over the past two years, I have helped the leaders plan the future of Healthwatch and support their work in explaining what this organisation does to help improve health and social care in our county. I give a little of my time and, in return, I feel the satisfaction of making a small difference while always learning something new.

Help us make a difference

The whole team at Healthwatch Bucks thanks Barry for his generous support. We look forward to working with him throughout 2023-24 and beyond.

As a volunteer-led organisation, we value the contributions of local people who help to make sure our work is as effective and impactful as possible.

If you’re interested in getting involved at Healthwatch Bucks, take a look at our director vacanciessubscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media. We’ll soon be recruiting for diverse volunteers who can help us reach more people in communities we don’t often hear from – so stay tuned!

 

 

Published on 28 Mar, 2023

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