Community Ambassador Volunteers help the North East Hampshire and Farnham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to plan and develop our programme of engagement so we can really get to the heart of what local people think about their local NHS services.
The CCG’s Community Ambassador Programme began because our organisation wanted to find out from a broad range of people what works and what doesn’t when we discuss your local NHS services. The CCG is responsible for planning, agreeing, funding and monitoring your local health care services and so it’s important to us that we get it right for you.
We find people who choose to join our volunteer bank have a passion to improve health care in their local area. They are community-minded people or representatives of voluntary groups supporting the community. Some may have had a particular experience or be living with long-term conditions, yet you don’t need any specific experience for this role. All we ask is that you live in or represent at least one of the five towns within our CCG boundaries. These are: Aldershot, Farnham, Farnborough, Fleet and Yateley.
Over the last 18 months the Community Ambassador Programme has evolved greatly and the volunteers within it are now a key part of our organisation, assisting in every aspect of the planning and reviewing. This could be by having a visible presence at a train station or shopping centre, it may be by drawing on their own experiences to help plan or improve services or it could be by helping us with arranging and holding an event. This is not a traditional volunteering role and the opportunities are varied. We want you to be able to fit tasks around your existing commitments and adapt them to fit your lifestyle; it’s why we run a bank of volunteers, so you can dip in and out as your interests and commitments dictate. There is no minimum commitment required and if your availability or circumstances change just let us know.
If you want to register your interest to find out more about the role, you can find a form here.
If you're interested in setting up a similar volunteer scheme, we've put together a short guide. You can download a copy here.