PRESS RELEASE: Local Healthwatch launches daily online sessions to support people during Covid-19 pandemic

Local Healthwatch launches daily online sessions to support people during Covid-19 pandemic
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New support for local people

Online support in Doncaster has a new addition during these unique times as Healthwatch Doncaster introduces Daily Dose, a safe virtual space for people to engage, be informed and influence by sharing their stories.

Healthwatch Doncaster is keen to redefine how engagement opportunities are delivered and are fully maximising online avenues to do this, aiming to help bridge the gap between the public and health and social care services.

‘Daily dose’ hopes to provide people in the Borough an opportunity to share their views and opinions from how they are accessing health and social care services to where they are going for support relating to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Community Engagement Officer Natalie Bowler-Smith said:

“We hope that by structuring our project around daily delivery of engagement, whilst still offering support and advice, we will offer people an opportunity to structure their days and utilise our campaign to remember the days of the week.”

Daily topics

Each day has as different topic that hopes to provide a mixture of inspiration, sharing stories, and bringing a change to daily conversations. There is no password required to join our Zoom meetings.

Make a difference Monday – 11am – Facebook Live

Help make positive change happen in your local community

Talk to us Tuesday – 11am to 12pm – Zoom ID: 847-915-9356

Join our team for a friendly chat

What’s YOUR story? Wednesday – 11am to 12pm – Zoom ID: 847-915-9356

Tell us about your experiences

Tech Thursday – 11am to 12pm – Zoom ID: 847-915-9356

Help you make the most of the digital world

Feel good Friday – 11am to 12pm – Facebook Live or Zoom ID: 847-915-9356

Helping you start the weekend feeling good.

Andrew Goodall, Chief Operating Officer of Healthwatch Doncaster, said:

“Engage, Inform Influence has always been the message behind our engagement activities, and during Covid-19 we’ve adapted our approach to realise that many people will want to keep supported and informed by online channels."

All sessions will be delivered via Zoom except for Monday’s Make A Difference that will be broadcast on Facebook Live. Each daily dose will be delivered at the same time each day at 11am, to further compliment the structure of daily routines.

Local involvement

There has even been interest from local business and community groups who have offered their time in kind to keep their local community going.

Doncaster hypnotherapist Karen Lewchenco, who will be involved in a Daily Dose session, said: “I am honoured to take part in this project as we are all trying to do our bit to help people keep going.”

Get involved

If you are a local organisation or business who would like to contribute to our daily dose, get in touch today 

Email us

You can stay informed about the sessions and the relevant Zoom meeting details by our website at www.healthwatchdoncaster.org.uk/dailydose or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

NOTES TO EDITORS

Healthwatch Doncaster is a Community Interest Company as of 1st July 2016, working across Doncaster supporting the improvement of health and care services through engagement, involvement and influence.

This entails engagement work throughout the community and signposting people to the right service.

Due to the Covid-19 situation, all existing delivery of Healthwatch activities has been conducted remotely since the 17th March 2020.

Press release contact:

Community Engagement Officer Natalie Bowler-Smith

[email protected]

07510 5960461

Chief Operating Officer Andrew Goodall

[email protected]

07834 686855

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