GMMH wholeheartedly recognises the value of volunteering for our service users and carers, our staff, and you yourselves as volunteers. We actively encourage the involvement of volunteers across all services, both clinical and corporate.
Volunteers provide a valuable service to the Trust, therefore, it is essential that we recruit, induct and support you properly. Not only does this ensure you feel valued and supported, but it ensures safe practice as our service users are often vulnerable adults and children.
We know that the direct involvement of volunteers in delivering our services can foster better engagement with our service users and carers, empower individuals and communities, and contribute to more responsive services. Volunteering can promote good physical and mental health for you as volunteers yourselves and our service users and carers.
It is part of the national NHS Five Year Plan to integrate people with lived experience of mental health difficulties themselves into the workforce. Our service users tell us that they would welcome support from someone who has experience of what they are going through in order to help them in their recovery journey. We have feedback from service users and Volunteer Peer Mentors in our services that tells us that creating this connection between peers offers people hope, aspiration and motivation.
That is why many of our volunteer opportunities are for Peer Mentors and Buddies, but we also have many other opportunities as well. In our in-patient areas for example our service users tell us that although the quality of care is high, they do experience boredom which can exacerbate their condition. Therefore we also have opportunities for Volunteer Activity Assistants in our in-patient areas.
We also recognise that volunteering is a valuable means to support career development for those needing to gain experience in order to pursue their career. As such, we welcome applications for students and the general public.
When we have a vacancy for a volunteer we will list it below. Please click on the opportunities available and pay particular attention to the requirements for the role. You will need to complete our Trust Volunteer Application Form which you can download in order to apply. Please return your completed application form to the contact detailed in the advertisement by the closing date specified.
Thank you and good luck!
Royal Salford Hospital Meadowbrook Carer Peer Mentor
Meadowbrook Adult Acute Inpatient Service in Salford are currently seeking applications from carers, family or friends of our service users to join our team as peer mentors. Meadowbrook Unit has 4 inpatient wards and provides 24 hour care within a therapeutic environment for female and male service users aged 18 and over.
It is part of the NHS 10 Year Long Term Plan to integrate people with lived experience of mental health difficulties themselves into the workforce. Carers, family/friends of our service users tell us that they would welcome support from someone who has experience of what they are going through in order to help them increase their resilience, develop support networks and to continue caring.
What will I do as a peer mentor?
- Use your own lived experience of being a carer of somebody with mental health and/or addiction difficulties to enrich your relationship with service users and mentor them
- Respect individual’s rights to choose the interventions that will help and support them in their own recovery journey
- Support people in these interventions which may be individual or group based and can include psychological interventions and/or practical interventions such as accessing education, training, employment and leisure activities.
- Comply with all Trust policies and procedures particularly in relation to safeguarding and information sharing
- Work as part of the Multi-Disciplinary Team and receive and share information within that team in order to safeguard individuals and support them to work towards their goals
This role is unpaid, but we will refund all travel expenses for training and volunteering in line with Trust policy.
If you have any questions, wish to discuss the role further, or wish to submit your expression of interest, please call Cara Oates on 0161 358 1471 or email email@example.com
The closing date for expressions of interest from people who want to be part of the interviewing process is Sunday 13th October 2019.
Young People’s Services (CAMHS) Volunteer Gardener
We are looking for individuals with gardening skills who can motivate and encourage young people to develop a summer project of gardening activities in Junction 17.
You will work with young people to develop the external garden areas surrounding Junction 17 Day Service, in order to support skill building and enhance the outdoor space supporting their health and well-being.
If you have knowledge and/or experience of gardening, team building skills and an understanding of mental health and the recovery process we would like to hear from you.
For further information and application form, please contact Noreen McCole, Engagement Co-ordinator, on 0161 271 0294 or email: Noreen.McCole@gmmh.nhs.uk.