Volunteering

volunteers

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!

Current Opportunities

North Manchester General Hospital Park House - Gardener

Greater Manchester Mental Health’s Occupational Therapy Team work city wide across the acute inpatient mental health wards.  We are based at both Park House (North Manchester General Hospital).

 

An exciting opportunity has arisen to welcome Gardening volunteers into our Ward Teams.  This is a brand new role within the service. 

We are looking for:

  • 6 x gardening volunteers for Park House (North Manchester General Hospital) covering our male and female acute inpatient wards which includes Juniper ward (Male Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit)

There is strong evidence supporting the value of gardening and the positive impact it can have on a person’s health and wellbeing. We are looking for someone who has a knowledge of gardening and plant care (whether professionally or as a hobby), you may be a self-starter who has built up knowledge over the years. Our team are particularly interested in developing a sensory aspect to the gardens.

This role is unpaid; however, we will reimburse all travel expenses for training and volunteering in line with Trust Policy.

If you have any questions please contact Leanne Hopwood on 0161 271 0803. Please email completed applications to leanne.hopwood@gmmh.nhs.uk

The closing date for applications is 11 August 2019.

Park House Gardener.docx [docx] 36KB

GMMH Volunteering Application Form 2019.docx [docx] 59KB

North Manchester General Hospital Park House Activities Assistant

Park House provides inpatient mental health services for adults. We have a range of services including both male and female acute wards, a male PICU and an Assessment unit. We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic volunteers to join our existing team to provide a range of diversional activities to support our patients’ recovery and to improve their experience of being a patient with us.

Feedback from our inpatient surveys tells us that whilst our patients rate the quality of care highly, they do report that they experience boredom.  The Volunteer Activities Assistant role has been developed to help alleviate this boredom and to demonstrate to our patients that we are listening to them and really do care. It complements the work of our Technical Instructors and Occupational Therapists and aims to improve our patient’s treatment outcomes.

The role involves delivering activities such as arts and crafts, beauty care, discussion groups and games (we do welcome ideas for new activities) and encouraging patient participation. It also involves providing social support - a warm welcome, a cup of tea or coffee and a listening ear.

 

This role is unpaid; however, we will reimburse all travel expenses for training and volunteering in line with Trust Policy.

If you have any questions please contact Leanne Hopwood on 0161 271 0803. Please email completed applications to leanne.hopwood@gmmh.nhs.uk

The closing date for applications is 11 August 2019.

Park House Activities Assistant.docx [docx] 189KB

GMMH Volunteering Application Form 2019.docx [docx] 59KB

 

 

Trafford Moorside Activities Assistant

The Moorside Unit at Trafford General Hospital provides inpatient mental health services for adults and older people. We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic volunteers to join our existing team to provide a range of diversional activities to support our patients’ recovery and to improve their experience of being a patient with us.

Feedback from our inpatient surveys tells us that whilst our patients rate the quality of care highly, they do report that they experience boredom.  The Volunteer Activities Assistant role has been developed to help alleviate this boredom and to demonstrate to our patients that we are listening to them and really do care. It complements the work of our Support Time Recovery Workers and Occupational Therapists and aims to improve our patient’s treatment outcomes.

The role involves co-delivering activities such as arts and crafts, beauty care, discussion groups and games (we do welcome ideas for new activities) and encouraging patient participation. It also involves providing social support - a warm welcome, a cup of tea or coffee and a listening ear.  Please note that we are particularly keen to hear from you if you are available in the evenings or at weekends.  

This role is unpaid; however, we will reimburse all travel expenses for training and volunteering in line with Trust Policy.

If you have any questions please contact Rhona Morrissey on 0161 357 1328. Please email completed applications to Rhona.morrissey@gmmh.nhs.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday 26th July 2019.

Volunteer Activities Assistant Role Description-Moorside.pdf [pdf] 284KB

Volunteer Application Form Nov 18.docx [docx] 46KB

 

Meadowbrook Activities Assistant

The Meadowbrook Unit at Salford Royal provides inpatient mental health services for adults. We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic volunteers to join our existing team to provide a range of diversional activities to support our patients’ recovery and to improve their experience of being a patient with us.

Feedback from our inpatient surveys tells us that whilst our patients rate the quality of care highly, they do report that they experience boredom. The Volunteer Activities Assistant role has been developed to help alleviate this boredom and to demonstrate to our patients that we are listening to them and really do care. It complements the work of our Support Time Recovery Workers and Occupational Therapists and aims to improve our patient’s treatment outcomes.

The role involves co-delivering activities such as arts and crafts, beauty care, discussion groups and games (we do welcome ideas for new activities) and encouraging patient participation. It also involves providing social support - a warm welcome, a cup of tea or coffee and a listening ear.

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 Kvetka Chadwick on 0161 271 0810 or email kvetka.chadwick@gmmh.nhs.uk

The closing date is 31st August 2019.

Meadowbrook Activities Assistant Role Description.pdf [pdf] 212KB

Meadowbrook Volunteering Application Form.docx [docx] 186KB

 

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.

J17 Volunteer Gardener [pdf] 302KB