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

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 Sunday 21st April 2019.

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

Meadowbrook Volunteering Application Form.docx [docx] 186KB

 

Park House - Outpatients Meet and Greet

Park House is mental health unit based at North Manchester General Hospital, containing 9 inpatient wards and an outpatient department. The outpatient department is where our service users attend for reviews and treatment with various professionals and specialisms.

The Meet and Greet volunteer will be located in one of the entrances within Park House, NMGH and offer direction and assistance to visitors coming into the hospital.  This service is offered Monday to Friday

An exciting opportunity has arisen to welcome a Meet and Greet volunteer into our Outpatient Department.  This is a brand new role within the team.  We hope that the volunteer will be able to greet any visitors to our unit, providing and warm and friendly welcome to our services. We would like the service to be provided Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

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 Maureen Cummings on 0161 358 6989 or email maureen.cummings@gmmh.nhs.uk

The closing date is Sunday 21 April 2019.

Meet & Greet Oupatients Park House.docx [docx] 192KB

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

 

Meadowbrook Unit Salford Volunteer Peer Mentor

Meadowbrook Adult Acute Inpatient Service in Salford are currently seeking applications from service users and carers 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 national NHS Five Year Forward 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 other services that tells us that creating this connection between peers offers people hope, aspiration and motivation.

As part of this opportunity to become a Volunteer Peer Mentor at Meadowbrook unit, we are offering a level 2 Open Awards quality assured training programme. Please see below the requirements that you must be able to meet in order to apply for this role.

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 cara.oates@gmmh.nhs.uk

The closing date is Sunday 31st March 2019.

Volunteer Peer Mentor Recruitment.docx [docx] 221KB

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

 

Best Choices Bolton Administration Volunteer

The Best Choices service is a partnership between Bolton Council and Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.  We work with people with a mental health diagnosis and/or a learning disability who are referred to the service by a health and social care professional.  We provide one to one support and recovery-focused groups, supporting people to develop their practical and personal skills, access their community, or secure paid or voluntary employment.

We are looking for an Administration Volunteer to work as part of the Best Choices team.  If you are looking for an opportunity to develop your skills and experience in reception and administrative duties, and gain knowledge of working within a mental health and learning disability service, then we would like to hear from you.

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 about the role, please contact Kate Rothwell on 01204 337523.

 Please return completed application forms to katherine.rothwell@gmmh.nhs.uk

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday 29th March 2019.  If we receive a high number of applications, we will shortlist based on the criteria in the role description.

Best Choices - Administration Volunteer Role Description.docx [docx] 185KB

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

 

 

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