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!
Carer Peer Mentor
GMMH’s Achieve BST Teams are there to support people experiencing substance misuse (drug and/or alcohol) difficulties. Each team has a range of roles to support service users and their families, including nurses, recovery coordinators, support workers, psychologists and psychiatrists.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to embed Volunteer Carer Peer Mentors into these diverse teams. It is part of the NHS 10 Year Long Term Plan to integrate people with lived experience of substance use/mental health difficulties themselves into the workforce. This includes people with lived experience of caring for somebody with mental health and/or addiction difficulties. 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.
Completed application forms must be submitted to: Sarah-Jane.Truman@gmmh.nhs.uk by 13 March 2020. Interview slots will be allocated via email on the afternoon of 13 march 2020. Interviews will take place in Achieve Bolton between 10am and 1pm on either Tuesday 17 March 2020 OR Thursday 19 March 2020.
To offer information, advocacy and support to substance users accessing or seeking to access the service; to support a safe and recovery focused environment and act as a link between service users and practitioners. You will also help manage the resource materials available and encourage the participation in groups and activities.
To facilitate and / or co facilitate a wide range of group work for service users within the substance use and recovery setting; to be delivered at various sites across the Bolton borough, at the direction of Team Leaders/Team managers.
Completed Application forms must be submitted to: Sarah-Jane.Truman@gmmh.nhs.uk by 13 March 2020. Interview slots will be notified on the 13 March via email, and interviews will take place at Achieve Bolton between 10am and 1pm on either Tuesday 17 March 2020 or Thursday 19 March 2020.
Volunteer Practitioner Support
To support Recovery Coordinators and Practitioners delivering support to service users within the substance use and recovery setting; to be delivered at community sites, including home visits across the Bolton borough, at the direction of Team Manager/Team Leader.
To offer harm reduction interventions, support and advocacy to substance users accessing the Needle and Syringe Exchange. To encourage those not already accessing, to engage with structured treatment and recovery options. To work under the direction of Team Manager/Team Leader.
Completed applications submitted to: Sarah-Jane.Truman@gmmh.nhs.uk by 13 March 2020. Interview slots will be offered via email on the afternoon of 13 March 2020, with interviews taking place at Achieve Bolton between 10am and 1pm on either Tuesday 17 March or Thursday 19 March.
Volunteer Peer Mentor DWP Liaison
To promote visible recovery by liaising with Work Coaches and SMS customers facilitating referrals for treatment, improving understanding of substance use, and the barriers to employment. To enable meaningful discussions and conversations to promote access to treatment, brief intervention and support positive work related future goals. Identify relevant options for DWP customers who self-disclose, that may support their recovery.
Email completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon on Friday 13th March, successful candidates will be notified of interview time later that afternoon. Interviews will be on Weds 18th March at The Orchard.