Roles for service users and carers

We are committed to working and engaging with service users, patients, family, friends, carers and the public in a wide range of ways.

Ensuring that people’s views are heard at all levels and across all parts of the Trust is essential for creating and delivering better health and care services.

Service users and people who look after someone can get involved in the following ways:

  • Providing your views as a representative at a service improvement meeting or working group.
  • Getting involved in the recruitment and selection process of staff.
  • Helping inspect our buildings for the purposes of audit or PLACE Inspection (Patient Led Assessment of the Care Environment).
  • Co-deliver our training (as part of the Trust induction or as a Course Tutor for our Recovery Academy)
  • Speaking at an event
  • Contributing to the development of policies or reviewing information
  • And many more.

You will be paid for your time. The rate of pay is £10 per hour. Payment for mileage will be reimbursed at the same rate as our staff who use their own vehicle for business mileage (currently 56p per mile).

When a vacancy is advertised, we are looking for applications from lots of people who have used GMMH’s services, particularly in the last six months, as well as their carers and families.

There may also be occasions when someone with experience of our services over six months ago, either directly themselves, or indirectly as a family member/carer, can apply for a role.

Current opportunities are listed on this page, below, and/or advertised by flyers and on noticeboards in the services where roles are available.

Creativity & Wellbeing Co-Facilitator of Training

We are looking for someone who has used creativity to support their mental health and wellbeing to help us develop and co-facilitate our Trust Recovery Academy course. The course, Using Creativity to Improve Mental Wellbeing, aims to:

  • Understand how creativity can help reduce emotional distress.
  • Explore different creative techniques and the benefits of these.
  • Take part in different arts workshops
  • Explore creative tools that support the expression of emotions.
  • Consider how creative tools can be used in the future.

We are looking for expressions of interest from people who have used creativity to support their own mental health and wellbeing to join our existing trainer.

You will be paid for your time and we will cover any travel expenses. The rate of pay is £10 per hour.

If you are interested in applying for this co-facilitator role, please fill in he application form below and send back to Lucy Burthem, Recovery Academy, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Bury New Road, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL.

Volunteer Application Form - Template.docx [docx] 2MB

Recovery Academy - An Introduction to Listening Skills - Co-Facilitator

We are looking for someone with lived experience of mental health or addiction difficulties,  to help us co-facilitate a Trust Recovery Academy course. The course, An Introduction to Listening Skills, explores:

  • The skills which are key to effective listening.
  • Understanding the importance of body language.
  • Experiencing the power of being genuinely listened to.
  • Considering personal blocks to listening effectively.

Do you have experience of mental health or addiction difficulties? Have you experienced the power of effective listening? If yes, then we want to hear from you!

Please contact Lucy Burthem for more information regarding this role. This can be via telephone or e-mail to:

Lucy Burthem on 0161 271 0828 or

Volunteer Application Form - Template.docx [docx] 2MB

Listening Skills.docx [docx] 2MB

As a patient

As a service user, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Find resources for carers and service users  Contact the Trust