Volunteering

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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 NHS 10 Year Long Term 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

John Denmark Unit - Volunteer Activity Assistant

 

JOHN DENMARK UNIT

(Specialising in Mental Health & Deafness)

Role: Volunteer Activity Assistant

Service: Mental Health and Deafness

Location: John Denmark Unit, Prestwich Hospital Site                                              

Supervisor: TBA

 

The John Denmark Unit (JDU) is an 18 bed inpatient service specialising in mental health and deafness.

Who for?  Deaf adults use British Sign Language (BSL). Also can support other deaf, deafened and deaf/blind individuals get help to improve, help recover.

JDU important what?  Positive self-image, help see yourself in good way, improve feelings of self-worth (self-esteem). Feeling good about yourself helps people to stay well and to have good life in deaf community.

 

Role Summary /Purpose:

To work with the OT, nurse in charge and the nursing team to plan and deliver therapeutic activities, both group and individual, in line within agreed activity protocols, all of which will support our service user’s recovery needs.

 

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To plan and develop activities which are culturally and sensitively appropriate to the needs of the service users in a socially inclusive format
  • To facilitate service users to access therapeutic and recreational groups as part of their individual recovery process, alongside health care professionals
  • To motivate, encourage and support service users where appropriate
  • To manage and evaluate activities with a responsive and flexible approach
  • To work as part of the team

 

Requirements for the Role:

In order to fulfil the duties of this role we ask that you:

  • Have good communication skills, including a minimum of BSL Level 1
  • Display good Deaf Awareness skills and have an understanding of Deaf culture
  • Knowledge of mental health or a willingness to learn
  • Have a basic understanding of service users’ recovery process or a willingness to learn
  • Understand the importance of motivating and encouraging service users
  • Complete all mandatory training (within 4 weeks of starting role) and ensure you refresh your mandatory training when required.
  • Complete local induction on ward and any training deemed necessary for your role
  • Have a basic understanding of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children
  • Have a basic understanding of confidentiality and information sharing
  • Have a basic understanding of professional boundaries
  • Have respect and compassion for others and their right to choose and to be treated with dignity
  • Be willing to work as part of a team
  • Have a basic understanding of equal opportunities

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at the JDU please complete the application by clinking on the link below and forwarding to Lindsay Quar and Marie Ainsworth.

https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n10672.docx&ver=13755

Lindsay Quar (Ward Manager)  Lindsay.quar@gmmh.nhs.uk

Marie Ainsworth (Engagement Support Worker)  Marie.ainsworth@gmmh.nhs.uk

 

Please note that we strongly recommend that you check with the Benefits Agency that your commitment to volunteering does not penalise you in any way and does not affect your benefits.  This role is unpaid, however, we will refund all travel expenses for training and volunteering in line with Trust Policy.

 

Community Peer Mentor Volunteer (Liaison & Diversion)

 

Service: Liaison & Diversion Community Peer Mentor Volunteers

Location: Greater Manchester

Supervisor: Liaison & Diversion - Involvement Lead

 

Role Summary/Purpose

The Liaison & Diversion’s Community Peer Mentor volunteers are there to support individuals who have entered Police Custody and Courts across Greater Manchester, to access health and social care in their community. We are looking for people with lived experience of the Criminal Justice system and/or community services to be a part of our diverse team. Sharing your own lived experience of what helped you and the knowledge you have built navigating those support services.

The aim of a Community Peer Mentor Volunteer is to promote hope and opportunity for change for those going through challenging situations.

Our service users tell us that they value support from others who have lived experience of the criminal justice system or of vulnerabilities such as housing issues, mental health challenges, substance misuse, to name a few. It is part of the national NHS Five Year Plan to integrate people with lived experience of such 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 many service users supported by our Volunteers, that tells us that creating this connection between peers offers hope, aspiration and motivation.

 

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

Through sharing wisdom from your own experiences, you will inspire hope and belief that living well is possible for others.  You will:

  • Support and promote living well as a user led concept.
  • Emphasise hope and optimism, inspiring individuals to achieve their aspirations/goals.
  • Value experiential learning alongside other people.
  • Focus on strengths rather than deficits.
  • Provide beneficial and meaningful support
  • Support attending appointments.
  • Collaboration between those who need support and those who support them.
  • Enable and promote autonomy and self-management.
  • Navigate service users to the correct services.
  • Support service user engagement.

 

Support our service users in the community by:

 

  • Being available for at least half a day per week (hours are negotiable as this is a volunteer role but for continuity, we would ask for a weekly commitment)
  • Using your own lived experience to enrich your relationship with service users and offer mentorship in the community
  • Attending and completing our in-house Level 2 Award in Peer Mentorship
  • Respecting an individual’s rights to choose the community interventions that will help and support them in their own recovery journey
  • Supporting people to access and engage with health and social care services including GP’s, Mental Health and Substance Misuse services, education, training, employment, and leisure activities
  • Complying with all Trust policies and procedures but in particular in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and managing personal information
  • Working as part of Liaison and Diversion wider team; receiving and sharing information within that team in order support people to work towards their goals

 

Requirements for the Role:

In order to fulfil the duties of this role we ask that you:

  • Have your own lived experience of either the Criminal Justice system and/or support services
  • Can commit to at least half a day per week as a volunteer
  • Can commit to the Level 2 Award in Peer Mentorship
  • Have respect and compassion for others and their right to choose and to be treated with dignity
  • Be prepared to draw on your own lived experience to support others
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be willing to work as part of a team
  • Be proactive
  • Be willing to complete pre volunteer checks and training necessary to work with potentially vulnerable people


If you are interested in becoming a Community Peer Mentor Volunteer, please complete the application as follows and email to Natalie Dawson.  

https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n10672.docx&ver=13755

 

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me on either of the contacts below:

Mobile Number: 07385428057

Email:   Natalie.dawson@gmmh.nhs.uk

 

T his role descriptor reflects the role at the present time and may need to be adapted in the future.

We strongly recommend that if you receive benefits you check with the Benefits Agency that your commitment to volunteering does not penalise you in any way and does not affect your benefits.

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

 

Volunteer - PSI Group Co-Facilitator

Service:                                       Achieve Bury/Achieve Bolton

Speciality:                                    Drug and Alcohol Recovery

Minimum Working Hours:          4 Hours per week                            

Maximum Working Hours:         16 Hours (8 sessions available)                                     

                                                         

ROLE PURPOSE

To facilitate and / or co facilitate a wide range of group work for service users within the substance misuse setting; to be delivered at various sites across Salford at the direction of PSI & Group Work Lead.

 

KEY TASKS

  • To offer individuals the opportunity to develop their recovery skills in a structured, focused group setting; to communicate and engage with members and help them to participate more confidently in activities offered.
  • To co facilitate structured group work interventions alongside PSI colleagues.
  • To assist with, the planning and organising activities for groups. To encourage and discuss suggestions for activities and to support clients in putting their ideas in to practice
  • To assist and encourage service users to access other community based resources as appropriate
  • Welcome new group members and encourage existing members to do the same
  • Tailor support to enable more vulnerable group members to make the most of attending the group
  • Support Group coordinator to publicise group-work opportunities; liaise with front line staff regarding access criteria
  • Support delivery of PSI information sessions as required
  • To encourage and support service users to adopt safer practices and healthier lifestyles.
  • To actively promote service user and carer involvement in the planning and delivery of services.
  • Provide information about other services offered by Achieve, support the staff conducting Service User Feedback Surveys, taking Fire Safety Survey referrals and others as required.
  • Provide information about other agencies operating within the area, including providing information and referral to carer’s services. To offer support, reassurance and information to carers/family members who attend with service users.
  • Actively work as part of a team in order to create working conditions conducive to providing better and fairer services to substance users, their families and the wider community. Elicit client views to enable continual service development.
  • Regularly attend team meetings.
  • Value, promote, and manage diversity, and to actively encourage equality of opportunity in all areas of one’s work.
  • Ensure a safe environment for service users, colleagues and visitors in accordance with the Trust Health & Safety Policy.
  • Adhere to Trust policies, procedures, protocols and guidelines at all times, in particular Trust Confidentiality and Information Sharing Policy.
  • Work within agreed professional boundaries at all times.
  • Maintain quality standards in every area of ones work in accordance with quality assurance protocols for working within the substance misuse field.
  • Make use of regular supervision and support; and to take responsibility for updating personal knowledge and skills in order to meet the objectives of the post.
  • To actively promote service user and carer involvement in the planning and delivery of services.

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Willingness to/or completed the SSN training programme for volunteers.

Willingness to/or completed Group work facilitation training.

Some experience of providing support to vulnerable/socially excluded individuals/groups.

Motivated to work towards creating a safe, open & trusting environment.

Commitment to one’s own professional development.

Effective communication skills.

Basic knowledge and understanding of equal opportunities in practice.

An awareness of policies & procedures in relation to confidentiality, information sharing, and child protection.

Understand the benefits of working as a team.

Knowledge and understanding of professional boundaries in the workplace.

Prepared to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service and service user, If required following consultation.

 

If you would like to apply for the role please complete the application form below:

https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n10672.docx&ver=13755

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Team Manager:

Angela Boast on 0161 271 0020

angela.boast@gmmh.nhs.uk

 

 

Peer Mentor - Engagement & Recovery Role - Wigan Living Well

The Wigan Borough Living Well Service are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated volunteer peer mentor to work in their new community mental health service. The service provides timely access to mental health services when people need it most and provide support for people who might not traditionally meet the threshold or criteria of existing mental health services.

The role of Peer Mentor has been developed specifically for people who have lived experience of mental health or a dual diagnosis such as mental health and substance misuse. Peer Mentors work with people who may benefit from peer support, in addition to other treatment and interventions. As a Peer Mentor you will act as a role model, mentor, and ambassador for Living Well in both clinical and non-clinical environments across a range of community settings. Through sharing wisdom from your own experiences, you will also inspire hope and belief that living well is possible. 

The Wigan Borough Living Well Service will be compassionately led, trauma informed, and recovery focused. Living Well has co-produced key values and principles that all staff and peers share. As a result, our model is humanistic and person-centred. Our core values are based on creating open, honest, safe spaces and conversations where all people’s strengths are valued.

Please complete the attached volunteer application form and submit to:  Kieran.Jones@gmmh.nhs.uk.  Closing date:  1st February 2023

For further information, please contact:  Kieran.Jones@gmmh.nhs.uk

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Moorside Unit - Volunteer Gardening Assistant

Service: Moorside Unit

Location: Trafford General Hospital Supervisor:

Volunteer Gardening Assistant

 

Role Summary/Purpose:

The Moorside Unit 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 Gardening Activities Volunteer 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 leading and co-delivering light gardening activities such as weeding, planting and growing to maintain and enhance our outdoor spaces - we welcome your suggestions for new activities. It involves encouraging patients to develop their skills, to increase their selfconfidence in and enjoyment of gardening and to support their health and well-being. Please see below the requirements that you must be able to meet in order to apply for this role.

 

Role Description Requirements for the Role:

In order to fulfil the duties of this role we ask that you:

• Are aged 18 and over

• Have an understanding of mental health and the recovery process through your own lived experience, studies or work

• Have a love of gardening that you are keen to share • Are able to lead and facilitate gardening group activities

• Can commit to at least two hours per week, weekly or fortnightly Monday to Friday during the day; complete a local induction and undertake all mandatory training within four weeks of starting the role

• Are able to work as part of a team and to support your co-volunteer(s)

• Are able to listen and communicate effectively and sensitively encourage patient participation

• Have a basic understanding of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children • Have a basic understanding of confidentiality and information sharing legislation

• Have a basic understanding of professional boundaries
• Have respect and compassion for others and their right to choose and to be treated with dignity

 

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

 • To be available for at least two hours per week (hours are negotiable as this is a volunteer role, but we do ask for a weekly or fortnightly commitment Monday to Friday during the day)

• To lead and co-deliver, with at least one other volunteer or staff member, a range of light gardening activities to support our patients’ recovery and enhance their inpatient experience

• To sensitively encourage and support patients to develop their skills, to increase their selfconfidence in and enjoyment of gardening and to support their health and well-being.

• To comply with all Trust policies and procedures but in particular in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and information sharing

• To work as part of the Moorside Team to receive and share information in order to safeguard individuals and support them to work towards their recovery

 

To apply, you will need to complete an application form and demonstrate how you meet the requirements as set out in the role descriptions. Please note that the roles are voluntary but we will reimburse travel expenses in line with the Trust Volunteer Policy. If you have any queries about the roles please contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Rhona Morrissey on 0161 357 1328. 

https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n10672.docx&ver=13755

Please return completed forms by post to Rhona Morrissey, The Moorside Unit, Trafford General Hospital, Moorside Road, Davyhulme M41 5SL or by email to Rhona.morrissey@gmmh.nhs.uk

Thank you for your interest; we look forward to hearing from you.

 

Please note we strongly recommend that you check with the Benefits Agency that your commitment to volunteering does not penalise you in any way and does not affect your benefits.

 

Moorside Unit - Music Activities Volunteer

Music Activities Volunteer

Service: Moorside Unit

Location: Trafford General Hospital

Supervisor: Volunteer Coordinator

 

Role Summary/Purpose:

The Moorside Unit 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 Music 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 leading and co-delivering a range of music groups such as music making, listening and singing groups and much more – we welcome your suggestions for new activities. It involves encouraging patients to develop their musical skills and to increase their self-confidence to create and enjoy music.

 

Main Duties & Responsibilities:

• To be available for at least two hours per week (hours are negotiable as this is a volunteer role, but we do ask for a weekly or fortnightly commitment Monday to Friday during the day);

• To lead and co-deliver with at least one other volunteer or staff member a range of music activities to support our patients’ recovery and enhance their inpatient experience;

• To sensitively encourage and support patients to participate and to increase their self[1]confidence in creating and enjoying music;

• To comply with all Trust policies and procedures but in particular in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults and children and information sharing;

• To work as part of the Moorside Team to receive and share information in order to safeguard individuals and support them to work towards their recovery.

 

Role Description Requirements:

• Are aged 18 and over;

• Have an understanding of mental health and the recovery process through your own lived experience, studies or work;

• Have a love of music that you are keen to share;

• Have some experience of teaching leading or facilitating music groups, or the confidence to do so in a patient and calm manner;

Can commit to at least two hours per week, weekly or fortnightly Monday to Friday during the day;

Complete a local induction and undertake all mandatory training within four weeks of starting the role;

• Are able to work as part of a team and to support your co-volunteer(s);

• Are able to listen and communicate effectively and sensitively encourage patient participation;

• Have a basic understanding of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children;

• Have a basic understanding of confidentiality and information sharing legislation;

• Have a basic understanding of professional boundaries;

• Have respect and compassion for others and their right to choose and to be treated with dignity

 

To apply, you will need to complete an application form and demonstrate how you meet the requirements as set out in the role descriptions.

https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/download.cfm?doc=docm93jijm4n10672.docx&ver=13755

Please return completed forms by post to Rhona Morrissey, The Moorside Unit, Trafford General Hospital, Moorside Road, Davyhulme M41 5SL or by email to Rhona.morrissey@gmmh.nhs.uk

 

This role is unpaid, however, we will reimburse all travel expenses for training and volunteering in line with Trust Policy. Please note we strongly recommend that you check with the Benefits Agency that your commitment to volunteering does not penalise you in any way and does not affect your benefits.

Volunteer Peer Mentors within North Manchester

GMMH’s Inpatient and Community Mental Health Teams are here to support people experiencing mental health difficulties.  Each team has a range of roles to support service users and their families, including nurses, social workers, support workers, psychologists, psychiatrists and Occupational Therapists.  An exciting opportunity has arisen to embed Volunteer Peer Mentors into these diverse teams. 

If you are in recovery from your own mental health difficulties, have had experience of using mental health services, and would now like to help other people, then we want to hear from you!

To apply, you will need to complete an application form and set out how you meet the requirements as set out in the role description.

Please note there are multiple roles across inpatient, community and crisis services in North Manchester. Please review all role descriptions and highlight which role/roles you are applying for.  You must complete the application form below:

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

If you have any queries about the volunteer roles available, please contact Janette Bamber on 07785310053.

Please return completed forms to:

Volunteer Coordinator, SSHU, Park House, NMGH, Delaunays Rd, Crumpsall, Manchester, M8 5RB

Or email your form to:  Janette.Bamber@gmmh.nhs.uk

Peer Mentor (supporting individuals leaving a prison setting)

Role Summary / Purpose

The peer mentor will support individuals leaving prison setting to enhance their health, wellbeing and quality of life, assisting them to connect with and access health services, voluntary sector services and community-based activities and emotional support.

The Peer mentor is an important and valued role within GMMH. Peer mentor knowledge and skills can make a huge difference for our service users, careers and staff. In return we will help you develop new skill, gain experience and help with employment opportunities when the time is right for you.

We are currently wanting the peer mentor volunteer to support service users over the phone with emotional support and meet in community when needed to. We are looking for the peer mentor to check in and chat with service users to make sure they are okay and working towards their support plan.

The peer mentor will demonstrate an attitude which respects and values service users’ and their carers.

The peer mentor will embrace the core values of the organisation.  These principles will recognise the need to:

  • Promote safe practices
  • Value the aims of service users
  • Work in partnership and offer meaningful choice
  • Be optimistic about the possibilities of meaningful change
  • Value social inclusion

Responsibilities:

Lived experience of being in prison setting and or mental health illness.

Be available for at least a day per week (hours are negotiable as this is a volunteer role but for continuity we would ask for a weekly commitment).

Use your own lived experience of prison experience and mental health difficulties.

To respect individual’s rights to choose the interventions that will help and support them in their own journey.

To comply with all Trust policies and procedures but in particular in relation to safeguarding vulnerable adults and children, and information sharing.

To work as part of the Reconnect Team and receive and share information within that team in order to safeguard individuals and support them to work towards their goals

To encourage and support staff member in interviews or when deliver training.

Good empathic communication skills.

Ability to build relationship with staff.

Respectful of confidentiality, but report safeguarding issues to staff member.

Patience.

Understanding to the needs of the service users and their families.

Reliable.

Be committed to Greater Manchester Mental health Trust Values.

Be committed to at least one day a week.

Knowledge, understanding of confidentiality and maintaining boundaries.

  • Have your own lived experience of mental health difficulties
  • Can commit to at least half a day per week as a volunteer
  • Can commit to the Level 2 Award in Peer Mentorship
  • Have a basic understanding of safeguarding vulnerable adults and children
  • Have a basic understanding of confidentiality and information sharing legislation
  • Have a basic understanding of professional boundaries
  • Have respect and compassion for others and their right to choose and to be treated with dignity
  • Have good communication skills
  • Be willing to work as part of a team

This role description is not exhaustive but is intended to give an overall picture of the role.  Other duties within the general scope of the role may be required from time to time.  The duties of the role and role description can be reviewed through the agreed process.

All Trust sites have been designated a no smoking area.  The post holder is therefore advised smoking is not permitted within the hospital premises or grounds or whilst representing the Trust in the course of their duty.  While the Trust will not discriminate against employing smokers, all prospective employees should be aware of this policy.

For further information please contact:

Kim Turton

Tele: 07795 121317

Kim.Turton@gmmh.nhs.uk

 

GMMH162 Reconnect Volunteering flyer A5.pdf 

Recovery Academy - Learning Experience Team Mentor

The Recovery Academy offers a range of educational courses to service users, carers and professionals about mental health and/or addiction and recovery.  Its aim is to give people the knowledge and skills to be able to support their own recovery, or support someone else in theirs so that people are more likely to be able to sustain good mental health and live independently. 

The role of learning mentor is to support students of the recovery academy to develop and individual learning plan. This plan will aim to empower individuals to take control of their recovery journey via goal setting and exploring which recovery academy courses will help them move towards these goals. The development of individual learning plans forms part of the recovery academy course: An introduction to the Recovery Academy- HOPE.

As someone with both lived experience of mental health difficulties, and as an experienced Recovery Academy student and/or tutor this role will involve you sharing your own experiences of the Recovery Academy and offering guidance about the courses on offer. The role will also consist of providing the student with an optional individual learning plan review each term.

If you are interested in this Learning Experience Team Mentor role, complete the application form below and send to: Lucy Burthem, Recovery Academy, The Curve, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust,, Bury New Roa, Prestwich, Manchester M25 3BL.

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As a patient

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