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!