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

North Manchester General - Park House - Peer Mentor

We are looking to recruit a Volunteer Peer Mentor to work on our acute inpatient wards at Park House Mental Health in-patient unit at North Manchester General Hospital.

If you have received support from an in-patient service/team for your mental health difficulties and now would like to help other people, then we want to hear from you!

Park House inpatient wards aim to support women and men of working age who are experiencing difficulties due to a range of complex mental health conditions including; bipolar disorder, psychosis, depression, anxiety and personality disorder.  We support women and men who are both informal and detained under the Mental Health Act and referrals come through direct admission from the community or stepping down from Psychiatric Intensive Care Units.

The wards at Park House has a range of roles to support service users and their families, including nurses, support workers, occupational therapists, assistant psychologists and psychiatrists.  This exciting opportunity has arisen to embed Volunteer Peer Mentors into these diverse teams.  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 other services that tells us that creating this connection between peers offers people hope, aspiration and motivation.

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.  

To access these documents, please visit our website and follow the instructions about how to apply https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/volunteering

This role is voluntary but we will reimburse travel expenses in line with the Trust Volunteer Policy.

If you have any queries about the role you can contact Hazel Curtis on 0161 271 0330.

The closing date for completed applications is Sunday 30th June. If we get a high number of applications, we will shortlist based on the criteria in the role description. 

Please return completed forms to: Hazel Curtis, Occupational Therapy Department, Park House Hospital, Delauneys Road, Crumpsall, Manchester, M8 5RB or Email your form to: hazel.curtis@gmmh.nhs.uk

Good luck!

Acute Inpatient Wards. Peer Mentor Role Description.docx [docx] 34KB

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

Trafford Moorside Activities Assistant

The Moorside Unit at Trafford General Hospital 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 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.  Please note that we are particularly keen to hear from you if you are available in the evenings or at weekends.  

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

If you have any questions please contact Rhona Morrissey on 0161 357 1328. Please email completed applications to Rhona.morrissey@gmmh.nhs.uk

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th June 2019.

Volunteer Activities Assistant Role Description-Moorside.pdf [pdf] 284KB

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

 

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 31st August 2019.

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

Meadowbrook Volunteering Application Form.docx [docx] 186KB

 

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