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

Recruiting members for the Achieve asset fund grant panel

ACHIEVE Bolton, Salford and Trafford are looking for 3 volunteers with lived experience of drug or alcohol dependency either as a service user (or discharged from treatment within the past 6 months), or as a carer, to be a member of an Interview Panel that will decide how to allocate grants from the Asset Fund.

ACHIEVE Asset Fund Lived Experience Panel Rep role.pdf
ACHIEVE Asset Fund Guidance Notes.pdf

The aim of the Asset Fund is to support the provision of new, or expand existing projects, that offer activities for service users that support them in their recovery journey from alcohol or substance misuse.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Familiarise yourself with the aims of the ACHIEVE Recovery Asset Fund
  • Read the bids and any supporting documents relating to the panel process
  • Ensuring service users’ and carers’ are represented fairly at the panel
  • Follow the agenda for the interview panel
  • Help the panel make decisions that will lead to awarding grants for recovery projects
  • Keep notes to help you summarise your thoughts on the responses you will hear to interview questions
  • Follow Salford CVS’s rules on confidentiality and declarations of interest


  • Be a current service user (or discharged within the past 6 months) or carer/family member
  • Are able to commit to attending the entirety of the relevant panel venue shown below.
  • Be able to ask questions that represents the views of your peers, and record evidence against model answers
  • Be able to give your views during the summing up following each interview


Panel Dates and Times:

  • Salford 5th November 1.30pm 4.30-pm Salford CVS, Eccles, M30 0FN
  • Trafford 7th November 1.30pm 4.30-pm VCAT, Stretford, M16 0PQ
  • Bolton 8th November 1.30pm 4.30-pm Bolton CVS, Bolton, BL1 1LS


Can you help?

If you’re interested in being a lived-experience representative at one of the panels above, please contact Simon Robinson or Hannah Barton at Salford CVS on 0161 787 7795 or email simon.robinson@salfordcvs.co.uk or hannah.barton@salfordcvs.co.uk

Meadowbrook Unit Volunteer 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.

The Volunteer Activities Assistant role has been developed to complement 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 return completed application forms to Kvetka Chadwick, Volunteer Co-ordinator, Meadowbrook Unit, Salford Royal Hospital, Stott Lane, M6 8HD or email to: Kvetka.Chadwick@gmmh.nhs.uk  Tel:  0161 271 0810

Closing date: Friday 21 December 2018

Apply to, or, for further information or informal discussions please contact Kvetka Chadwick on 0161 271 0810.

Meadowbrook Activities Assistant Role Description Sept 18.docx [docx] 188KB

GMMH Volunteering Application Form.docx [docx] 185KB


Recovery Action Group Chair and Co-Facilitator

Recovery Action Group is a service user and carer forum comprised of members with lived experience of substance misuse.

Your local Recovery Action Group are delighted to announce that we are recruiting for volunteers for the position of Recovery Action Group Chair and Co-Facilitator!

The role involves leading an organised approach to seeking feedback from Recovery Action Group members about the service they have received from Greater Manchester Mental Health Substance Misuse Services, in order to influence how local services are designed and delivered in the future. The role also involves organising local events to raise the profile of the Recovery Action Group and leading the group to comment on local and national Substance Misuse policy.

We currently have the following vacancies;

1x Chair Co-Facilitator Role – Salford
1x Chair Co-Facilitator Role – Bolton
2 x Chair Co-Facilitator Role – Trafford

With interviews to be held on – 27th November 2018, 18th December 2018, 29th January 2019

Together, the Recovery Action Group members are determined to make a real difference to individuals, families and communities affected by substance misuse in Greater Manchester Mental health Substance Misuse Services.

You will receive an induction to your role and our services and regular, ongoing support and supervision. Out-of-pocket travel expenses are reimbursed in-line with our volunteer policy and there are opportunities to update your knowledge and skills.

To apply please visit https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/get-involved
For more information please contact Shane Mageean – 0161 358 6609 or 07747 188 347.

RAG Chair Role Description (1).docx[docx] 2MB

Volunteer-Application-Form-.docx [docx] 43KB


Volunteer Application Form

You will need to complete our Trust Volunteer Application Form to apply for vacancies. 

Please return your completed application form to the contact detailed in the advertisement by the closing date specified.

GMMH Volunteering Application Form [docx] 184KB

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