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!
Elm Ward Activities Assistant
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 help alleviate boredom and to demonstrate to our patients that we are listening to them and really do care. It complements the work of our ward-based staff including Nurses, Support Workers and Occupational Therapists and aims to improve our patient’s treatment outcomes.
The deadline for applications is: 12noon on Friday 1 March 2019.
Please read the Role Description thoroughly, complete the application form, and send to:
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Elm Ward Daily Living Assistant
We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic volunteers to join our existing team to provide support to patients for whom they need assistance with completed daily activity of living. By Daily Activities we mean the very basics of how to care for ourselves, this might include support with personal hygiene including prompting to use the bathroom or shower, support with choosing the right toiletries and keeping individual patient bed areas clean and tidy.
The deadline for applications is: 12noon on Friday 1 March 2019.
Please read the Role Description thoroughly and complete the application form and send to:
We look forward to hearing from you D
Peer Mentor Manchester Acute Inpatient Wards
Manchester Acute Inpatient wards aim to support people 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 people who are both informal and those who are detained under the Mental Health Act. Our patients come from direct admission from the community or who are stepping down from the Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit.
An exciting opportunity has arisen to embed Volunteer Peer Mentors into our 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.
If you want to discuss the role please contact Laura Farr, Inpatient Acute Occupational Therapy Service Manager, on 0161 271 0330.
Completed applications should be sent to Laura Farr at either email@example.com, or, Park House, Delauneys Road, Crumpsall, Manchester M8 5RB by Monday 28 January 2019
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.
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.