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

Volunteer Peer Mentors to work within Salford Home Based Treatment

The Salford Home Based Treatment Team are a multi-disciplinary team who offer a 24/7 alternative to psychiatric hospital admission, supporting service users in acute mental health crisis in their homes, as well as supporting loved ones and carers. The team is made up of professionals from a range of backgrounds, including nursing, social work and occupational therapy.  To add to these diverse teams and enhance the support we can offer, we are looking to recruit Volunteer Peer Mentors to support both services users and carers.

If you are in recovery from your own mental health difficulties and have used a Home-Based Treatment Service, or care for someone who has, 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.

The closing date for completed applications is 9th December 2022. If we get a high number of applications, the vacancy may close early, and we will shortlist based on the criteria in the role description.

Please return completed forms to:

Amy Lawrence, Team Manager, Home Based Treatment Team – Salford, Meadowbrook Unit, Stott Lane, Salford M6 8HG

Or email your form to:    Amy.Lawrence@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

As a service user, relative or carer using our services, sometimes you may need to turn to someone for help, advice, and support. 

Find resources for carers and service users  Contact the Trust