Our volunteers make a huge difference to our service users and work alongside our staff to support the work of our Trust.
Our volunteers come from many walks of life and contribute such a valuable service to our Trust. They genuinely care about the lives of others and provide their time free of charge to support our service users in their recovery, helping to bring new interests into the lives of those who may be in hospital or who could need a little help with their day-to-day lives following a period of being unwell.
Many of our volunteers have used our services in the past or have cared for someone who has and these people provide valuable insight and support for those currently on their own journey of recovery.
Some people who use our services find it hard to maintain contact with their family or friends and the prospect of making new friends can be quite daunting. Our volunteers can help someone to feel that building and maintaining those social connections is possible at a time when it could feel impossible.
What do our volunteers do?
Our volunteers get involved in lots of different ways including:
- visiting our wards
- working with older people
- supporting community activities
- supporting group activities
- joining our befriending scheme
- becoming a chaplaincy faith volunteer.
The most important role of our volunteers is to support our service users and often our volunteers make lasting friendships with those they work with.
They play a very important role in helping our service users on their journey of recovery and are highly valued and supported by our staff.
What are the benefits of getting involved as a volunteer?
As well as providing the opportunity to support service users in their treatment and their recovery, volunteering for our Trust can provide a lot of benefits for you too.
Joining our volunteering scheme will provide you with the opportunity to:
- use your skills and experience to make a real difference to the lives of others
- gain an insight into a possible new career and experience of working with people with mental health difficulties
- gain experience of working alongside leading mental health professionals
- build your own confidence and skills
- enjoy what you do and make new friends
- access a range of specially tailored volunteer training
- have the opportunity to share your own experience of using our services or caring for someone who has.
How can I apply?
Applying to join our team of volunteers is easy. Just download and complete our application form and return it to us in the post at:
2 Asket Place
To apply you must be over the age of 18 and able to commit to a 6 month term with us. Before you can start, we will check the references you have supplied in your application and a DBS Disclosure and Barring Service check will be carried out to ensure patient safety.
If you would like any further information about becoming a volunteer for our Trust, please give our Volunteering Team a call on 0113 8557094.