What is a Hospital Volunteer? Hospital Volunteers provide support for patients who are in hospital for mental health reasons. Hospital Volunteers help our clients :
- be heard when it matters most
- stay in control of decisions around care and treatment whilst in hospital.
- ensure their rights are met, including to an Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA)
They volunteer alongside our paid IMHAS's (Independent Mental Health Advocate) - who provide the statutory support patients are entitled to under the Mental Health Act. Hospital Volunteers have a designated IMHA to partner with, so they understand one another's role and work together to provide the best service possible to our Clients.
What will I do? Before you start :
- complete our application process, training, and shadowing to a satisfactory standard.
- depending on your preferences, set a day and time to regularly volunteer a few hours
- you will be introduced to an IMHA who will provide practice support for you
At your first session:
- we will agree with you a hospital ward to work on
- you'll introduce yourself and engage proactively about our service and how we can help, with patients and staff on the ward.
- you will speak to any patients 1 to 1, who want outcomes achieved or their voices heard with respect to their care and support whilst in hospital
At sessions that follow:
- you will continue to introduce yourself to new patients and staff
- you will work on ongoing outcomes with any patients from previous weeks
- at the end of the session you will feedback to us how the session has gone
- you will write up notes and send these to a delegated IMHA and the Volunteer Coordinator
- experienced volunteers maybe able to provide support on a second ward - but only if they can do so within their usual volunteering hours
What can you expect from us?
- the opportunity to make a positive difference to people with care and support needs
- the opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people and gain experience in your chosen volunteering role(s)
- the opportunity to help us develop our volunteering work
- volunteer induction training and training specific to any volunteering role you undertake
- 1:1 support from Voiceability staff including regular feedback
- a reference if you complete 6 months of volunteering
- the equipment you need to complete your role
- reimbursement of expenses and travel costs in line with Voiceability policy
What do we expect from you?
- to complete the recruitment process including providing two references and complete a DBS check (Voiceability will cover the cost of this)
- to complete all necessary training
- understand and sign the Volunteering Agreement
- to perform your role in a way that is consistent with Voiceability's values
We encourage applications from people with any care support needs.
- Age restrictions
Over 18's only, but if you’re nearly 18 we’ll put you on our waiting list till your birthday.
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Reasonable travel expenses.
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Recruitment Process
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Weekly or fortnightly, during weekday hours.
This opportunity has no specific location.