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 (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 other’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 staff and patients 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 on 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 I expect from VoiceAbility?
- 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 over six months of Volunteering.
- the equipment you need to complete your role.
- reimbursement of expenses and travel costs in line with VoiceAbility policy.
What do VoiceAbility expect from me?
- 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 of being.
*We are particularly interested in hearing from those with experience of care and support needs*
- Age restrictions
- DBS check required
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Reasonable expenses always covered
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
This opportunity is available Countywide.
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