Hospital Volunteer - “strengthen voices, support rights, change lives”
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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 Co-ordinator
· 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:
Do I need to be able to travel? (reasonable expenses always covered).
Yes - to reach a local mental health hospital.
We would like to encourage people with lived experience of care and support needs to apply for our role.
- DBS check required
VoiceAbility will cover the cost of this.
- Equal Opportunities Policy
- Expenses reimbursed
Reimbursement of expenses and travel costs in line with VoiceAbility policy
- Health and Safety Policy
- Ongoing support
- Suitable for Under 18's
- Training provided
- Volunteer induction
- Volunteer Policy
- Volunteers covered by insurance
- Written role description
When can I volunteer?
Start Date: 25/03/2021
End Date: 25/03/2022
2-3 hours a week. This role will not be carried out during the weekend or evenings except for research or reporting.
This opportunity is available Countywide.