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Volunteering

If you are interested in volunteering with us at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust (C&I) we’d love to hear from you!
 
We are continually working with our services to identify new volunteer role opportunities to complement the work of our paid staff and enhance the service and experience provided to our patients/service users and their carers.

Volunteering is a great way to:

Contribute or give something back to your local community; develop your skills or experience; use your existing skills or experience to help others; meet new people and make friends; do something interesting and meaningful with your free time; and build your confidence.
 
All volunteers for C&I must be over 18 years of age. We will also require volunteers to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, Occupational Health check and reference checks. Ideally we would like volunteers to commit to at least three months volunteering as a minimum where possible. 

Current C&I Volunteering opportunities

At present we are looking to recruit more volunteers to support with the following roles:

Service User Feedback Support Volunteers

Do you use our services or do you have lived experience of mental ill health or substance misuse?  Do you have good communication & listening skills? Are you interested in helping to improve C&I services? Our Acute Division, which comprises of our psychiatric inpatient wards, crisis houses, recovery day services, crisis teams and liaison services; are looking for volunteers who use our services or with lived experience to help support with collection of our Friends and Family Test information. These questionnaires will help to gather important information and views directly from service users and patients that will be used to improve the services that we provide.

Day Centre Support Volunteers

Highgate Day Centre is a community based day service for adults in Camden which empowers people towards better mental and physical wellbeing.  The Centre aims to support people with enduring mental health conditions to substantially improve their quality of life and avoid unnecessary hospital admissions as well as offering support to those transitioning back into the community. They are looking for volunteers with specific interests and skills in physical health, multi-media, music and art to support group activities alongside staff as well as those interested in offering more general support.

Trolley Shop Volunteers 

We run a trolley shop service for patients, staff and visitors at our inpatient hospital sites. The trolley shop sells a variety of items including: food, snacks, drinks and toiletries. It is an important service for many who may not be able to leave the site, which also provides social contact for patients as well as the shop facility. 

Library Trolley Volunteers

The library trolley gives patients who may not have regular opportunities to leave the site with a diverting service providing books, magazine and newspapers that can be borrowed. It provides social contact for patients as well as more activity options to them; hopefully enhancing the daily life on our wards. 

Alcohol Assertive Outreach Team Volunteer

This role will involve supporting people accessing the service to attend appointments, groups and undertake hobbies and leisure activities to help to reduce social isolation and loneliness.

Activity Support and Befriending Volunteers (Services for Ageing Mental Health) 

We are looking for volunteers who would like to help in our Services for Ageing and Mental Health division. Within a nursing home setting in Islington, dementia day centre in Camden and our older adults wards at Highgate Mental Health Centre. We would welcome people who would like to support our older adult patients and service users by helping staff and service users with a range of activities.  We have both weekday and weekend opportunities available within this division.

Befriending Volunteers (Recovery and Rehabilitation Services)

Our Recovery and Rehabilitation Services provide services to people with enduring psychotic disorders. We are looking for volunteers that can help service users by offering befriending and support to help them improve social inclusion, providing company and a listening ear, helping them to build their confidence and assisting them to identify community groups and activities relevant to them. If you think you could help please contact us.

Clinic Support Volunteers (Recovery and Rehabilitation Services)

Some of our Recovery and Rehabilitation Services are involving volunteers to help make clinic appointments a more enjoyable experience for our service users.  With volunteers providing: a meet & greet for those attending a clinic session; facilitating access to drinks; providing company to people whilst they wait; providing information to people on groups, the recovery college, service user forums etc. they can access; helping collect feedback and managing onsite resources such as books, newspapers, leaflets etc. 

Musician/Singers

If you are musician or singer that would like to volunteer to share your talents with our service users and patients please get in touch. A number of our services would really appreciate having you come along to provide a regular or ad-hoc musical/singing entertainment session.

Membership Champion Volunteers

Membership Champions help to recruit new members and to raise awareness around membership events and other involvement opportunities to help meet our Membership Strategy objectives.  If you are interested in becoming a Champion please apply.

How to apply

To apply for our volunteer roles online, please visit our job pages here and select the Volunteers box.  If you are unable to complete an online application please contact us and we can send you a paper application form via post. Or if you require support to submit an application please get in touch via one of the methods below.

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more please contact our Voluntary Services Manager, Joanne Scott at volunteer@candi.nhs.uk or telephone on 020 3317 7146.
 

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