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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 six months volunteering as a minimum where possible.
 

Current C&I Volunteering opportunities

 
We are currently recruiting the following volunteer roles:
 
Peer Buddy Volunteers
The Choice and Control Peer Coaching service is a National award winner that provides support to people with either (a) a long term physical health condition, mental health issues and social problems or (b) people with a Serious Mental Illness (as defined by GPs as psychotic conditions, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder) and challenges engaging with health and wellbeing programmes.  Peer Coaches are aware that clients would really benefit from some extra support when they finish their peer coaching sessions. We are looking for Peer Buddy volunteers, with lived experience, to meet with clients of the service at the end of their peer coaching sessions at a community/public/health venue to provide social support and encouragement to be active and attend as planned.
 
Day Centre Support Volunteers
Greenwood Mental Health Service 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.
 
Restraint Debrief Support Volunteers or 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?
 
On occasions some patients on our inpatients settings have to be restrained by staff for the safety of themselves or others. NICE guidelines advise that the patient should be given the opportunity to contribute to a debrief following any such interventions. Historically this has always been offered by staff, but this can be a challenge as often patients may find it hard to engage with staff following such incidents initially, due to high emotions or feeling that staff shouldn’t have restrained them, meaning engagement in debrief can be very low. As a way of changing this and increasing patient involvement in debrief we introduced a volunteer debrief role. The aim of the role is to give patients who had been restrained a voice, an opportunity to reflect and feedback on the event from their perspective. Allowing us all to learn and hopefully reduce such incidents going forward.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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. 
 
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.
 
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.
 
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, assisting the Activity Co-ordinators on our elderly care wards to provide to provide activities, entertainment and company to patients.
 
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 (link sends email) or telephone on 020 3317 7146.

 

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