Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation NHS Trust


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BAY01 - Activity Support Volunteer at The Orchard in Lancaster

Someone doing artOur ability to provide a comprehensive and individually targeted programme of activities and non-clinical support for our in-patients can be enhanced by volunteers. This is evidenced through self-governance evaluations and client feedback. Volunteers can assist the Occupational Therapy Team in providing therapeutic activities to in-patients under supervision.

 

  • To provide specific (e.g. facilitation of music lessons) or general (e.g. available to take clients for walks, befriending) non – clinical support to in-patient clients on and off the Orchard Unit, Lancaster depending on skills and qualities of individual volunteer.
  • All on ward activities will be pre-arranged and monitored by staff in line with client need on a daily or weekly basis. Level of supervision to be defined by ward staff in line with client need and volunteer experience. All activities will require a predetermined level of staff supervision.
  • Off ward activities will be for in-patient clients with their own leave only, but who have requested informal support from a volunteer. In these instances a volunteer will have already established a relationship with the client on the unit.
  • Volunteers to attend unit at pre-arranged times and report to reception where an appointed supervisory member of the OT team will meet them.
  • All activities to be risk assessed by appropriate ward staff.

An Enhanced DBS with Adult Barring is required for this role. There is no charge to a volunteer for a DBS application.

Essential requirements for this role are:

  • To follow instructions of OT staff as to activity to be facilitated and any relevant client information.
  • Chat to people in groups or individually.
  • Build relationships with clients, giving them confidence to make friends and join in.
  • Encourage and help clients to take part in activities.
  • Ensure service users are engaging with the activity safely, and alert supervising staff to any issues.
  • Help staff to set up and clear down the room. Prepare equipment and materials in advance of the activity taking place.
  • Feedback any relevant and appropriate information to staff at the end of the session or beforehand if necessary.
  • Develop potential new activity ideas alongside staff members and service users.
  • Volunteers with particular skills and interests may lead on small group activities such as crafts, book clubs etc.
  • If the activity is one that involves a skill, having some degree of expertise in that skill would be of benefit.
  • Good people skills are required as a lot of direct interaction will take place with the service users.
  • Be able to manage individuals or groups of people undertaking an activity.
  • Be enthusiastic about your chosen activity
  • Be friendly and approachable – able to build a rapport with service users.

For this role applicants must be over the age of 18

To apply please click the link below

Apply here

BAY09 - Garden Project Volunteer at The Orchard in Lancaster

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The Orchard Unit Occupational Therapy Team would like people to get involved in their Garden project at the Orchard Unit in Lancaster. This will aid service user recovery, community engagement, environment and positive transformation. The project will bring people together promoting an active and engaging lifestyle as well as benefiting local wildlife, the environment and the local community. Preventing illness and supporting individuals in maintaining active and healthy lifestyles. Together we are dedicated in providing a sustainable project with the purpose to grow and harness the mood-boosting power of gardening. The project will provide all necessary support and equipment.

The post-holder will assist in the creation and maintenance of a new garden environment in response to plans developed by service users, staff and volunteers under supervision of the occupational therapy team where necessary.

Typical tasks involve:

    • Offer knowledge around growing produce and assist service users in developing their knowledge and skills.
    • Attend relevant meetings as appropriate.
    • Watering plants.
    • Hand weeding inside and outside areas.
    • Sowing seeds and potting on.
    • Planting vegetables inside and outside raised beds.
    • Helping to raise bedding plants.
    • Other gardening maintenance task as required.

For this role applicants must be over the age of 18

To apply please click the link below

Apply here

COR03 - Peer Volunteer with Community Roots @ Deepdale

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At Community Roots we recognise the importance of working side-by-side with people who have experience of accessing mental health services, or caring for someone who does.

Listening to and sharing our lived experiences of accessing care helps us to coproduce and co-deliver a wide range of preventative and recovery based health and wellbeing opportunities across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

If you have an interest in supporting others to prevent ill health or to support people in life beyond services, we have a range of opportunities available that ensure our Community Roots service is peer led:

  • You may like to support our wide ranging curriculum by developing new sessions, gaining facilitation skills or supporting our practitioners to prepare and deliver training sessions.
  • Or, you might like to hit the road on board our engagement and outreach vehicle, HARRI, helping us connect people with health and wellbeing opportunities local to them.
  • We also welcome applications to support learners in discovering our courses, completing enrolment forms, gathering feedback or supporting as a study buddy should someone feel apprehensive about attending our courses on their own or accessing us online.

If you have a kind and welcoming nature with an interest in supporting people in your local community, we would welcome your application to work alongside our compassionate and caring team.

We will:

  • Offer full training necessary for your role
  • Support your development through a wide range of opportunities and projects
  • Allocate you a personal mentor and support your volunteer experience through our regular groups and meetings
  • Support your leadership development through Community Organising training

Volunteer duties may also include:

  • Offer a warm welcome to visitors, partners and clients of the service and on board HARRI
  • Engage with prospective learners to offer pastoral support
  • Engage with locality Advisory Groups, Curriculum Development Groups and Evaluation Groups to co-develop the recovery and resilience service
  • Support colleagues in the co-delivery of recovery learning opportunities, enhancing offers from a lived experience perspective
  • To prepare learning spaces and materials with resources provided by LSCFT staff
  • To support any learners who may become distressed during curriculum offers through peer support
  • A Standard DBS will be needed for this role. (The possession of a criminal record does not necessarily disbar applicants from this role – you can talk in confidence to a member of the Community Roots team or Volunteer Service if you have any concerns about this.)
  • To collate enrolment and evaluation documents during each recovery learning offer to ensure quality data collection
  • To understand and speak with confidence about Community Roots & HARRI LSCFT across internal sites, community locations and in forums, engagement events
  • To involve and enhance learner experience of the service offer through signposting and learning pathways
  • To demonstrate clear boundaries when working with vulnerable people and escalate any issues beyond a volunteers role accountability.

Essential requirements for this role are:

It is desirable that applicants have lived experience as a person who has used or who has cared for someone who has used mental health services, so there is a level of shared experience and understanding with members when engaging with them. All volunteers must be able to make their own way to and from Community Roots sites, or HARRI locations. For this travel expenses will be reimbursed as an out of pocket expense.

Volunteers should have a welcoming demeanour with a strong sense of excellent customer service and be able to support people through demonstrable lived experience and recovery. All volunteers must have a good understanding of confidentiality, privacy and dignity and be able to act in accordance with Lancashire & South Cumbria’s Information Governance policy.

Volunteers must be able to understand and adhere with all Trust training offered.

For this role applicants must be over the age of 18

To apply please click the link below

Apply here

FYL01 - Dining Buddy & Befriender Volunteer at The Harbour in Blackpool

Volunteering on a ward involves a long term commitment (for example 9 – 12 months), and to bring continuity and stability for patients and staff, we ask volunteer to support by doing the same periods each week, which are discussed and agreed by the volunteer and volunteer supervisor.

Dining buddies are volunteers who provide extra support during mealtimes and help complete diet/fluid charts. The role supports people to maintain optimal health and wellbeing, nutrition and hydration. Befrienders can help patients feel content during their stay in hospital by spending time with them, maybe having a chat and a cup of tea/coffee or engaging in other social activities .

Duties  include:

  •  Introduce yourself to the patients and discuss the menu relevant to that meal time.
  • Assist with providing patients with their meals and ensure cutlery/napkins/specialist equipment is available.
  • Support individuals who may need extra help, for example cutting up food, opening packets, spreading butter (etc). No direct feeding of patients is to take place.
  • Encourage conversation during mealtime so it is a social occasion.
  • Support other staff to clear away utensils between courses and at the end of the meal and clean the dining room area.
  • Support completion of diet and fluid charts following meals.
  • Complete fluid pushes and complete fluid charts accordingly.
  • Establish and build befriending relationships with patients.
  • Ensure appropriate boundaries are maintained.
  • Spend time listening, talking and engaging in activities with the patients.

An Enhanced DBS with Adult Barring is required for this role and there is no charge to a volunteer for this.

Essential requirements for this role are:

  • Good communication skills
  • Able to utilise a PC, Telephone, photocopier
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Willingness to help and support staff and patients 
  • Demonstrates empathy and compassion
  • Calm manner
  • Comfortable working in a fast moving environment
  • Comply with all Trust Policies and Procedures in relation to information governance and confidentially

For this role applicants must be over the age of 18

To apply please click the link below

Apply here

FYL14 - Activity Support Volunteer at The Harbour in Blackpool

Someone doing artOur ability to provide a comprehensive and individually targeted programme of activities and non-clinical support for our in-patients can be enhanced by volunteers. This is evidenced through self-governance evaluations and client feedback. Volunteers can assist the Occupational Therapy Team in providing therapeutic activities to in-patients under supervision.

  • To provide specific (e.g. facilitation of music lessons) or general (e.g. available to take clients for walks, befriending) non – clinical support to in-patient clients on and off the wards, depending on skills and qualities of individual volunteer.
  • All on ward activities will be pre-arranged and monitored by staff in line with client need on a daily or weekly basis. Level of supervision to be defined by ward staff in line with client need and volunteer experience. All activities will require a predetermined level of staff supervision.
  • Off ward activities will be for in-patient clients with their own leave only, but who have requested informal support from a volunteer. In these instances a volunteer will have already established a relationship with the client on the unit.
  • Volunteers to attend unit at pre-arranged times and report to reception where an appointed supervisory member of the OT team will meet them.
  • All activities to be risk assessed by appropriate ward staff.

An Enhanced DBS with Adult Barring is required for this role. There is no charge to a volunteer for a DBS application.

Essential requirements for this role are:

  • To follow instructions of OT staff as to activity to be facilitated and any relevant client information.
  • Chat to people in groups or individually.
  • Build relationships with clients, giving them confidence to make friends and join in.
  • Encourage and help clients to take part in activities.
  • Ensure service users are engaging with the activity safely, and alert supervising staff to any issues.
  • Help staff to set up and clear down the room. Prepare equipment and materials in advance of the activity taking place.
  • Feedback any relevant and appropriate information to staff at the end of the session or beforehand if necessary.
  • Develop potential new activity ideas alongside staff members and service users.
  • Volunteers with particular skills and interests may lead on small group activities such as crafts, book clubs etc.
  • If the activity is one that involves a skill, having some degree of expertise in that skill would be of benefit.
  • Good people skills are required as a lot of direct interaction will take place with the service users.
  • Be able to manage individuals or groups of people undertaking an activity.
  • Be enthusiastic about your chosen activity
  • Be friendly and approachable – able to build a rapport with service users.

For this role applicants must be over the age of 18

To apply please click the link below

Apply here

PEN14 - Telephone Befriender in Rawtenstall

Telephone Befrienders can provide valuable support to some of our service users who are feeling lonely and isolated, which helps speed up their recovery time. Regular contact with the same person helps alleviate loneliness and build relationships. This role takes place at Balladen House in Rawtenstall. Placements are available Monday - Friday between 9:30am and 4:30pm.

Volunteers will be provided with a number of clients, all of whom have given consent to take part in this programme, who they would contact as part of this service, along with additional information to help break the ice and build trust. The number of contacts would be determined by the Team leader, based on a number of factors, including time commitment.

A Standard DBS is required for this role – there is no cost to a volunteer for a DBS application.

For this role applicants must be over the age of 18

To apply please click the link below

Apply here

PEN16 - Dining Buddy & Befriender Volunteer at Hillview in Blackburn

Volunteering on a ward involves a long term commitment (for example 9 – 12 months), and to bring continuity and stability for patients and staff, we ask volunteer to support by doing the same periods each week, which are discussed and agreed by the volunteer and volunteer supervisor.

Dining buddies are volunteers who provide extra support during mealtimes and help complete diet/fluid charts. The role supports people to maintain optimal health and wellbeing, nutrition and hydration. Befrienders can help patients feel content during their stay in hospital by spending time with them, maybe having a chat and a cup of tea/coffee or engaging in other social activities .

Duties  include:

  •  Introduce yourself to the patients and discuss the menu relevant to that meal time.
  • Assist with providing patients with their meals and ensure cutlery/napkins/specialist equipment is available.
  • Support individuals who may need extra help, for example cutting up food, opening packets, spreading butter (etc). No direct feeding of patients is to take place.
  • Encourage conversation during mealtime so it is a social occasion.
  • Support other staff to clear away utensils between courses and at the end of the meal and clean the dining room area.
  • Support completion of diet and fluid charts following meals.
  • Complete fluid pushes and complete fluid charts accordingly.
  • Establish and build befriending relationships with patients.
  • Ensure appropriate boundaries are maintained.
  • Spend time listening, talking and engaging in activities with the patients.

An Enhanced DBS with Adult Barring is required for this role and there is no charge to a volunteer for this.

Essential requirements for this role are:

  • Good communication skills
  • Able to utilise a PC, Telephone, photocopier
  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Willingness to help and support staff and patients 
  • Demonstrates empathy and compassion
  • Calm manner
  • Comfortable working in a fast moving environment
  • Comply with all Trust Policies and Procedures in relation to information governance and confidentially

For this role applicants must be over the age of 18

To apply please click the link below

Apply here

PEN17 - Activity Support Volunteer at Hillview in Blackburn

Someone doing artOur ability to provide a comprehensive and individually targeted programme of activities and non-clinical support for our in-patients can be enhanced by volunteers. This is evidenced through self-governance evaluations and client feedback. Volunteers can assist the Occupational Therapy Team in providing therapeutic activities to in-patients under supervision.

  • To provide specific (e.g. facilitation of music lessons) or general (e.g. available to take clients for walks, befriending) non – clinical support to in-patient clients on and off the wards, depending on skills and qualities of individual volunteer.
  • All on ward activities will be pre-arranged and monitored by staff in line with client need on a daily or weekly basis. Level of supervision to be defined by ward staff in line with client need and volunteer experience. All activities will require a predetermined level of staff supervision.
  • Off ward activities will be for in-patient clients with their own leave only, but who have requested informal support from a volunteer. In these instances a volunteer will have already established a relationship with the client on the unit.
  • Volunteers to attend unit at pre-arranged times and report to reception where an appointed supervisory member of the OT team will meet them.
  • All activities to be risk assessed by appropriate ward staff.

An Enhanced DBS with Adult Barring is required for this role. There is no charge to a volunteer for a DBS application.

Essential requirements for this role are:

  • To follow instructions of OT staff as to activity to be facilitated and any relevant client information.
  • Chat to people in groups or individually.
  • Build relationships with clients, giving them confidence to make friends and join in.
  • Encourage and help clients to take part in activities.
  • Ensure service users are engaging with the activity safely, and alert supervising staff to any issues.
  • Help staff to set up and clear down the room. Prepare equipment and materials in advance of the activity taking place.
  • Feedback any relevant and appropriate information to staff at the end of the session or beforehand if necessary.
  • Develop potential new activity ideas alongside staff members and service users.
  • Volunteers with particular skills and interests may lead on small group activities such as crafts, book clubs etc.
  • If the activity is one that involves a skill, having some degree of expertise in that skill would be of benefit.
  • Good people skills are required as a lot of direct interaction will take place with the service users.
  • Be able to manage individuals or groups of people undertaking an activity.
  • Be enthusiastic about your chosen activity
  • Be friendly and approachable – able to build a rapport with service users.

For this role applicants must be over the age of 18

To apply please click the link below

Apply here

WMHH - Helpline Volunteer in Blackpool

The Trust’s Wellbeing, Mental Health Helpline and Texting Service is looking for caring and compassionate individuals who have an interest in mental health to volunteer within their busy listening and texting service. This volunteer role is based at The Harbour in Blackpool.

To become an Operator you will need to have a mature outlook and have a non-judgmental approach to people's problems. You will be required to complete an initial training course before starting volunteering for the service, and attend regular training and feedback sessions as required. You will be trained to provide emotional support via text and telephone conversation in a professional and sensitive manner to the people of Lancashire & South Cumbria relating to mental health issues and provide factual information where appropriate.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer will be required to complete a mandatory training package. Please note, full reference and DBS checks will be made in line with NHS regulations.

If you have an FY or PR postcode and want to make a real difference to people’s lives, the service would welcome your input and is looking for individuals that can spare four hours a fortnight to provide emotional support for those concerned about their own mental health or that of someone they know.

The service is open Monday to Friday 7pm to 11pm and Saturday and Sunday 12 midday until midnight.

Those interested in becoming a volunteer will be required to complete a mandatory training package. Please note, full reference and Enhanced DBS checks will be made. There is no charge to a volunteer for a DBS

If you are interested in volunteering then please the Wellbeing and Mental Health Helpline for more information. To request an application pack please contact the helpline admin office on 01253 447905 or by emailing listening.helpline@lscft.nhs.uk

For this role applicants must be over the age of 18

To apply please click the link below

Apply here

Mission Statement

Volunteers are an integral part of the NHS, and have been since it was founded in 1948. They provide support for staff and patients, and bring enthusiasm and different skills to their roles. Volunteering offers an ideal opportunity for members of the local community to be engaged in activities that can support the development of skills and build confidence.

The volunteers we have within Lancashire and South Cumbria Foundation Trust (LSCFT) are no exception. Their dedication and commitment is exemplary and the impact they have cannot be underestimated, no matter role they carry out.

Volunteers provide support to LSCFT by complementing the role of employed staff and enhancing our services. They make a unique and valuable contribution to the people using our services, visitors and staff but they do not replace staff.