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Can you talk to individuals in hospital with mental health issues and tell them about Advocacy services?

Information / Advice volunteers needed for SEAP Advocacy in RG30

Can you talk to individuals in hospital with mental health issues and tell them about Advocacy services? We need a volunteer to visit the wards at Prospect Park Hospital weekly to support the mental health advocates.

You would be working alone or in a pair, but in conjunction with the mental health advocates, to introduce and explain the advocacy service to new patients, answer their questions, and take referrals to pass on to the advocates. There would be opportunities to also shadow the advocates and build up advocacy knowledge and skills.

This is a rare opportunity to increase your existing experience with people with mental health problems, your communication skills and knowledge. It may be invaluable for you especially if you want to move into a new area of social or health care.

We need volunteers who already have experience with people with mental health issues or other vulnerable individuals, and who are empathetic, non-judgemental, with good communication with a wide range of people. Patients on the wards can be acutely ill and you will need to already have developed some awareness about how to respond to possible risks to yourself or others -to take care of yourself and to get help from ward staff as needed.

We need a commitment for at least 6 months, for two half days a week, with some additional flexibility for training, meeting with advocates etc.

Organisation
Contact person firstname
Jenny Lewis, Volunteer Organiser
Lastname
Contact person's position
Their phone number?
0330 440 9000
Contact instructions?
Email initially or leave a message via our contact centre on 0330 440 9000
Location address line 1
Prospect Park Hospital
Line 2
Honey End Lane
Town
Reading
Postcode
RG30 4EJ

Map
Wheelchair accessible?
No
Car parking for the volunteer?
Yes
Secure bicycle parking?
No
Near public transport?
Yes
How much time?
Part-time
What times and days of the week?
Mon AMMon PMTue AMTue PMWed AMWed PMThu AMThu PMFri AMFri PM
Availability required
Any of these times
Additional timing details
Ideally at least two half days a week, with some flexibility
Task type?
Information / Advice
Will suit someone like this:
Self organised/motivatedHappy to work soloGood sense of humourSerious and determinedPatientSupportiveCommunicatorEmotionally robust
Post suitable for supported volunteering?
No
Is training given?
Yes
Training description
Induction; on-the-job; other training as relevant
Is support given?
Yes
Description of support
Support and supervision regularly with Advocate and Volunteer Organiser
Are expenses paid?
Yes
Description of expenses
Travel and parking expenses
Will I need my own transportation?
No
Will the volunteer be CRB or DBS checked?
Yes
Are references required?
Yes
Will there be an interview?
Yes
Are they properly insured?
Yes
Minimum age
18
Do they need a specific gender?
No
How many volunteers needed?
3
Opportunity added on
21 June 2019

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