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.
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