Area: Hospitals across Lancashire and Trafford (Chorley, Lancaster, Ormskirk, Preston and Trafford)  

Hours: Minimum of 3/4 hours per week (expenses paid)

Do you want to jump into a rewarding role, supporting people to become more involved in their care and treatment and have their voice heard? We're looking for mental health volunteers to support people who have been hospitalised due to mental ill health. You don't need to be a mental health expert, empathy matters more than academic qualifications or experience. We are keen to hear from people of all ages, of all walks of life and with lived experience of mental ill health. As a volunteer for Advocacy Focus, you will receive a full induction and training for the role, learning about how to support someone with mental ill health to understand their rights and access advocacy support.

The Role

  • Facilitate visits to mental health wards to let patients know we can support them and keep them informed of their rights
  • Promote self-advocacy and empowerment, help patients speak up about their wishes and needs
  • To take referrals to our service or signpost to other services if needed
  • To support patients to address issues with ward staff
  • Provide support during ward rounds and/or low level meetings 

Person Specification – What we need from you 

You will need to be a caring and warm person with an enthusiasm to make a difference in peoples' lives. You will be a good listener and have a passion for supporting others. Are you the person in your friend group that everyone comes to in times of crisis? Are you passionate about raising awareness or advocating for mental ill health? This is a real chance to make a positive difference in peoples' lives as they embark on recovery from mental ill health.

How to apply: 

  • Send your expression of interest to [email protected] quoting 'Mental Health Volunteer.'