Do you want to give back to your community? Can you spare 3-4 hours a week to help people have a voice and be listened to?

We are looking for warm, compassionate, understanding people to join our team and deliver elements of our service. As a volunteer, you will make a real difference in someone’s life when they are going through a difficult time.

You don't need to be a mental health expert, empathy matters more than academic qualifications or experience, and we're keen to hear from people of all ages and walks of life. You may even have your own experience of living with mental ill health or experience of caring for family or friends.

Volunteering at Chorley Hospital

Advocacy Focus is looking for new volunteers to support people who are residing on the mental health wards at Chorley Hospital. The new £3.7 million inpatient unit is designed to meet the growing needs of Lancashire residents and is fitted with 30 beds for adults, six psychiatric intensive care beds for women, private bedrooms and bathrooms, therapy spaces and garden access. There are also eight beds in a specialist Mother and Baby Unit  (called Ribblemere) for new mothers experiencing mental ill health to be cared for alongside their newborn babies.

What do we do?

Our Independent Advocates and volunteers offer one-to-one advocacy support during their care and treatment within hospital, this ensure peoples voices are heard and are taken seriously. Our service is, completely free, confidential and completely independent of local authorities, the NHS and Social Services – we are there to be by the side of the people we support.

Advocacy Focus will provide training and mentoring support so that you are equipped with the relevant skills to be able to facilitate self-advocacy workshops and more. In the last year, our registered charity has supported 1,000 individuals with Mental Health Advocacy and our volunteers play a huge role in ensuring people have access to our vital services.

What will you do as a volunteer?

  • Facilitate drop-ins on mental health wards to inform patients of advocacy services and their rights 
  • Facilitate self-advocacy workshops on the wards to help people become their own best advocate
  • Support patients to address issues with ward staff and provide ad hoc support
  • Access information for patients
  • Facilitate focus group sessions
  • Take service referrals or signpost to other services where needs fall outside of our remit

Why volunteer for Advocacy Focus?

Volunteers are part of the team. We invest in our volunteers like we invest in our paid staff, with personalised support and an emphasis on wellbeing and ongoing training. Our volunteers have gone on to work in mental health and found the experiences we have provided gave them that extra edge to secure their chosen profession. Some have found that volunteering gives them a sense of purpose to give back to the community as the work is rewarding and satisfying.

Did we mention that we were Highly Commended for Volunteer Team of the Year at the 2018 North West Charity Awards. In joining our team, you can rest assured that you will be trained and supported throughout your time with us, and that you will be given opportunities to really make your role your own!

So if you can invest 3-4 hours a week to help us in #LookingafterLancashire, apply today by clicking below 

Volunteer Mental Health Advocate

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