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Hospital Visitor Volunteer


Our Redbridge services provides a range of advocacy support .

Main tasks and responsibilities

  • The role supports our IMHAs (Independent Mental Health Advocates) by doing regular visits and drop ins to psychiatric wards at general hospitals and mental health in patient facilities across Redbridge.
  • The volunteer will give out basic information.
  • Help clients to refer for IMHA  support via our Helpline and  be the link between clients and their IMHAs in-between visits.
  • Work will be logged onto our Salesforce system.

Benefits to volunteer

  • Knowledge of social care and mental health systems and processes.
  • Learn new skills, gain knowledge of mental health services.
  • Contribute to the overall aims of the organisation and our influence with policy and lawmakers.
  • Opportunity for a variety of free training in other areas. Meet new people, become part of a local Service Team.
  • Help people have a say in decisions affecting their lives.
  • Volunteers will be provided with intensive training for the role.
  • Volunteers will be allocated a mentor who will provide advice and guidance.


What skills do I need?

Skills, attributes, experience and qualifications

  • An interest is mental health and/or lived experience is desirable but not required.
  • The ability to listen without judgement and give out information in a clear and supportive manner.
  • Basic IT skills, some travel may be required to sites.
  • The ability to work both independently and part of a Team.
  • Need own computer and internet access.
  • Need to be 18+.
  • Expenses will be reimbursed.

When do I need to be available?

Morning Afternoon Evening

2-3 hrs per week. Preferred minimum length of commitment: 6 months Volunteers will complete their tasks within working hours Mon- Fri 9-5pm. Times may be dictated by access to facilities and agreed with the Service Team.

Register your interest

We limit the number of roles you can initially express an interest in to 3 opportunities. Please only register an interest in 3 roles maximum.

  • Ideal for people interested in
  • Health and Social Care
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Ideal for people who like
  • Advocacy
  • Information, Advice and Guidance
  • Research
  • Application Process
  • Application Form
  • DBS Check
  • Informal Discussion
  • Interviews
  • References
  • Support provided
  • Basic reference can be provided
  • Induction provided
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer Handbook available
  • Volunteer will have named supervisor
  • Volunteer will have regular one to one supervision meetings
  • Accessibility
  • Information in alternative formats
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Meals/refreshments
  • Travel/mileage
  • Other Information
  • Are there any age limits?
  • DBS checks - additional information
  • Expenses - additional information
  • Recruitment Process - additional information
  • Reference can be provided after how long volunteering?
    6 months
  • Role is exempt from Ex offenders Act 1972
  • Support Provided - additional information
    Volunteers with additional Support Needs: Volunteers are risk assessed and every effort is made to ensure they can volunteer on the same terms as other volunteers who do not have additional needs. Support needs are tailored to the individual.
  • Thanks / Recognition for Volunteer contribution

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