Become a volunteer

Volunteering brings people together to complement services provided by organisations. They are a reflection of our local communities and a few hours a week can make a real difference. At Cheshire and Wirral partnership there are several ways to volunteer with us, Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

Lived Experience Volunteer - People who access or have accessed our services within the last 3 years. They can get involved with trustwide activities such as helping us to choose new staff (interviews), participating in project groups, looking at leaflets and developing information, Helping carry out audits and inspections.

Volunteer - Generally have regular roles within their local CWP services such as baking, creative art, gardening, ward activity, meet and greet and many more.

Why do people volunteer?

Volunteering is an excellent way to:

  • Meet new people
  • Practise skills you have, as well as learn new skills
  • Get experience for your CV
  • Become more confident
  • Share your knowledge and lived experience
  • Keep to a daily routine
  • Give something back to your community
  • Thank people who have cared for a family member or friend

How about hearing some feedback from people who currently volunteer with CWP?

For a year and a half I have been involved in different ways with the client orientated schemes run by CWP. As a lived experience volunteer I have enjoyed drawing on others experiences of the service. I have been involved in pieces of work including co- producing the CWP Getting Involved website, improving the waiting areas at The Highfield and The Stein Centre Outpatients Departments.

I have also been involved in giving a user perspective when potential staff were being interviewed.  I have contributed to the Lived Experience Day regarding the new proposals around responsive care in the community. This work has been positive and enjoyable because of Rachel’s leadership and a great team of like- minded individuals. As a service user I have also found the wellbeing courses informative and helpful.

I have helped co-ordinate, develop and run an art workshop which aims to help people develop new skills and tools to better manage their mental health. This has been a very positive and fun experience mixing with people with similar goals. Learning and using my existing skills to make a contribution has been insightful, very useful and I look forward to further involvement.

I have been involved as a volunteer with CWP since 2018. I volunteered to enable me to give something back to the community and also to develop my career prospects.

I am currently involved in a piece of work looking at the experience of the Out Patients appointment.  I have contributed to the improvements that have been suggested and made to the reception areas in High field and The Stein Centres and the co –production of CWP Get Involved website.

I have also been involved in co-creating and facilitating a food and mood workshop for the recovery college. This has been most rewarding to use my skills to help others on the road to recovery.

 I enjoy mixing with like- minded individuals who want to give something back to the Trust and their Community.

 

How much time do I need to commit?

Will you do checks on my background?

How to become a volunteer

We ask for a minimum of six months commitment. It could be weekly, for as little as a few hours each week. When you join us we will ask you to attend a volunteer induction course and safeguarding training

It is very important that we safeguard people who access our services and staff, so we carry out checks. We require two references, a satisfactory check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and proof of identity.

We will ask you to complete a free health assessment to ensure that you are able to carry out the tasks involved safely. Health problems will not necessarily exclude someone from undertaking voluntary wor

Please contact a member of the team on the contact details below to find out about available volunteering opportunities in the Trust.

Visit: www.cwp.nhs.uk

Email: cwp.volunteering@nhs.net

Read our Become a Volunteer leaflet

Call: 01244 393130

Post: Volunteer and Work Placement Coordinator HR Department, 
Trust Headquarters, 
Redesmere Countess of Chester Health Park,
Liverpool Road, 
Chester CH2 1BQ

 

 

15 Step Challenge

If you are already a Volunteer with CWP and are currently undertaking the ’15-Step-Challenge visits’ please download the required resources by clicking the link below.

Action planning

What to look out for

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