Volunteering with us

We are so grateful for all of our volunteers!

They play a very valuable role in supporting nearly every area of our work, and they help out in a range of different roles in various locations all across Cheshire and Wirral. 

Currently we have nearly 300 amazing people who volunteer with us regularly, in nearly 30 different volunteering roles. They give an enormous amount of their time and energy to us!

Volunteering with CWP

If you are interested in volunteering with us, you can get in touch via email cwp.volunteering@nhs.net or phone us on 01244 397 173.

When you first get in touch, please let us know answers to the questions below this will assist us in finding a suitable volunteering role for you:

  • What are your goals for volunteering? - Knowing more about your motivations and expectations will assist us in finding a suitable opportunity for you. We also ask this because sometimes people contact us asking for volunteering opportunities, when they are actually looking for some work experience. These two options have very different application processes, so we want to ensure we are pointing you in the right direction.
  • What is your availability? - We ask our volunteers to commit to a minimum of six months with us to begin with. Are there any particular days / times that you would prefer to volunteer with us? We do also aim to be flexible in how we tailor our volunteering roles, so that we can accommodate each individual person’s needs.
  • What is your age? - Please note that you must be aged 18 or above to volunteer with us.
  • Where are you based?Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is based at more than 65 different sites across the whole of Cheshire and the Wirral. We aim to identify suitable volunteering opportunities in areas close to where people are based.

Volunteering and Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

CWP is committed to treating all people equally and fairly, in line with our policy on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We accept each volunteer based on their suitability for the role alone. We will not discriminate against any person because of age, disability, ethnicity and race, gender, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion and belief, or sexual orientation.

Lived Experience Connector® Volunteers

What is a Lived Experience Connector®?

They are people who have personal experience of accessing services. They work with us on a voluntary basis, and each one is matched-up with a Trainee Nursing Associate at the beginning of their two year course. For the Trainee Nursing Associates, hearing about the experience of others will help them to reflect on their own clinical practice. It will also help them to develop good relational skills, so that they can give the best possible person-centred care.

 

NB: The above video was filmed before Covid 19 restrictions were in place.

If you are interested in becoming a Lived Experience Connector® please email cwp.volunteering@nhs.net

Current volunteering opportunities

  • Feedback Volunteer

    Volunteer Feedback Role – Learning Disabilities, Autism and ADHD and Acquired Brain Injury Service 

    The post holder will be part of a network of volunteers working with the Participation and Engagement Practitioner to collect feedback from people who use our service, their families and carers in the care group. To find out more click here

  • Meet and Greet Volunteer - Various Locations

    Meet and Greet Volunteer – Starting Well team

    The post holder would provide support to the Children Centre team, meeting and greeting visitors and directing people to areas within the centre. The post holder will work alongside the team to provide a peer support presence in the Centres to encourage and enhance community engagement, access and positive experience of the Centres. To find out more click here

    Locations:

    Northwich

    Blacon

    Lache

    Frodsham

    Winsford

    Ellesmere Port

    Wharton

  • Talk and Support Volunteer

     

    Talk and Support Role - Learning Disabilities Team

    This support you will be giving will be a regular phone call. The calls can be flexible to suit the time you have available to give, and would be agreed between yourself and the person you are supporting – providing Companionship, Support, Check in and Listening ear. To find out more click here

     

  • Toy Library Volunteer - Various Locations

    Toy Library Support Volunteer – Starting Well team

    The post holder will work alongside the Starting Well Team to deliver Toy Bags to families in the community as part of the Toy Library Programme. This role will have contact with families to promote the toy library and contribute to the delivery of the programme through booking and collecting alongside the Starting Well team. To find out more click here

    Locations:

    Northwich

    Blacon

    Lache

    Frodsham

    Winsford

    Ellesmere Port

    Wharton

  • Gardener Volunteer - Bowmere Hospital

    Gardener Volunteer - Bowmere Hospital

    The post holder would support the Occupational Therapy team with the maintenance and development of a therapeutic garden. The post holder would also support the facilitation of gardening as a therapeutic activity for service users. To find out more click here

  • Meet and Greet Volunteer- Delamere House

    We have a new and exciting opportunity based at Delamere House, we are looking for a volunteer to act in a ‘meet and greet’ capacity.You will be based in reception, which has recently been refitted, fully behind secure screens and fully supported We are looking for someone who is resilient as it is a busy service – which we always give with a smile.

    It would be great to hear from volunteer’s who are able to offer ‘blocks’ of time (for example number of hours in the morning  / or afternoon) but we are very flexible. To find out more click here.

  • Beauty Therapist Volunteer - Silk Ward, Soss Moss Site

    At Silk house we believe it is really important to support our patients who are living with Dementia.
    Service users on Silk ward are often in the end stages of dementia but can still benefit significantly from stimulating interaction, social engagement and happiness that can be gained from something as simple as a hand-massage or hairdressing treatment.
    We are looking for volunteer’s – even if it’s a few hours a week who can support us and the people who are living with Dementia in our care.
    The post holder would support inpatient service users and the Occupational Therapy team with carrying out self-care and pamper interventions such as hairdressing, hand massage and nail painting.
    This role directly supports service users in a very practical way to encourage motivation for self-care and to maintain previous levels of beauty care.

    To find out more please click here

  • Lived Experience Connector® Volunteer

    Lived Experience Connector® volunteers are people who have personal experience of accessing services. They work with us on a voluntary basis, and each one is matched up 1-to-1 with a Trainee Nursing Associate at the beginning of their two year training course. To find out more click here

    Various locations

If you are interested in applying for any of the above roles please email cwp.volunteering@nhs.net

Please click here to read more about our volunteer application process.

Please note that we experience a high level of demand for volunteering opportunities at our Trust, and regretfully this means we cannot accommodate all volunteering requests that we receive. This could mean that at the present time we may not have a suitable volunteering opportunity available for you, but we will certainly do our best!

At CWP, we are also unable to take on new volunteers without having both a clear Volunteer Role Description for you and a named member of staff who has capacity to supervise you. This is because it is vitally important to us that the volunteering experience is meaningful for our volunteers and also for our staff.

“All the staff fully appreciate the work I do, and I am made to feel part of the team” Quote from a CWP volunteer

“Since becoming a volunteer with CWP my confidence has grown and I have made a few friends along the way!” Quote from a CWP volunteer

 

 

 

 

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