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19/02/2020 23:59

Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust provides specialist inpatient and community mental health, learning disabilities, addiction services and acquired brain injury services for the people of Liverpool, Sefton and Kirkby, Merseyside. We also provide community physical health services in Liverpool and Sefton, secure mental health services for the North West of England, the West Midlands and Wales and specialist learning disability services across Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Merseyside. Our services are currently provided from 124 sites across the North West.

Our ambition is to deliver perfect care and become the world’s leading organisation in physical, mental health, addiction and learning disabilities. We set our own standards and goals for improvements in care rather than aiming to meet minimum standards set by other organisations. Our values are those of: Continuous Improvement, Accountability, Respect, Enthusiasm and Support. We are the first Trust in the UK to publicly commit and develop a policy to have zero suicides among people in our care by 2020.

We work closely with service users, carers and partner organisations, we've been able to make real improvements to our diverse range of services, from health and social care, right through to high secure provision. This passion to improve has been recognised by the CQC who have recently rated us “Good” overall and “Outstanding” for being well led.

Did you know that Mersey Care runs a volunteering programme facilitated through the Social Inclusion and Participation Team at the Life Rooms?

Volunteers play a fundamental part in enhancing the mental health and community services we provide. You can make such a difference to our service users’ health and wellbeing by volunteering today as part of our team!

We are looking to recruit volunteers into various settings across the Mersey Care footprint in a variety of roles which include:

  • Activity volunteer
  • Welcome volunteer
  • Befriending
  • Life Rooms volunteer

We also support a variety of roles that are specifically tailored for any person who has accessed or cared for somebody who has accessed Mersey Care services. Examples of this kind of role can include:

  • Supporting with the recruitment of new staff to Mersey Care
  • PLACE inspections
  • Attending Governance Meetings
  • Sharing your story at Corporate Induction

All volunteers are asked to commit to at least one 2 hour shift per week and to attend volunteer roles on a regular weekly basis for a minimum period of 6 months. Not only will this enable you to settle in to your surroundings and familiarise yourself with your duties, but it will help us to get to know you and ensure that the role is the right one for you.

No experience or expertise is needed to become a volunteer. All we require is that you:

  • Are over 18 years of age
  • Have good communication skills
  • Are friendly and reliable
  • Have an understanding of personal and professional boundaries
  • Work well in a team and independently

 In return for volunteering in Mersey Care we will support you with:

  • Role appropriate training
  • Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses
  • DBS check
  • Regular supervision

If you feel that volunteering is for you, please click on the "Apply" button and then complete the online application form.   If you need support to complete your application form please contact volunteering@merseycare.nhs.uk

We look forward to receiving your application.

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Applicant requirements

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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