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Volunteering at Gaddum

Volunteers are essential to what I do. You help me reach and support more people across Greater Manchester. I have a range of different volunteer roles you can get involved in, each with varying time commitments and levels of experience needed. There’s something for everyone and I’m here to support you on every step of your volunteering journey!

I will provide you with a full induction, training and development opportunities, as well as ongoing support throughout your journey with me.

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in your local community, gain new skills, share your knowledge, meet new people, make friends and have fun! Check out how you can get involved below.

Therapy Administrator Volunteer

We are currently looking for a Therapy Administrator Volunteer to join our team.

As a Therapy Administrator Volunteer, you’ll be a vital part of our Therapy Services Team working alongside other dedicated professionals to help make a real difference to people across Greater Manchester.

The role will primarily be providing administrative support to the Adult Counselling.

If you are interested please email info@gaddum.org.uk or call 0161 834 6069 with your full name, telephone number and the volunteer role you are interested in to discuss the volunteering opportunity and request an application form.

Therapy Administrator Volunteer

Carers Manchester Comms and Admin Volunteer

Interested in volunteering for Carers Manchester? Can you commit to half a day a week for a minimum of 6 months?

Carers Manchester are looking for a Comms and Admin Volunteer to support the Carers Manchester Contact Point team.

You will undertake a range of tasks that will contribute to the development and delivery of the service. These include; gathering feedback from carers, writing for our website and newsletter, supporting with social media and assisting with day to day administration.

The role will be key to ensuring carers voices are heard and that their feedback and stories are central to service development and promotion. Find out more on the links below.

Carers Manchester Comms and Admin Volunteer Role Description 

Carers Manchester Comms and Admin Volunteer Application Form

Please send the completed application form to gemma.airey@gaddum.org.uk. 

Citizen Commissioner

Gaddum in partnership with Manchester City Council are looking for people in Manchester to become part of a group of Citizen Commissioners.

What are Citizen Commissioners?

Citizen Commissioners are local people, trained and supported to actively represent Manchester’s diverse communities. They will allow local people and Manchester City Council to plan, design and deliver public services together, ensuring services make a real difference to the people and communities they are for.

This is an opportunity to local people to become equal partners in the shaping of support services for Manchester.

We are all experts in our own experiences so whether you have experience of accessing support services in Manchester, experience of supporting someone else to or have not accessed services at all, everyone has something valuable to add to the conversation.

What will Citizen Commissioners do?

This is an exciting volunteering opportunity for you to share your views, experiences, ideas and suggestions and shape future services for people in Manchester.

This is a flexible and varied role and some activities you might be involved in are attending events to speak and share your views, involvement in discussions, panels and working groups to shape services.

You can even develop your own consultations and focus groups to listen and better represent the voices of your community.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to help shape Manchester’s support offer and improve the lives of your community, please get in touch.

We will be recruiting for this volunteer role on an ongoing basis. If you’re interested in finding out more information, or would like to apply, please email info@gaddum.org.uk or call 0161 834 6069 and ask to speak to Keisha Tomlinson.

Activities and Groups Volunteer

Can you support at one of our popular and much needed activities or groups for adult carers or young carers? From coffee mornings (currently virtual) to wellbeing walks, one-off activities like cinema trips or skateboarding, to regular groups like arts club, we really value volunteers’ help with event set up, tidy up and carer engagement.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic this role is currently on hold. Check back here for more information soon!

Counsellor Volunteer

Gaddum always welcomes applications from qualified and experienced Therapists to support our valuable work in Greater Manchester. Volunteer opportunities are currently available in our Adult Counselling Service and IAPT service.

As a Counsellor Volunteer you will be working alongside a dedicated and diverse team of counsellors, therapists and social workers all passionate about supporting people through difficult times. We can offer you a broad range of clients, access to a community of therapists and support with your development. We ask that Counsellor Volunteers can commit to 3 clients per week and a minimum of 6 months.

If you are a trainee Counsellor or Therapist and looking for a placement to complete your counselling hours, please see our Student Placements section.

Events Volunteer

Gaddum attends lots of events and venues in the local community. With pop-up stands / a stall, we give out information about our services to the general public. If you’d like to volunteer at one of these events and help give out leaflets, chat to people and help raise awareness of the services and support we provide, we’d really value your contribution.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic this role is currently on hold. Check back here for more information soon!

Lived Experience Volunteer - Carers Salford

Gaddum Carers Salford are looking for people in Salford with lived experience of being a carer to join the Carers Steering Group.

What do we mean by ‘lived experience of being a carer’?

Quite simply – we are all experts in our own journeys and our experiences are what makes us unique.  No one person experiences life the same way, and because of that we believe that there isn’t one solution for every barrier we have in life. Therefore, if you’ve experienced something (either currently or in the past), you have your own, unique, lived experience of it!

The NHS defines a carer as “anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support”.

What’s the ‘Carers Steering Group’?

It’s an exciting volunteering opportunity for you to share your views, experiences, ideas and suggestions and help shape future services for carers in Salford.

Our aim is that there is “no decision about you, without you.”

We believe carers should have an equal say and involvement in the decisions which impact and affect their lives. By making decisions together, we will co-produce a range of support that is right for carers in Salford, empowers and enhances carers’ lives.

How can I get involved?

If you would like to use your lived experience (as a current or former carer) to help shape our service-offer and improve the lives of carers in Salford, please get in touch!

We will be recruiting for this volunteer role later on in the year. If you’re interested in finding out more information, or would like us to get in touch with you when we open up this volunteer role, please email info@gaddum.org.uk or call 0161 834 6069 and ask to speak to Jemma Houghton, Carers Volunteer & Involvement Worker. Looking forward to chatting!

Student Placements

Counselling / Therapy Placements

Gaddum offers placements for students completing courses in Counselling or Psychotherapy in the following services: Adult Counselling, IAPT service and Child and Young Peron’s Therapy.

Our placements offer clinical hours towards accreditation for your course (though some courses do not accept child counselling hours, so check with your tutor before applying for a placement in our CYP Therapy service). Please note that due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, much of our therapeutic work is being delivered remotely.

Requirements:

Students need to have the following in order to undertake placements with Gaddum:

  • Valid student membership with a professional ethics body.
  • Valid supervision arrangements, meeting the specifications of their approved ethics body.
  • Be studying one of the following:
  • Level 7 post-graduate CBT course, with a recognised University.
  • Level 4 or 5 person centred counsellor diploma.
  • Any other undergraduate level counselling courses, which require a practical element; are delivered by a recognised University; and provide eligibility for BACP registration (including Certificate of Proficiency route). Gaddum may consider other courses or arrangements by exception.
  • We also welcome trained counsellors and therapists who are willing to give their time to support our valuable work. Please see our Volunteers page for more information.

Therapy Placement Role Description

We also have placements available for  trainee Therapists of children and young people (CYP).

CYP Therapy Placement Role Description

Application process To apply, please fill in the relevant forms below.

Therapy Placement Application Form

CYP Therapy Placement Application Form

Once we’ve assessed your application, you may be invited for an interview. If you are successful, we will arrange for you to have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check before starting placement with us.

 

 

 

It was lovely seeing the difference Gaddum makes in the community. I’d love to volunteer with Gaddum again in the future.

Events volunteer

Being a carer and shielding has been difficult. My volunteers friendly voice each week has helped me feel less isolated.

Volunteer beneficiary

As a carer volunteering with carers I have been able to share my experiences to help others. It feels good helping others like me and allows me to connect with other carers too.

Lived Experience Volunteer

If you’re interested in volunteering, or have any questions, send me an email to info@gaddum.org.uk or call me on 0161 834 6069.