Join the Emerge family, become an Emerge Hospital Volunteer!
Emerge is a Christian charity which exists to offer emotional support and advocacy to young people of all faiths and none who find themselves in A&E departments because of self-harm, emotional crisis or a suicide attempt. Our team members are Christians who have experienced God’s transforming love in their own lives, and because of this, have a unique opportunity they have to embody light and hope in situations that naturally seem very bleak. Our shared faith is in the very DNA of who we are. It's the reason we do what we do; it's why we are passionate about supporting and caring for all young people of all faiths and none. Our volunteers are usually members of local churches, so that they join with us in prayer, and so we stay united as a team in our practice and vision for supporting young people.
If you fit that description, and you have a genuine concern for young people, we would love for you to consider volunteering with us.
The purpose of our role is to take time to get to know the young person, discover what is important to them and help them express their feelings and needs to mental health professionals - being a voice of hope for each young person. We are also a voice of hope to each young person, encouraging them to grasp the help that is offered and believing that it can and will make a difference.
We provide full training and support, with 4 induction training sessions, followed by a period of shadowing an experienced team member. You'll also complete the hospital's Induction and Level 3 Safegaurding. We also access local external training such as Mental Health First Aid and Connect 5 in some areas.
How does it work? Volunteers commit to regular hospital sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis. On evenings which a volunteer is on duty, they are will be “On Call” from 7pm-11pm, this means being available to go in to the hospital at any moment, should we get a phone call referral. If there is no phone call, the volunteer will pick a time within that time slot of 7-11pm to do an outreach visit to the hospital. These outreach visits involve visiting the hospital to check the wards which we work in, to see if there are any young people in the wards who would benefit from seeing Emerge.
Team life also involves a monthly team meeting, where we have training, support one another and pray for the young people we're supporting.
Sounds great, what next? Becoming part of our team involves a short application form, and an interview - don't worry, it's not intimidating! Successful candidates will then need to register with their chosen hospital through the Voluntary Services Department which involves an Enhanced DBS and Occupational Health clearance.
Please don’t be put off by the process, it’s very important for the success of the work in helping vulnerable young people that we get these things in place and to ensure that we have the right people with the proper training. It is also for your own support as we want volunteers to be equipped and with a good idea of the aims and scope of the project so that they can be confident and relaxed in carrying out their role.
If you would like to have an informal discussion about this role, or for an application pack please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.