Peer Volunteer – Family Interventions Team

  • Existing NottsHC Volunteers
  • New Volunteer Applicants
  • Nottinghamshire

Peer Volunteer – Family Interventions Team

Role Description:

The Family Interventions Team (FIT) offer a range of training to staff working in Adult Mental Health;

e.g., 5-day Behavioural Family Therapy training, 1-day Family Work Refresher Workshops. The aim of training is to increase knowledge and confidence of trainees when working with Carers, Family, Siblings and Friends (CFS&F). The role of the volunteer is to share their lived experiences of being a carer and/or receiving Family Work.

As a FIT Peer Volunteer you must be able to talk about some aspects of your lived experience/story to strangers in a confident professional manner. Volunteers meet with FIT team staff to plan how to share stories this may be through a planned Q&A session, written feedback or open narrative, depending on volunteer preference.


Duncan MacMillan House, Rampton, Highbury Hospital, Bassetlaw Mental Health Unit, Millbrook Mental health Unit and local, private premises.

Time commitment:

One hour to one day dependent on type of training being delivered.

Key Tasks:

  • Welcoming and talking with staff
  • Story sharing
  • Opportunity to participate in small group exercises

Desired skills and experience:

  • Have an understanding of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Services
  • Know about and have experience receiving support from the Family Intervention Team
  • Be able to talk about your lived experience with particular focus on benefits of Family Work and involvement
  • Excellent communication skills, particularly oral
  • Friendly, approachable manner
  • Able to use own initiative, reliable, confident
  • Understands confidentiality
  • Enthusiasm, clean and well presented.
  • Listening skills
  • Sensitive and tactful nature
  • Emotionally mature
  • Compassion

What Nottinghamshire Healthcare offers volunteers:


All volunteers in Nottinghamshire Healthcare are supported by a dedicated team of staff and each volunteer will have a named person within the Volunteering Team as their point of contact. If volunteers are within services, they will also have a named staff member within the service itself. We offer provide regular supervisions with each volunteer to help review their support, their training and their voluntary role. We offer reimbursement of out of pocket expenses, as detailed in expenses policy. References can also be provided after six months of volunteering

Training & Development

We offer support in completing the National Volunteer Certificate and offer further development and training opportunities that are available.

You will also receive an induction to Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust as well as a local induction to the service/placement location.


We’re proud of our community of volunteers that we support throughout Nottinghamshire Healthcare. They are integrated into staff teams and within our services with patients and carers. Our Involvement Centres act as hubs for their work, training and events. We also offer an online NottsHC Volunteer Hub to further support and nurture our community of volunteers.

How to Apply

New Volunteer Applicants:

All new volunteer applicants for this role must complete and return a Registration Form. Completed forms can be emailed back to the Volunteering Team or sent via post to the DMH Involvement Centre, Duncan MacMillan House, Porchester Road, Mapperley, Nottingham, NG3 6AA

Please note:

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 (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions. If successfully shortlisted for this role, you will be sent an invite to interview and links to complete an online DBS check, links to online training which must be completed before the role starts. If you had any questions about the role, the application process or about volunteering with us, get in touch and we’d be happy to help.

Closing date for applications: Ongoing

Interview date: To be arranged upon application

Current Nottinghamshire Healthcare Volunteers:

If you already volunteer with us, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and return to the Volunteering Team. Completed forms can be emailed back to the Volunteering Team or sent to one of the Involvement Centres.