Support Volunteer – CAMHS (Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services) Participation Group

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The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Participation Group brings together young people (aged 14-24) in a relaxed and information way.

Purpose of the group:

  • Hear updates from YP involved in different projects.
  • Hear about opportunities where young people can get involved to co-design the development of CAMHS services (such as information development, service development).
  • Plan awareness events such as Mental health weeks, Carers week, PRIDE, Black History month.
  • Share your experience (you are welcome to share your experience of CAMHS services, but only if this feels like something you are happy to do).
  • Build your confidence.
  • Learn the skills of working together with other young people and staff to improve care.
  • Meet other young people who have had similar experiences.

Volunteer Role Description

Volunteers will provide support to the group host (Placement Officer) and participate during the sessions, but also to support in the development of the group by helping to plan sessions, take notes and share ideas.

Key Tasks

  • Aged between 16 and 24
  • Attend meetings when invited wherever possible (letting the host know if you cannot attend).
  • Know your own limits, ask for help when needed.
  • Be punctual, represent yourself well in respect of personal hygiene, appropriate dress, respectful language and behaviour.
  • Try to understand the range of views and experiences of the people you are representing so that you represent them as best you can.
  • Prepare for meetings (for example, read agendas or minutes ahead of time if they’re provided).
  • To actively listen and be attentive in meetings.
  • To participate where appropriate, asking questions, bringing ideas and insight.
  • Supporting the group by encouraging participation
  • Check emails, texts, or phone for messages before attending meetings to pick up information or notification of cancellations.
  • Welcoming and talking to YP, who may have a range of Mental Health and/or Intellectual and Developmental difficulties
  • Liaising with the placement officer to support the group and the Young person
  • Supporting the collection of feedback from the group, using Trust feedback systems (training will be provided)

Desired skills and experience:

  • Know about, or are willing to learn about, the CAMHS Involvement Group
  • Good listening skills
  • Sensitive and tactful nature
  • Emotionally mature
  • Compassionate
  • Reliable & trustworthy


MS Teams (training will be provided as required) moving to Face 2 face as restrictions allow.

Time commitment:

The group currently meets virtually (over MS Teams) once a month on a Wednesday from 4:30 until 5.30pm.   The length of the placement will be approximately 6 months, with on going 3 monthly review periods.

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 the Volunteer Registration Form. Completed forms can be emailed back to the Volunteering Team –

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 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 –