Patient Activity Volunteer - British Sign Language

  • VO75296


The State Hospital Board for Scotland are looking for an individual with experience of using British Sign Language (BSL) to help support the provision of activities for patients using BSL within the Skye Centre which offers various activities such as animal assisted therapy, horticulture, sports and fitness, arts and crafts, education, library, shop, cafe and social events.

The volunteer would work in conjunction with a range of staff to provide support to patients who use BSL who may be admitted to the hospital.

The State Hospital is one of four high secure psychiatric hospitals in the UK, located in South Lanarkshire. The principal aim is to rehabilitate patients all of whom are detained in the hospital under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act (2003).

Organisation aims and objectives

The State Hospital is a national resource which provide special security for mentally disordered offenders. The catchment area we cover is the whole of Scotland and Northern Ireland, which makes travelling difficult for some of the relatives. Some patients have no visitors at all and given that the length of stay (on average) is 6.5 years, this can have a significant impact on the patients.










Frequency and commitment details

Commitment 1 Year 3 Hours, Weekly


Volunteers must be 18yrs or over. PVG Check and references are required. Must have experience in the use of BSL
Experience required: Experience in the use BSL, caring attitude, non-judgemental attitude, effective communication, aware of responsibilities in respect of sharing concerns, inclusive approach.
Travel details: This volunteering takes place in SOUTH LANARKSHIRE in Carstairs
Minimum age: 18


Expenses paid: Yes
Expenses details: Travel expenses are reimbursed.
Training details: All volunteers will be expected to complete a comprehensive induction programme which includes attendance at Breakaway Training, an occupational health assessment and mandatory training modules/workshops.
Support: Named Contact For Volunteer

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