Why become a volunteer?

Research has found that volunteering has a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Health in Mind is a great place to volunteer. In our recent volunteer satisfaction survey, volunteers rated involvement with us 4.75 out of 5 stars.

Our volunteers are vital to the support we provide, and we couldn’t support as many people without them.

In return for your time, experience and skills, we offer you the opportunity to take part in high-quality training, learn new skills, build your confidence, meet new people and make a difference to people using our services.

All volunteers get support, supervision and ongoing training.

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What should I think about before I volunteer?

Thanks for considering volunteering with us! Before you apply, it may help to think about:

  • What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
  • What do you want to achieve?
  • What skills can you offer?
  • What skills would you like to learn?

How do I become a volunteer?

Take a look at our volunteer roles to see which one interests you most.

You can then let us know you’re interested and we’ll get in touch to let you know what happens next. Most of our roles require an application form and an informal interview.

We’ll give you more information about the role and the training you need to get started. You’ll get ongoing support and supervision while volunteering with us.

What roles are available?

There’s a wide range of volunteering roles as most of our services are supported by volunteers. Opportunities include:

  • peer support
  • fundraising support
  • administration support
  • group assistance
  • training support

I don’t have a lot of spare time. Can I still volunteer?

Of course! We try to offer a wide range of opportunities so there’s something for everyone. We have ongoing roles with a commitment of 2-3 hours a week for 6 months, as well as occasional volunteering opportunities so you can get involved when you have time.

You can volunteer in person, or online.

Will someone be supporting me?

Yes. You’ll volunteer within a team and have a supervisor. They’ll provide you with ongoing support and regular supervision. Supervision is an opportunity to reflect on how your role is going – and for us to check that you’re still enjoying your role.

What happens when I apply?

We’ll invite you for an informal interview, and will also ask for references from two people who know you.

After the interview, you’ll get full training for your role.

Sometimes, after the interview, we might find that there’s another volunteering role that’d better suit your skills and experience. We’ll talk this over with you if this is the case.

Can I reclaim my expenses?

We encourage all our volunteers to claim their out-of-pocket expenses. You can do this once every two weeks or once a month depending on what suits you best.

What if my question isn’t answered here?

Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about volunteering with us. You can use the form below or email us at hello@health-in-mind.org.uk

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