Volunteer for Us
Volunteers provide the perfect complement to our services. They bring varied skills, experiences and ideas to our organisation and help to enhance and benefit the support we can provide to our service users.
If you are interested in volunteering with us please review our current vacancies as below or contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Andrew Nicholls on 0121 608 8001. Please be aware we can only offer a volunteering role for those 18 and over. Unfortunately Birmingham Mind is unable to accommodate requests for work experience / student study placements.
All our current vacancies can be seen at
We receive a great number of requests from people interested in supporting us and you will only be shortlisted to attend an interview if your skills/interests match the roles required by us.
- Complete a simple registration form
- Attend an informal interview to discuss how you would like to volunteer at Birmingham Mind. If suitable and you are still interested a DBS will be completed and references requested
- Once DBS clearance and a reference has been received you will be invited to meet your assigned supervisor at your placement
- You will complete a short induction and can begin your volunteering
- You will be given regular support by your supervisor and have the opportunity to get support from other volunteers during our volunteer meetings. You also have the opportunity to take part in training opportunities available here at Birmingham Mind
What can you do as a volunteer?
Volunteers can support us in a number of different ways from providing assistance with administrative tasks to befriending a resident in one of our residential homes. We also have a number of volunteers placed within our Wellbeing and Recovery Service who help with the delivery of some of our groups or helping with a Wellbeing and Social Support Session.
How can we support you as a volunteer?
- You will receive training and go through an induction before you begin your role as a volunteer
- You are allocated a supervision to ensure you receive regular support
- You will have access to our in-house training
- You will be invited to attend quarterly volunteer meetings to share your experiences with fellow volunteers
- Attend yearly celebrations
What volunteers say about supporting us…
Whilst volunteering for Birmingham Mind I have been made aware of such a variation of contribution, not just for the volunteer themselves but the people you have decided to give that extra bit of time for. I have been put into such a warm environment, where simply I have developed positive working relationships with service users and staff. My self-confidence has grown not just where I volunteer but in other aspects of my life. I hope the time I spend with Birmingham Mind as a volunteer will be part of a gateway to even more interesting developments
Benefits of volunteering
People chose to volunteer for a number of different reasons, from wanting to build their confidence, gain experience to helping others. Volunteering can help you to:
- Gain new skills, knowledge and experience which can help to enhance your CV and improve your employment prospects
- Make friends and meet new people
- Make a difference to your community
- Build your confidence and self-esteem
- Support others
Volunteering is also good for your health
A report commissioned by Volunteering England and researched by the University of Wales, Lamperter found that:
Volunteering has a positive effect on volunteers’ health. It can impact their:
- ability to cope with their own ill-health
- family relationships
- quality of life
- social support and interaction
- self-esteem and sense of purpose
The report also found that volunteering reduces the incidence of:
Volunteering also has a positive effect on the health of service users, outcomes included:
- increased self-esteem and confidence
- better social interaction, integration and support
- reduced depression
- reduced burden on carers
- decreased anxiety
- improved relationships between patients and health professionals