Volunteers provide the perfect compliment 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.
What can you do as a volunteer?
There are several ways in which you can help us by volunteering:
- Working with staff members to deliver a group, session or service.
- Help to improve service users’ self-esteem and confidence by going out with them to the shops or local community centres.
- Supporting workers during activity groups.
- Assisting with administrative tasks.
A lot of the volunteer roles at Birmingham Mind are varied depending on your skills and what you can bring to the organisation, so if you have any particular skills or areas of interest please let us know.
How can we support you as a volunteer?
- You will receive training and go through and induction before you begin your role as a volunteer
- You are allocated a supervisor to ensure you receive regular training
- 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
Become a Helpline Volunteer
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 references have 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
Criteria and Requirements
We can only offer a volunteering role for those 18 and over.
Birmingham Mind is unable to accommodate requests for work experience / student study placements.
Birmingham Mind is a Covid-19 Vaccine Positive Organisation. In some of our services the vaccine is mandatory, we actively encourage all staff and volunteers to have the vaccination to limit the spread and effects of the virus. People with severe and enduring mental ill health are more likely to be negatively affected by covid.
We encourage people who have lived experience of mental health problems to apply for volunteering roles at Birmingham Mind. You can read a copy of our Equality Statement here.
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.