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.
Due to a change in our staff team we are currently unable to process new volunteer enquiries. We hope to begin processing enquiries again as soon as possible so please back again for updates in a few weeks’ time.
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.
Birmingham Mind is a Covid-19 Vaccine Positive Organisation. In some of our services the vaccine is mandatory, but we actively encourage all staff 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 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?
There are several ways in which you can help us by volunteering:
- 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 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