Without our volunteers we simply couldn’t do what we do. Our volunteers are the backbone of our charity.
Dorset Mind volunteers help us deliver our mental health support services across our vast county in a variety of roles across the charity. We offer voluntary positions that suit the times you’re able to commit – and your level of experience.
Volunteering for Dorset Mind offers a life-changing opportunity to directly affect change and help support people with mental health conditions in Dorset. We ensure that people make real connections with each other and feel valued as part of our hardworking and dedicated team.
Above all, our staff and volunteers have a shared sense of purpose.
We celebrate diversity and don’t discriminate against age, gender or culture. Contrary to this, we need volunteers of all ages and backgrounds to reach the many diverse local communities within Dorset.
“Volunteering is not like a job, people do it for many reasons – but the one thing that shines through is the individual commitment to help.”
Ken Heap, Chair of Trustees.
The Benefits of Volunteering
Psychology and research shows that volunteering helps improve your mental wellbeing and can bring enormous satisfaction into your life.
By giving back to your community through volunteering you’ll gain an enormous sense of wellbeing as you help make a difference to the lives of others.
“77% of people said that volunteering improved their mental health”
Time Well Spent: a National survey of the voluntary experience. National Council for Voluntary Organisations and YouGov, January 2019.
What we offer…
Our volunteers often come to us to help stop others from experiencing what they’ve been through themselves.
They help us support people by using their lived experience and empathy.
As part of a national organisation we deliver a professional standard of training in mental health awareness and a full induction to the charity to ensure we support you in your role.
We’re proud of who we are and what we do – and we want you to be too.
We also offer regular contact and support from our volunteer team to ensure you have a great experience with us. We offer the opportunity to gain experience, improve your life skills and develop ideas.
Dorset Mind recognises and celebrates the great work our volunteers do at our annual awards night and we also have socials where people can come together to compare their experiences and develop friendships.
Volunteering can also be a stepping-stone to paid work, employers note volunteer experience as a positive addition to a cv.
What we require…
In return for joining our incredible team, we ask for at least 6 months commitment to our cause.
We’re looking for friendly, committed, honest, considerate and approachable people that are committed to supporting our aims and mission. (link to DM’s mission).
Volunteering as a befriender
Becoming a befriender takes a certain kind of individual.
We ask for a reliable long-term commitment of one year as we take matching our befriending clients with our befriending volunteers very seriously.
It’s a hugely important and personable role. The professional friendship that can develop can quite literally save a life, it really is life-changing.
An ideal befriending volunteer candidate will have a reasonable knowledge of mental health, be empathic and compassionate, non-judgemental and also be dedicated. We find that people who are looking to make a significant difference to someone’s life are the perfect fit.
Main Purpose: To organise the weekly group sessions, support the activity lead in planning the weekly activities, and act as the safeguarding lead for the group; providing safeguarding advice and following safeguarding protocol when required to do so. This will…
Main Purpose: To organise and lead the weekly parent group sessions which take place alongside the young person’s group. This will include organising topics for discussion, leading the weekly meetings, and keeping parents up to date with group information in…
Main Purpose: To welcome and engage with teenagers attending the group (meet and greet) and working one to one with young people who need additional support. This role will involve active listening, responding appropriately and potentially signposting to alternative services…
Main Purpose: To organise and lead weekly activities for a group of young people with ASD and anxiety. This will include helping to plan the activity in advance and leading the group in completing the activity. This role will involve…
Main Purpose: Are you aged under 25 years old? Do you have a passion for helping others and challenging perceptions about mental health? Are you driven by the idea of ending stigma and discrimination? Are you looking for an exciting…
Main Purpose: Do you have a passion for helping others and improving mental health support? Are you looking for an exciting sense of purpose, personal growth and an opportunity to make an important contribution to society? If this sounds like…
Main Purpose: To support The GAP Project- which provides a safe, welcoming non-judgemental wellbeing ecotherapy service. The service aims to support people to develop positive mental health through meaningful and therapeutic ecotherapy. There will be a variety of hourly sessions…
Main Purpose: To support the Fundraising and Events team from within the office or virtually with regular input to the preparation and planning of our new Jump into January campaign to include branding, marketing, promotion and research. For the full list…
Main Purpose: To support the Fundraising and Events team by leading an activity for Jump into January participants. Propose an activity to last around an hour at a location of your choice within Dorset and to complete relevant risk assessments,…
Main Purpose: To become part of a successful team of volunteers who befriend individuals who are experiencing mental health problems with a view to: Creating a valued relationship Helping to improve self-confidence Reduce social isolation by providing telephone contact and…
How to volunteer for Dorset Mind
To join our movement, make a note of what vacancy you’re interested in and click on the links above. You’ll be asked to email our application form to email@example.com – if required, please send us your CV too.
We look forward to welcoming you to our team!