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“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.

Why choose Dorset Mind?

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.


Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Our ambition is to advocate towards a more inclusive environment for all at Dorset Mind, which attracts all candidates who wish to join Dorset Mind. This commitment helps us achieve our mission to celebrate and promote diversity.

We support equality and inclusion within our recruitment process and throughout people’s journeys with us to allow applicants to understand our core values. These are underpinned by our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and Policy.

Dorset Mind strives to be a diverse and inclusive charity where we can ALL be ourselves. We particularly encourage applications from people from Minority Ethnic backgrounds and Underrepresented communities.

Volunteering for Dorset Mind

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.

You can also meet new people and gain new skills and experience.

“Do you feel your volunteering contribution is meaningful and rewarding at Dorset Mind? 100% said Yes

Volunteer Survey result from Volunteers at Dorset Mind 2022

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 our investment in you and your training, we ask for at least 6 months commitment to our cause.

We require open and reliable communication at all times and respect be given to anyone connected to Dorset Mind- including Staff, Volunteers, Participants and the wider community.

Above all, we’re looking for friendly, honest, considerate and approachable people that are committed to supporting our aims and mission.

How to volunteer for Dorset Mind

To join our movement, follow this link to see our current vacancies and how to apply!

To learn more about Dorset Mind before you apply- head to our home page and follow the relevant drop down menus.

If you are interested in volunteering with Dorset Mind Your Head (our Children and Young Persons service), and would like to learn more about this department, please head to: 

We look forward to hearing from you and hopefully welcoming you to our growing team of volunteers!

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