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Without our volunteers we simply couldn’t do what we do. Our volunteers are the backbone of our charity.

Volunteering for Dorset Mind

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…

Dan and Ben volunteering for Dorset Mind

Photo (c) Libby James Watt

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.

To find out more, please follow this link.

Current Vacancies

Posted 4 days ago

Dorset Mind are seeking a Trustee who has a background or interest in Children and Young People’s mental health. In order to deliver Dorset Mind’s 5-Year Strategy, our Board of Trustees constantly reflect on the range and extent of the…

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Responsible to: Service Delivery Manager or Volunteer Manager Time commitment requested: Minimum of 3 hours per week for a period of 3 months Location: Dorchester office DBS check: Not required for this role Main Purpose To carry out a range…

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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 submit an application form – and if suitable, please upload your CV too.

We look forward to welcoming you to our team!

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