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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.


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 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.

“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.

How to volunteer for Dorset Mind

To join our movement, click on the vacancy you’re interested in below, where you will find the role description, an application form to complete and return to us along with a monitoring form . Once you have completed these 2 forms, please email them to – if required, please send us your CV too.

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

** Volunteer role of the week **

Our Wellbeing Check-in Service within Children and Young People service was created in response to Covid-19, and the rising need to reach out to young people.

The service is designed for young people aged 10-25 (FROM SCHOOL YEAR 6) who would like neutral and confidential support for mild to moderate mental health needs.  Through this service we provide weekly ‘check-ins’ over zoom or over the phone with a trained volunteer.

The idea of this service is not for the volunteers to give the young people advice or counselling, but to be a person external to the situations they are experiencing who can provide them with emotional support, active listening and help to find and reach their own goals and solutions.

Each participant is offered a session of up to 60 minutes once a week for a maximum of 6 months.

If this is something you would like to volunteer for, we will provide you with all the training you will need plus regular supervision. In return we ask for minimum 6 months commitment and around 2hrs a week work.
You will also become part of a friendly and proactive team.


For more information, please see follow this link to the role description and application form .

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Volunteer as a befriender- we are now looking for Telephone and Face-to-face Befrienders.

Becoming a befriender takes a certain kind of individual!

We ask for a reliable commitment of a minimum of 6 months, as we take matching our participants with  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 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.

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