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 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 from within the office with administration duties related to our Jump into January campaign. This will include (but not be limited to) data entry, tracking new registrants, preparing and sending out…
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 provide emotional support (up to 1 hour per week or fortnight for up to 6 months) for anyone between the ages of 11-25 who needs support with their emotional wellbeing. You will help the client explore any…
Main Purpose To oversee the wellbeing of the volunteers at The GAP Project. The volunteers meet twice weekly so ideally the candidate would attend one session a fortnight and would liaise with the team to ensure the project is running…
Main Purpose To manage new and existing participants at The GAP Project. While in lockdown the facilitator will keep in contact with referral organisations and potential participants. Once the project is open once again the role will include meeting with…
Main Purpose To work alongside The GAP project volunteers and Dorset Mind staff in managing the spending of grants allocated to The GAP Project and creating reports. The GAP Project provide a safe, welcoming non-judgemental wellbeing ecotherapy service. The service…
The Marketing & Social Media Assistant will contribute to the success of the Income Generation Strategy and the uptake of services of Dorset Mind Your Head.
The Marketing & Social Media Assistant will contribute to the success of the Income Generation Strategy and the uptake of services of Dorset Mind.
Main Purpose: To support The GAP Project during lockdown by carrying out everyday tasks such as watering and weeding. We are looking for volunteers who live in walking distance of Louds Mill Allotments who would be happy to use their…
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 firstname.lastname@example.org – if required, please send us your CV too.
We look forward to welcoming you to our team!