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 events team from within the office and help ensure that a supporter and/or donor’s experience with Dorset Mind is a good one. You will research and organise events for Dorset Mind and also externally organised…
Main Purpose: To provide a professional one to one counselling service (offered in blocks of 6 weeks with 50 minutes allocated to each session) for anyone between the ages of 11-25 who needs support with their emotional wellbeing. You will…
Main Purpose: To welcome and engage with teenagers attending the group (meet and greet) and assisting the group lead complete any necessary paperwork. This role will involve active listening, responding appropriately and potentially signposting to alternative services and sources of…
Main purpose: To lead a team of volunteers at either an awareness event or fundraising event. The usual duties will include; An awareness event: let people know about the work of Dorset Mind across Dorset (including: support services, training, education,…
Main purpose: To collect donations from the public at Dorset Mind supported events across Dorset. Represent Dorset Mind with a professional manner. When appropriate; hand out stickers to give thanks. Some events may require you to use our card machine…
Main purpose: To attend awareness events and let people know about the work of Dorset Mind across Dorset (including: support services, training, education, partnership and volunteering opportunities). In addition, this will include signposting people towards appropriate help where required. For…
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 supporting clients to…
Main purpose: To welcome and engage with participants attending groups (particularly new members) and assisting them with completing registration forms and feedback paperwork. The role also involves supporting the group facilitator lead discussions, encouraging peer support and appropriately responding to…
Main purpose: To welcome and engage with participants attending groups (meet and greet) and assisting the group facilitator/co-facilitator complete necessary paperwork. This role will involve active listening, responding appropriately to participant enquiries and at times signposting to alternative services and…
Main purpose: Dorset Mind aims is to create focus groups of people in every town in Dorset. The groups will comprise well-respected community leaders – people who have an interest in mental health and wellbeing, business people and owners, 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!