Volunteering can bring many benefits - whether that's learning new skills or rediscovering old skills and passing on skills, building confidence, meeting new people, being valued. All things that contribute to positive mental health.
At Manchester Mind we are increasing our volunteer opportunities and all will be supported with training and supervision. We have a number of volunteering opportunities across the organisation, including in:
Befriending (under 25s), Catering, Administration, Advice Work, Driving, Mentoring, Training Support and Social Media
We provide training and support in all volunteer roles. You can click on this link to read a General Introduction to Volunteering.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to funding restrictions for all roles EXCEPT the Driver, Catering and Kitchen Buddy roles, we can only accept applications from those living in the City of Manchester i.e. those with postcodes beginning 'M' followed by 1, 2, 3 (Manchester not Salford), 4, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16 (Manchester not Trafford), 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 40 or 90. For the Driver and Kitchen Buddy roles we accept applications from any postcode of residence.
We have vacancies for volunteer drivers and also drivers' assistants. This would involve driving our delivery van and delivering buffets or assisting the driver. You would also help to prepare food in our kitchens from time to time. You would ideally volunteer for one day a week for 3 to 4 hours usually between 10am and about 1pm or 2pm for both of these roles.
Below are some of the role descriptions for other volunteer positions.
If you're not yet sure how you want to get involved please contact us on 0161 769 5732 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The experience that I have gained by volunteering at Manchester Mind has been invaluable. Volunteering has made me more confident in my personal life but has also aided me to be more successful in my work life too. The training that I received was excellent and enabled me to get a job as a support worker for people with severe mental health needs.
I have been volunteering now for almost two years and have volunteered as a mentor in the cafe. I worked with one person who had been struggling to engage in new activities or become involved in the community. Through mentoring we worked together to identify new activities that she enjoyed and began to slowly introduce these into her weekly schedule including art groups and Zumba classes. She eventually left the cafe to start a college course.
Another person I worked with had extremely low confidence and experienced depression; she had little motivation or direction and struggled socially. After working with her for a few months she grew in confidence began swimming and going to the gym. She also began to volunteer and now has started to look for a part time job too. Mentoring is an excellent way to promote recovery and wellbeing and encourage community involvement.
Without Manchester Mind my life would not be as positive and focused as it is today.