Become a Volunteer

Rainbow imageIf you would like to help us we would love to hear from you..

Volunteers are essential to Mind in Camden – bringing a wide range of experience, insight, interest and commitment.  One of our core principles is the desire to involve people who use, or have used, our services. Each individual has the potential to make a unique contribution and we welcome this diversity.

People have many different reasons for wanting to volunteer. You don’t need to have experience of mental health settings as we’ll provide the training you need and support you whilst you are here.

We are committed to good practice in volunteering and have a Volunteer Agreement that summarises the mutual expectations between Mind in Camden and our volunteers.  If you would like to join us, we would love to hear from you.  Please have a look below to see our current opportunities.

Mind in Camden principles:

  • We provide appropriate induction, training and support
  • We are committed to valuing diversity in the recruitment, selection and involvement of volunteers – download our organisational policy here: Equality Policy
  • Volunteers’ contributions are valued and will be treated with respect
  • We seek volunteers’ views on team and organisational issues

Becoming a volunteer for Mind in Camden

The first step is to send us an application form for the role you are interested in.  The selection process is based on this and also the current needs of Mind in Camden.  We need satisfactory references and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check for all roles and we will explain how to apply for the DBS check.

For roles involving  direct contact with the people using our services, such as Phoenix and Healthy Minds, you will need to complete one of our training courses before you can begin.  Training for volunteering in other teams will usually take place when you start.  We can reimburse travel and other out of pocket expenses.

All year round volunteering opportunities

We currently have opportunities in our:

  • Phoenix Wellbeing & Support Service
  • Healthy Minds Project – 3 roles
  • Charity Shop

Phoenix Wellbeing & Support Service Volunteer Personal Assistant:  we a re looking for someone who can offer 2 or 3 days a week to volunteer as a personal assistant to the Manager of the Phoenix Service which provides diverse activities and opportunities for our members.  Phoenix is a vibrant service which involves members, volunteers and staff running its services.   Ideally, you would be available for 6 months.

Personal Assistant Role Description    Personal Assistant Application Form

Phoenix Wellbeing & Support Service Volunteers:  Phoenix is an enhanced support space offering a range of timetabled, co-produced activities, peer support, goal setting, access to counselling and therapy as well as individual practical, emotional and crisis support, subsidised meals, special events and trips.  Phoenix2018_APR_online

Phoenix Recovery volunteers are essential to make this a welcoming and friendly service.  We ask you to offer a minimum of four hours per week for a minimum of six months. There may be opportunities to participate in one-to-one support including keyworking and befriending once you are an established volunteer.

Phoenix Recovery Volunteer Role Description
Phoenix-Recovery-Volunteer-Application-Form

Healthy Minds is a new project to support people experiencing mental health issues to link up with community resources, including sports resources.  Mind in Camden is connected to a wide range of community partners who help us co-create a range of supported taster sessions within their organisations.  These include the British Museum, Roundhouse, London Wildlife Trust and many others.  This is in addition to the extensive range of opportunities available in the vibrant borough of Camden. Connecting to these resources can be difficult if you are experiencing mental health issues.

Healthy Minds Volunteer Navigators and Volunteer Link Workers: help individuals to explore their interests and goals and support them to access the resources they are interested in. These roles are suitable to volunteers able to make a 7 hour weekly commitment for six months and who interested in gaining experience in 1:1 work with people experiencing mental distress. Please see the role descriptions below to look at the Community Project, based at our offices in Camden and the Social Prescribing role, based at St Pancras Hospital. The application form below can be used for either role.

Get Set to Go Volunteer Sports Navigators: work with people one-to-one or in small groups to help set goals, identify community resources and help break down barriers to exercise, offering support to take the first steps. Sports and physical activity can sometimes make us feel inadequate or anxious, so we are looking for supportive and encouraging volunteers who can really make a difference. This role is suitable for volunteers, with an interest in sport and physical activity and an appreciation of its benefits for mental wellbeing, who are able to make a weekly commitment for six months (there is an element of flexibility with the hours each week) and are motivated to gain experience in 1:1 or small group work with people experiencing mental distress.

Volunteers – Mind in Camden Charity Shop

Our busy and successful  shop on Camden Road sells entirely donated goods whose profits provide important income for Mind in Camden.  It is not part of a national chain and all the income goes to Mind in Camden.

The shop is run by a team of volunteers supported by a Shop Manager.  We are looking for reliable volunteers to help run the shop.  Ideally, you would be available for one day per week between 10 am and 6 pm for a minimum of six months  It would also help if you are familiar with retail work or can learn quickly to:

  • provide excellent customer service
  • be confident about money handling and using the till
  • sort, price and display donated goods
  • rotate goods out of season when they are not selling
  • undertake physical tasks like carrying bags of goods to and from storage

You will need patience, have good people skills, be able to work without supervision and be willing to learn.  You will be genuinely committed to contributing funds to Mind in Camden by enabling the shop to generate income and will have a non-discriminatory attitude towards people with mental health issues. Training will be provided in shop procedures.

For more information please contact Monika Pokorna, the Shop Manager: mpokorna@mindincamden.org.uk or call 020 7284 2236

Mind in Camden values diversity and welcomes applications from all parts of the community