Mind BLMK has lots of different volunteering roles that are essential for us to help as many people as we do – everything from helping with admin at HQ, to being a mentor and supporting someone in their community. We provide training and support, pay travel and expenses and we see our volunteers as an essential part of our workforce. Without our volunteers, we would really struggle.
Want to get involved?
Take a look at the options we have. If you see something you think would work for you, fill in the form and let’s get started!
Once we receive your application, we’ll arrange an informal meeting and discuss the role. If successful, you will receive a full induction, we’ll check your references and make sure that you have all you need to start the role.
Why volunteer with Mind BLMK?
- Training, support and access to ongoing development
- Volunteering is really good for your health, helps maintain wellbeing and makes you feel good
- By working with Mind BLMK, you can gain valuable experience, skills and knowledge
- To make a real change to people’s lives.
We are looking for Trustees to join our board who have an interest in improving mental health provision in the local communities of Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes.
The current vacancies which we require experience and strategic understanding in are: 1) Commissioning services for a local authority or Clinical Commissioning group; 2) Audit and risk management; or 3) Mental health clinical knowledge.
Along with these areas of expertise we are looking for:
- A commitment to the organisation;
- A wiliness to devote the necessary time and effort;
- Strategic vison;
- Good, independent judgement;
- An ability to think creatively;
- A wiliness to speak their mind;
- An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship;
- An ability to work effectively as a member of the team.
Volunteer Buddy (Hoarding), various locations
We have secured funding from the National Lottery and are working on an exciting project to help service users with hoarding disorder we are very honored to be working on the hoarding support program helping service users attend 6 sessions of CBT based peer support sessions leading onto one to one support thereafter . The hope is that the outcome will have less drain on local resources and help the service users we support through the project to improve both their safety, quality of life and emotional well-being.
The Role of Volunteer Buddy:
As a Buddy you will be supporting service users to attend their CBT based peer support group weekly for approximately 4 out of their 6 sessions on a Thursday in Dunstable and to support them further after they have completed the sessions for up to 10 weeks, days and times for the further support will be flexible . This role is not to support service users to de-clutter their homes but to support them emotionally with the struggles they can face in their day to day life.
Buddy’s will be mostly listening and supporting our service users by helping them cope better with the challenges that hoarding brings. Ideally someone with experience or training in counselling would be highly beneficial however not essential for this role. What is important is listening skills, empathy, sensitive approach and respect.
As a buddy we would ideally like you to have experience and knowledge around safeguarding and lone working, but this is not essential, and training will be provided.
Work alongside the service user to set goals and move towards their end goal in a non-judgmental way and support them to challenge pre-conceptions.
For a chat about becoming a volunteer buddy please contact us via email or phone.
Email: [email protected] / Phone: 01525 722283 or 07936 075977
Drop in session Volunteer, Luton Wellbeing Centre
We are looking for a volunteer to support the Luton Wellbeing Centre team in the running of the regular drop in service. Please see the pack below for more information.
Central Advisory Group Member Opportunity
Volunteer Counsellors (with recognised qualifications) – Ongoing
To counsel clients who have been assessed with specific issues. To work in a brief therapy model of 8 sessions (BT training will be offered to successful applicants if required).