Volunteering Opportunities

Hull & East Yorkshire Mind prides itself on the quality of the services it provides to the community and believes that this is rooted in the quality and skill of its staff and volunteers.

At Hull and East Yorkshire Mind, we have over 100 volunteers supporting with every aspect of the work we do. From office admin volunteers, events and fundraising volunteers, through to our trustees and front line volunteers. Our front line workers lead and support our group services, mentor and befriend service users, support those who have lost from suicide, and help people striving to stay in work.

As an organisation the support we offer is constantly growing and adapting, therefore so does our need for volunteers. Below you will see what current opportunities we’re advertising for, keep checking back if what you’re looking for isn’t currently there as it could be soon!

If you are interested in the below volunteering opportunities, please email [email protected] telling us a little about yourself and what you can offer to the people who use these services. Please note that all posts advertised below are subject to a DBS disclosure at the appropriate level.

Telephone Befriending

What does it involve?

  • Working within the Extra Care Team
  • Offering a listening ear to those struggling with their mental health
  • Offering a befriending call once a week for one hour
  • Checking in with people’s well being and if they’re implementing coping strategies
  • Monitoring risk and safeguarding concerns to pass on to the team if required

What skills and experience do I need?

  • Ability to communicate well on the telephone
  • ability to build rapport, convey empathy and understanding
  • ability to remain calm in highly emotional conversations
  • A positive and friendly manner
  • Reliability

What will I gain from volunteering in this role?

  • The satisfaction of knowing you have helped a client group
  • A better understanding of mental health and how this can effect individuals
  • Organisational & communication skills
  • Experience of working in the mental health sector
  • The opportunity to be part of a team and meet new people

Cleaner (Hull)

This volunteer will be working alongside existing house keepers, responsibilities will include general household cleaning, such as hoovering, cleaning the bathrooms and kitchens. Assisting the housekeepers to clean carpets and turn void rooms over when needed.

No particular skills are needed, an interest in cleaning and house keeper would be desirable. This is a great opportunity for someone to get hands on practical experience.

Support Line Listeners (Hull)

This year we started delivering the Mental Health Advice and Support Line; this line is available 24 hours a day for anyone in in the Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire area who requires information, advice and support with their mental health.

What does it involve?

  • Working within the Mental Health Advice and Support Line Team
  • Offering a listening ear to those struggling with their mental health
  • Checking in with people’s wellbeing and if they’re implementing coping strategies
  • Monitoring risk and safeguarding concerns to pass on to the team if required

What skills and experience do I need?

  • Understanding of the organisation
  • Ability to communicate well on the telephone
  • ability to build rapport, convey empathy and understanding
  • ability to remain calm in highly emotional conversations
  • A positive and friendly manner
  • Reliability

What will I gain from volunteering in this role?

  • The satisfaction of knowing you have helped a client group
  • A better understanding of mental health and how this can effect individuals
  • Organisational & communication skills
  • Experience of working in the mental health sector
  • The opportunity to be part of a team and meet new people

Activity Group Lead (Hull)

Hull & East Yorkshire Mind provide supported accommodation where our aims are to establish a positive working relationship with people who use our services and help to enable them to move forward with a focus on recovery and independence.

What does it involve?

  • Run a group based on an activity, this may be; cooking, baking, walking, crafts or anything you feel able to lead
  • Keeping the interest of the residents
  • Report any Safeguarding concerns to appropriate person
  • To keep in touch with the volunteer team and the housing team, requesting help and feeding back progress on a regular basis

What skills and experience do I need?

  • Understanding of the organisation
  • An interest and skills in the activity you would like to lead
  • Build rapport with people at all levels
  • A positive and friendly manner
  • Reliability
  • A willingness to get involved!

What will I gain from volunteering in this role?

  • The satisfaction of knowing you have helped a client group
  • A better understanding of mental health and how this can effect individuals
  • Organisational & communication skills
  • Experience of working in the mental health sector
  • The opportunity to be part of a team and meet new people

Bereaved by Suicide Support

Hull and East Yorkshire & North East Lincolnshire Mind Together service provides support to people bereaved by suicide across Hull, East Yorkshire, North East & North Lincolnshire. This service provides individuals with emotional and practical support on a 1:1 basis either face to face in their home/out in the community or through telephone/video calls.  We are looking for volunteers to support this service.

What does it involve

  • Helping provide support for individuals who have been bereaved by suicide
  • Helping people use our services to cope with their grief and move forward in their life. Onward signposting where relevant.
  • Working through telephone, video call or face to face support
  • Offering coping strategies such as Low level Cognitive Behaviour Techniques (CBT), mindfulness
  • Provide practical support such as creating memory boxes, funeral planning, attending the inquest and guidance with finances
  • Reporting any safeguarding concerns

What skills and experience do I need?

Personal experience of bereavement by suicide
Understanding of the organisation
Some understanding of mental health, bereavement and strategies to support individuals
The ability to build trusting and supportive relationships with the individuals who use our service
Good timekeeping and reliability

What will I gain from volunteering in this role

The satisfaction of being part of a new and essential service
Relevant training provided to gain knowledge of bereavement, theories, recovery based support and short term interventions
A better understanding of bereavement and how this can affect individuals
Organisational & communication skills
Experience of working in the mental health sector
The reward of supporting those bereaved by suicide
The potential to become part of our workforce in the future

Community and Networking Lead

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind organises and takes part in a full range of events across the year and our event support volunteers play a vital part in their success. The money and awareness they raise makes a vital difference to people with mental health problems in our area. We are looking for volunteers to lead these events.

What does it involve?

  • Leading a team of fundraising volunteers at an exciting range of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind events, including comedy nights, national mental health campaign days and the Hull marathon.
  • Being part of a friendly and enthusiastic events team
  • Managing and reporting any safeguarding concerns
  • Signposting people who may need more information on mental health
  • Cash handling
  • Roles vary for each event- you might be greeting guests, selling tickets, serving refreshments or cheering on runners. The possibilities are endless!

What skills and experience do I need?

  • Previous experience of leading events is preferable
  • Experience of taking part in fundraising
  • Enthusiasm
  • A positive and friendly manner
  • The ability to communicate with members of the public
  • Reliability
  • A willingness to get involved

What will I gain from volunteering in this role?

  • The opportunity to develop experience in fundraising, events management and working in the voluntary sector
  • Opportunity to further knowledge of safeguarding and signposting
  • Fantastic experience of working with the general public
  • Meet new people and be part of a dedicated and enthusiastic team of events volunteers
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to give vital support to people with mental health problems in our area

Download the application form here. 

Fundraising and Event Support

Hull and East Yorkshire Mind organises and takes part in a full range of events across the year and our event support volunteers play a vital part in their success. The money and awareness they raise makes a vital difference to people with mental health problems in our area.

What does it involve?

  • Supporting the fundraising team at an exciting range of Hull and East Yorkshire Mind events, including comedy nights, national mental health campaign days and the Hull marathon.
  • Being part of a friendly and enthusiastic events team
  • Cash handling
  • Roles vary for each event- you might be greeting guests, selling tickets, serving refreshments or cheering on runners. The possibilities are endless!

What skills and experience do I need?

  • Previous events experience is not necessary but of course welcome!
  • Enthusiasm
  • A positive and friendly manner
  • The ability to communicate with members of the public
  • Reliability
  • A willingness to get involved

What will I gain from volunteering in this role?

  • The opportunity to develop experience in fundraising, events and the voluntary sector
  • Fantastic experience of working with the general public
  • The opportunity to develop a role as a lead events support volunteer
  • Meet new people and be part of a dedicated and enthusiastic team of events volunteers
  • The satisfaction of knowing that you are helping to give vital support to people with mental health problems in our area

Download the application form here. 

Job Retention Group (online)

This Role is currently operating online via Microsoft teams – but may be face to face in future to deliver the workshops.

Your role will be:

  • To deliver a 4-week workshop (re-occurring bi-monthly) alongside another volunteer
  • To support service users who are accessing the Job Retention Service by delivering the four week online workshop.
  • To offer own view and ideas on building, creating and improving the 4 week workshop.

The workshop runs weekly on Wednesdays 5-6pm, starting from the 5th January 2022- 2nd February 2022, so you will need to be available at this time on Wednesdays. It will then re-occur bi monthly, so starting again in early March.