Volunteers Week

1st – 7th June marks Volunteers Week.

A week to recognise and celebrate the hard work and dedication volunteers make to organisations like ours.

Each year over 100 people support us by volunteering and that also includes our trustees.

Our volunteers generously give their time to help people with mental health problems. They are valued and supported as a vital part of our organisation.

Throughout the years we’ve had volunteers help deliver lunch club, help with admin and most recently support people in police custody and destigmatising the taboo around mental health.

For Volunteers Week, we want to make time to appreciate all the work our volunteers have done in the last year and celebrate their achievements.

Our volunteers have won awards, gained employment and also improved their mental health through volunteering. We support them through training and gaining experience for their aspiring goals.

Earlier in the year, we achieved the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) Investing in Volunteers Quality Standard. This highlights the contribution and commitment that our volunteers give. The Volunteers Quality Standard award also shows we provide

the best standards of good practice and support for all our volunteers.

Throughout the next week, we’ll be sharing volunteers’ stories on why they volunteer and what impact it has made in their daily life. Get involved by following us on social media so you don’t miss out.

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Let’s hear from a couple of Volunteers:

“Volunteering allows me to get a heap of experience that I would otherwise not be able to get. It is satisfying and is perfect for me to do whilst studying. I get to apply theoretical knowledge that I have studied whilst discovering what the practical scenario of a police station looks like. Mind provides amazing support and I always have access to my volunteer co-ordinator. If you are thinking of volunteering then take a leap, Mind will guide you and train you.” Yathavi, Appropriate Adult volunteer

"What I get from being a volunteer is the best thing ever, helping others who need it, meeting new pals and gaining loads of experience thanks to Mind" Steven, Appropriate Adult volunteer

"Mind does amazing work, and it's fantastic to be a part of such as great group of people, who understand and who have similar experiences. It's important to break down the walls of stigma and misunderstanding." Iona, Anti-Stigma volunteer

"I have always had a passion to help people and by volunteering I like to think I have done just that, not just with Mind but with other organisations I have worked with. It all depends on what you're interested in but I cannot emphasize enough how beneficial volunteering is, whether it be for your career, your studies or even just yourself as a person. There's something out there for everyone" Mollie, Appropriate Adult volunteer

If this has influenced you to find out more about volunteering, why not apply now?

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