• Working Hours: (Out of hours, evenings and weekends)

    To act as an ‘Appropriate Adult’ for people with mild to moderate mental health needs and/or learning difficulties who are being interviewed by police officers in custody. Volunteers will work closely with Mind staff, ensuring that service-users are treated fairly and in accordance with PACE guidelines.

    Please note this volunteering opportunity would require flexibility from Monday - Sunday: 5pm - 4am. Days and times can be agreed with the volunteer co-ordinator on a weekly basis.  

    This opportunity will assist you in gaining the following skills:

    • Communication Skills
    • Advice and Guidance
    • Problem Solving/Creativity

    Training will be provided for this position.

    How to apply

    You can download supporting infomation and an application form below - as a single zip file or one file at a time.

    Email your application form to: info@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk
  • We are appealing for volunteers who have direct personal experience of mental distress either as a user of services, through personal self-management or as a carer to take part in our exciting anti stigma project.

    People with mental health problems can experience prejudice and discrimination, many state that the stigma of mental ill health is more disabling than the illness itself. Therefore we want to work with you to challenge attitudes towards mental health discrimination and assist in achieving a recognisable shift in local public attitudes.

    You don’t need to have experience of working on a project only an interest to take part and work with other liked minded people to help develop a range of activities that will help break down barriers in relation to mental health. We want to encourage people to talk openly about the subject and you will be part of this change. You will be a valued member of the steering group, helping to develop and design the programme to be delivered in locations across Middlesbrough. Your involvement can be as large or as small as you wish.

    Activities include filming, local radio and assisting Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind with local campaigning such as World Mental Health Day. 

    If this something you would like to be involved in, please email bethany.dean@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk with your completed application form.  

    How to apply

    You can download supporting infomation and an application form below - as a single zip file or one file at a time.

    Apply in writing to: Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, The Mind Centre, 90-92 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2QX
    Or email your application form to: bethany.dean@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk
  • Working Hours: Thursday 10.30am - 1.30pm

    As part of the lunch club team, you will plan menus and organise themed eating events, prepare the meal area and serve hot food. The lunch club is volunteer led, with the aim to support a safe, social club specifically for vulnerable adults and older people. As a member of the team, you will be vital to the smooth running of a fun, safe and welcoming social group.

    This will be at our Middlesbrough Office Community Hall, 90-92 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough, TS4 2Q, every Thursday 10:30-13:30.

    Role Description

    • Planning weekly menus, theme days, general schedule of lunch club in collaboration with the team
    • Preparing meals through supporting the cooking and serving of hot food
    • Maintaining a clean and safe kitchen area
    • Informing members of staff promptly about any concerns raised within the lunch club.
    • Work in accordance with the services policies and procedures
    • Attend volunteer support meetings when needed / as required

    Person Specification

    • Willingness to undertake a Food Hygiene Qualification
    • Skills and knowledge relating to the preparation and cooking of food
    • Non-judgemental approach
    • Calmness
    • Friendly, supportive and understanding manner
    • Flexibility and responsible
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to refer to a staff member, those in crisis
    • Willingness to seek, use and engage in support and supervision
    • Ability to work within the organisations aims, policies and practices

    For more details, please contact: 01642 257073.

    How to apply

    You can download supporting infomation and an application form below - as a single zip file or one file at a time.

    Apply in writing to: Middlesbrough and Stockton Mind, The Mind Centre, 90-92 Lothian Road, Middlesbrough TS4 2QX
    Or email your application form to: Elena.Zeniou@middlesbroughandstocktonmind.org.uk

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Why I decided to volunteer

For those of you who may not be aware, June 1st-7th is National Volunteers' Week in the UK.

This is an event set up specifically with the aim of celebrating the achievements of those who volunteer, raising the profiles of the organisations who need volunteers, and encouraging those who have never volunteered before to… Continue readingFor those of you who may not be aware, June 1st-7th is National Volunteers' Week in the UK.

This is an event set up specifically with the aim of celebrating the achievements of those who volunteer, raising the profiles of the organisations who need volunteers, and encouraging those who have never volunteered before to give it a try.

Volunteering is something I had always wanted to do, but with school, college, and then university taking up so much time- not to mention my anxiety disorder making new experiences incredibly frightening for me- I always avoided the chance to get involved.

However, after finishing my Master's degree I found I had a lot of free time. After admitting that my anxiety made it difficult for me to try new things, Mind was suggested. Being somebody who suffers from mental illness, I'd obviously heard of it, and I knew of its reputation as a great place for support. So, I bit the bullet, researched opportunities, and soon enquired about joining their anti-stigma group.

As the title suggests, this is a group with my local Mind branch that meets regularly to discuss and implement ways of reducing the stigma around mental health. This includes encouraging more people to open up, reaching out to employers, and getting involved with local and nationwide events relating to mental illness.

I was terrified before attending my first meeting. Would I have to speak? What if I embarrassed myself by saying something stupid? How would I manage in a room full of people I'd never met before? Thankfully there was nothing to worry about. Not only was everybody welcoming, but there was no pressure to talk if you were too nervous to do so. It was a great experience, and one of the few things I do that I actually look forward to, instead of dread for days beforehand.

So, now I'm a volunteer, here is why I love volunteering, and some tips so you can get involved too!

1. Look into organisations that relate to things you care about. Obviously every charity works towards a worthwhile cause, but I find that I'm much more invested when what I'm working on relates to my own experiences. This means I can generate ideas based on things I've actually gone through myself, and I can connect with the other volunteers much easier because we all understand what it's like to suffer from mental illness. I've already met some great people, all inspiring in their own ways, who suffer from similar things, and so are easier to talk to about certain topics.

2. Volunteering is a great way to build up your own confidence and self-esteem. There are so many chances to get involved, and you can do as much or as little as you want. When I first got involved I promised myself that I would force myself out of my comfort zone, and say yes to things I would normally shy away from. Just a couple of weeks ago I sat with the group while being filmed by Tyne Tees News, and a few days ago I sat (on my own!) in front of a camera and talked about why I enjoy volunteering so much.

3. Opportunities like those in the above point are great to put on your CV and applications! It shows that you care about causes and issues, and that you can get involved with things of your own volition, and not just because of the paycheck at the end of the month. It can boost your career, and give you some fantastic skills depending on the opportunities available. There are often chances to gain extra qualifications and certifications, which can also enhance your CV and really make you stand out from the crowd.

4. You meet fantastic people. If you volunteer for something that relates to your own experience, you'll soon have validation of your feelings, because you'll be surrounded by those who have gone through the same thing.

5. There is no pressure. Obviously it's wonderful if you can be available for everything, but this isn't always possible. There is complete understanding that sometimes things come up, and that's okay!

6. You can make a difference. Stigma is still a really significant issue in the conversations around mental health, and to know that we're helping to break down those walls, and correct any misconceptions that people have about speaking out, is a fantastic feeling. No matter which charity or organisation you choose, you will always be making a difference to somebody!

So if you have some spare time now that summer is finally getting underway, take some time to research the groups and organisations in your local area. They're always looking for more volunteers, and you'll have a fantastic time while gaining invaluable experience.

Give it a try!

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Volunteering has helped me massively

I naturally see the potential in others and hope to instil confidence and self belief in them so that they can achieve too. Becoming a volunteer has shown that people have trust, faith and belief in me and this has made a massive difference to me, a huge difference, an incredible boost.

Volunteer and help others

You can help yourself through depression and anxiety by helping other people and volunteering yourself. I've really found that the 'helpers high' I get makes me feel so much better about myself.

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