Volunteering for Suffolk Mind

As a charity we really value our volunteers and the part they play in helping us to promote mental wellbeing across the County, and supporting us in the delivery of our services.

Volunteering offers the opportunity to gain skills and practical experience in a supportive environment. As well as helping to improve confidence and feelings of self worth, the experience you gain can also be useful to add on to a CV to help you to stand out from the crowd. 


Night Owls Telephone Support

In this volunteer role you will listen, emotionally support, advise and assist service users who ring the helpline in crisis for support. Ensure safe and quality service provision. The volunteer for this role has the ability to communicate clearly with a range of people both over the telephone and in person, sometimes over sensitive and/or complex issues. The role requires availability on Friday and Sunday from 7:30pm to 2:30am and is based in Felixstowe from October 2017. Click here for full description. Travel expenses eligible for reimbursement. 


Reception Volunteer

This volunteer role is based at our Bury St Edmunds office and serves as the first point of contact for callers to our main reception numbers. Volunteers answer calls, respond to general enquiry e-mails and complete referrals.

Volunteers for this role work as part of a team and are asked to commitment to at least a 4-8 hour shift on the same day each week. This role also requires a long term commitment of at least 6 months due to the lengthy training process.

For more details click here to see the full job description.


Administrative Assistant

Suffolk Mind is looking for a volunteer at the Suffolk Mind office in Bury St Edmunds to provide administrative assistant to the Volunteer Manager and Client Relationship Co-ordinator.

This role will be approximately be 4 hours per week.

This role will help with general administrative duties, answer enquiries about volunteer vacancies and services, keep recruitment, marketing materials and data spreadsheets updated.  

For more details click here to see the full job description.


Research Assistant Volunteer

Suffolk Mind is looking for a volunteer research assistant . In this role, the volunteer will assist the research coordinator with quantitative and qualitative data collection and support the coordinator in writing up and presentation of research projects. The volunteer for this role should be a Social Science student or degree holder, have knowledge of research methods and experience of working on research projects. The days and hours of this role are flexible and requires a commitment of at least 3 hours per week. This role is based at the Suffolk Mind office in Ipswich but will be based in Felixstowe from October 2017. Click here for full description.



Quay Place Research Clerk

To assist the Research Co-ordinator with data, survey and case study collection at Quay Place, Key Street, Ipswich.  You will attend events and handout surveys and generally assist with all data collection.  Flexible timing with a minimum of 3 hours per week.  For more info click here


Ecotherapy Allotment Volunteer

Suffolk Mind is looking for several allotment volunteers to help at our various plots throughout Suffolk.

Allotment Volunteers attend regular weekly sessions to help tend and organise a successful allotment project helping people to improve and maintain their physical and mental wellbeing

In this role volunteers give practical hands on help with various allotment duties, some digging, weeding, tending and harvesting. Weekly sessions are scheduled for 3 hours on different days of the week depending on the plot location.

For more information click here to see the full job description.



Volunteer Events Helper/Ambassador

To be part of a small team that takes part in awareness raising and fundraising events around the County. This is an exciting opportunity and would most suit someone who is outgoing and enjoys talking to people.

Main duties and responsibilities will be to assist with preparing display material, assist with setting up displays and dismantling at events. Be part of a small team that takes part in events e.g by being present on a stand and giving out leaflets and information and some event administration.

This is a flexible role as days and hours may be variable. Travel will be required so it would be preferable for a volunteer to own a car to get to the events.

Click here to see the full job description and for more information.

To apply for a volunteering role:

If you are interested in applying for any of our volunteer roles please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Christina Perea by calling 0300 111 6000 or email christina.perea@suffolkmind.org.uk 

Quay Place Volunteering Opportunities

Here are some exciting volunteering opportunities available at our Wellbeing and Heritage Centre, Quay Place.  For all Quay Place volunteering roles click here.

Heritage Volunteers

If you have an interest in the heritage of Ipswich and maybe wanted to know more and grow your knowledge of how Ipswich developed over the ages we are looking for volunteers to help us here at Quay Place. We have a wide range of tasks and activities for heritage volunteers ranging from support of out heritage archival work to research on all aspects of the history of Quay Place and the local community and businesses. Although a lot of work has been done there is so much more to do and this is an exciting opportunity to get involved.
Sitting in a dusty archive is not what we do. We want to actively research everything about Quay Place and the local area and then use that to develop programmes and activities which link our local heritage with wellbeing. You could be leading tours, running activities or just getting immersed in heritage. Some work can been done in Quay Place, some in records offices and the roles could easily be suitable for someone who just wanted to do research from home. The hours are very flexible as a result. If you want to know more just get in touch.
Please contact info@quayplace.co.uk for more information. 

If you are interested in volunteering for Quay Place click here to see all the volunteering opportunities we have. 

*Volunteer in our new Bury St Edmunds Mind Shop*

A fixture on our high streets since 1961, Mind shops are supported by our amazing volunteers. They're a dedicated bunch, who help us make sure that everyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support. 

There's no need for volunteering to be a big, time-consuming commitment either - even an hour a week could make a huge difference. By joining our team you’ll get the opportunity to learn new skills, gain qualifications, make new friends and build your confidence too. 

Whether it's sorting and pricing clothes, making sales or getting creative on the shop floor, there's plenty to help out with. Our volunteers also benefit from:

•         25% discount on all donated items in store

•         free Mind membership

•         the opportunity to complete National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs)

•         the chance to gain new skills and experience in different roles in retail.

If are interested in becoming a volunteer for National Mind please contact Mind direct by email - mindshop@mind.org.uk 

 

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