Volunteering opportunities

We are looking for volunteers and have a variety of vacancies available. Find out more here

We have a great opportunities for you to use your skills to support people with mental health needs and to provide you with valuable experience for future volunteering and work opportunities.


Volunteer Administrator for our older people's service

Role: An opportunity for a committed, organised and reliable volunteer administrator to become part of our Communities in Mind team, supporting people aged 65+ with their mental well-being.

Many of our service users have depression, anxiety and low mood and are often isolated.

Skills and requirements: use your skills to do a range of administrative and office tasks, e.g. phone, IT, paperwork and meeting people. You will need to be flexible and willing to turn your hand to whatever is needed (within reason!) to fulfill our work and help those in need.

Location: based at our Bognor Regis office, with some home working.

Hours: A minimum commitment of three to six hours per week by mutual agreement (depending on the needs of the service and your availability).

Please see below for the role profile for the Volunteer Administrator for Communities in Mind, the application form and guidance notes.

We strongly suggest that you have an informal chat with the communities in Mind older people's service coordinator, Julia Dendle, before you apply for this volunteer role.  Please call her on 07932 784979.

Peer Volunteer for our community outreach and development project in the Adur district

Role: to work with the Adur Peer Community Outreach and Development worker to identify and support individuals to access services that can help improve their well-being.

The project aims to reach people within Adur (Shoreham, Southwick, Lancing, Sompting) who:

  • do not know what help is available and/or
  • may not recognise they could benefit from support around mental health
  • do not see existing mental health services as being services that are there for them
  • or cannot get to where mental health support is currently being offered.

Skills: applicants need to have their own lived experience of mental illness. Applicants need to have good communication skills, to have an understanding of boundaries and to be able to work within the bounds of confidentiality. We are looking for people who are reliable, motivated, friendly, and approachable. Some confidence in using the phone and IT would be desirable.

Location: The project is based in Adur and the role will involve travelling to different areas within the district.

Hours: We are looking for those who have availability preferably during the following days/times: Tuesdays, Wednesday mornings or Thursdays. The number of hours needed can vary and will depend on the needs of the project.

Please see below for the role profile.

Parent and Families Group Volunteer – opportunities across Arun, Adur and Worthing

To support staff with our Families in Mind parent support groups delivering mental health and well-being support in a friendly setting for parents with children aged 0-5 years.

Skills: confident at communicating, with good listening skills. You will also be practical, caring, considerate of others, empathetic and patient, with an enthusiasm for working with young families. Knowledge and experience or involvement with parents and early childhood would be welcome.

Locations: Littlehampton - Monday mornings Worthing/Lancing – various times across Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday Bognor Regis - Thursday mornings Hours: Minimum of 2 hours per session

Please see below for the role profile, application form and guidance notes.

Volunteer Note Taker and Chair Support for the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Co-Production panel

Role: We are seeking a volunteer, with lived experience of managing their own mental health and wellbeing, to help meet the diverse needs of our local communities. West Sussex Mind believes that by involving and co-producing with people who use and care about our services, we can understand their diverse needs better and focus on what matters to them. It is therefore key to us developing and delivering high-quality and effective services which represent the diverse communities we work in. We would specifically would like to recruit disabled volunteers, black Asian and minority ethnic volunteers, women, younger people and volunteers from the LGBTQ+ community.

Skills: Someone who is punctual and reliable. Ability to interpret information to produce good quality minutes. Ability to use teams, Zoom and Microsoft Word independently. Good level of keyboard skills to be able to take notes/minutes during a meeting. Commitment to confidentiality.

Location: home-based

Hours: around 5 hours per month

Please see below the role profile for Volunteer Note Taker and Chair Support, application form and guidance notes.

Help Point Volunteer – Polish and English speaker

Role: To support our staff at the Help Point, we would like to recruit Polish-speaking volunteer, to provide help and support for the local Polish community (referrals, advice, signposting).

Skills: Good listening skills to feel at ease with talking on the phone, non-judgemental and mindful of own personal views and feelings, committed to being part of the service.

Ability to remain calm and positive in challenging circumstances.

Location: Southwick

Hours: 4 or more per week

For more information, please see below for the role profile.

Wolontariusz w Punkcie Pomocy

Aby pomóc naszym pracownikom w Punkcie Pomocy, poszukujemy wolontariusza mówiącego po polsku i angielsku. Praca polega na udzielaniu wsparcia lokalnej społeczności polskiej (skierowania, porady, udzielanie informacji).

Preferowane umiejętności: dobrego słuchania, tolerancyjność, utrzymanie spokoju w trudnych sytuacjach, cierpliwość i empatia, dobra organizacja i umiejętność współpracy w grupie.

Miejsce: Southwick

Godziny: 4 lub więcej tygodniowo

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Training Marketing Volunteer

Role: volunteering to guide our marketing activity over the next year, in particular to: advise team on how to better market training offer, identify potential markets for us to sell / offer our mental health training, identify demand and gaps in offer through undertaking surveys and research, create a customer communications plan, contact potential clients about the offer.

Skills and requirements: an interest in mental health and wellbeing. Effective communication skills. Good standard of written English. Knowledge/experience of marketing practices gained in industry or charitable sector (or possibly a marketing degree undergraduate). A computer and access to the internet.

Location: volunteering from home, with opportunities to meet and connect with other volunteers in West Sussex Mind.

Hours: hours are negotiable as is the duration of the volunteering opportunity.

Please see below the role profile for Training Marketing Volunteer, application form and guidance notes.

Community Fundraising Volunteer

Role: to help support the fundraising lead with community fundraising. To also communicate with individuals about what they may need for the day and when they may return the equipment and funds they have raised.

Skills and requirements: good organisational skills. Experience of attending community events (e.g. running a tombola). Confidence on the phone is desirable. Confidence to chat to people at events is desirable. Passion for fundraising / mental health. Duties can include carrying boxes to and from vehicle and buildings. Good fitness essential. Car driver desirable but not essential. Proactive, friendly and good with people.

Location: From home / Worthing, depending on volunteer's availability

Hours: volunteering half a day or full day a week Wednesday or Thursday (but can be flexible), with occasional week ends/evenings

Please see below the role profile for Community Fundraising Volunteer, application form and guidance notes.

Volunteer Gardening Group Facilitator

Role: to lead a gardening group and share your plant knowledge. There are a variety of locations across West Sussex (Littlehampton, Worthing, Southwick and Midhurst). Be able to create a safe space where Service Users can feel able to interact. To support and encourage West Sussex Mind Service Users to suggest their own ideas. To promote discussion about gardening and what it means to their mental health.

Skills and requirements: That you are able to inspire and motivate people. That you are a confident communicator with good listening skills. Have an enthusiasm for working with people, enabling them to achieve personal goals and are committed to being part of the service on a regular basis. Understanding or lived experience of mental health needs desirable, this is not essential for the role.

Location: across West Sussex (Littlehampton, Worthing, Southwick and Midhurst).

Hours: minimum of 2 hours per week, lead a fortnightly group

Please see below the role profile for Volunteer Gardening Group Facilitator, application form and guidance notes.

Help Point Volunteer

Role: to provide support with our new Help Point service. This is the first contact point for people seeking Mental Health advice, information, signposting and access to our services within West Sussex Mind. The Help Point team volunteer will support us to take calls and respond to emails from members of the public from across West Sussex.

Skills and requirements: Good listening skills and feel at ease with talking on the phone, email writing skills, non-judgmental and mindful of own personal views and feelings, the ability to remain calm and positive in challenging circumstances, committed to being part of the service on a regular basis, organised and able to take accurate notes and confident in using IT or willing to learn.

Location: Southwick.

Number of volunteers: four

Hours: a minimum of four hours per week, with the option to split into two hour sessions; Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Please see below the role profile for Help Point Volunteer, application form and guidance notes.

Volunteer Running Group Leader (Worthing)

Role: This role involves coaching a running group for beginners, based on couch to 5k or similar programme. Supporting and encouraging West Sussex Mind Service Users to take up running, coaching them to complete a 12-week programme.

Skills: Have the Leadership in Running Fitness Qualification or willing to undertake this training (West Sussex Mind will cover the costs and we will also be employing a running coach to support the first 12 week course while undertaking the qualification). Have basic first aid training or be willing to undertake this training (West Sussex Mind will cover the costs). That you are able to inspire and motivate people. A confident communicator with good listening skills. Have an enthusiasm for working with people, enabling them to achieve personal goals and are committed to being part of the service on a regular basis. Understanding or lived experience of mental health needs desirable, this is not essential for the role.

Location: Worthing

Hours: Minimum of 2 hours per week

Please see below for the role profile, application form and guidance notes.

Volunteer Facilitator for Gentle and Mindful Walking Groups

Role: To lead /co-facilitate gentle walking group, including some “Mindful” elements. If you like getting out, walking, and engaging with the environment, this may be the role for you.

Skills and requirements: Able to inspire and motivate people. A confident communicator with good listening skills. Have an enthusiasm for working with people, enabling them to achieve personal goals and are committed to being part of the service on a regular basis. Have some experience or understanding of older people, and their likely physical and mental health needs and issues. A willingness to learn about and use some simple Mindful techniques to enhance the walks and support people’s mental wellbeing.

Location: Chichester, Arun & Adur

Hours: Up to 10 hours per month.

Please see below the role profile for the Volunteer Facilitator for Gentle and Mindful Walking groups.

Community Champion

Role: To identify and support individuals living with serious mental illness who are not accessing services. To take action to raise awareness of mental health and challenge stigma.

Skills and requirements: Good communication skills, understanding of boundaries, able to work within the scope of confidentiality. Motivated, friendly and approachable. To respect and identify anyone experiencing a mental health problem. To empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. To wear a champions badge or lanyard when undertaking the champion role. To raise awareness and promote understanding. To provide supportive and reliable information. To assist someone to access excellent care and services.

Location: Volunteering will involve living or working in the Littlehampton area.

Hours: This will depend on Champion's availability. Minimum of one hour per week required.

Please see below for the role profile, application form and guidance notes.

Peer supporter - Arun

Role: Identify and support individuals living with serious mental illness who are not accessing services in the local community and to use own lived experience in the planning and delivery of this project.

Skills and requirements: Own lived experience of mental illness. Participation in agreed and appropriate training. Good communication skills, understanding of boundaries, able to work within the scope of confidentiality. Reliable, motivated, friendly, and approachable. Some confidence in using phone and IT.

Location: Work may involve travelling to locations in the Littlehampton area. Some work will be over phone and also using on-line video call and conference technology.

Hours: The work is varied so this will depend on each piece of work.

Please see below for the role profile, application form and guidance notes.

Parent and Families Group Volunteer - Arun

To support staff with our Families in Mind drop-in groups and walks in Littlehampton and in Bognor Regis. Our parent support groups deliver mental health and well-being support in a friendly setting for parents with children aged 0-5 years.

Skills: confident at communicating, with good listening skills. You will also be practical, caring, considerate of others, empathetic and patient, with an enthusiasm for working with young families. Knowledge and experience or involvement with parents and early childhood would be welcome.

Locations: Littlehampton - Monday mornings

Bognor Regis - Thursday mornings

Hours: 2 hours per session

Please see below for the role profile, application form and guidance notes.

Get Together Facilitator

Role: to support staff with our programme of Social Activities, leading and facilitating the Get Together groups.

Skills and requirements: confident at communicating, with good listening skills. You will also be practical, caring, considerate of others, empathetic and patient, with an enthusiasm for working with people.

Location: Chanctonbury, Littlehampton, Midhurst, Southwick and Worthing.

Hours: up to two hours per week.Please see below the role profile for Get Together Facilitator, application form and guidance notes.

Podcast Series Development Volunteer

Role: West Sussex Mind has an exciting new opportunity for someone who is interested in creating and sharing a mental health centred podcast. The role includes supporting a Youth Mental Health Worker, along with service users, to plan, record and edit podcast episodes. The podcast will focus on different mental health themes, with the aims of:

  • creating open discussions
  • sharing information and experiences
  • giving tools to manage mental health challenges
  • encouraging young people to care for their mental well-being.

Skills and requirements: Someone who is passionate about mental health, specifically in young people. Has experience or skills in creating, recording, and editing audio content. Has experience of using digital audio software such as Audacity. Creative and able to role-model this and support creativity in others. A confident communicator with good listening skills. Have enthusiasm for working with people, enabling them to share and facilitate their ideas.  Experience of sharing audio/video content into the public domain would be beneficial but not essential. 

Location: Remote working and Chichester (with the possibility of travelling around West Sussex).

Hours: Two days per month.

Please see below the role profile for Podcast Series Development volunteer, application form and guidance notes.

Online Selling Community Fundraising Volunteer

Role: To help set up and run online selling of donated items.

Skills and requirements: Good IT skills for posting items online, experience of Word and Excel, own transport, interested in mental health.

Location: Worthing or Southwick and remote/home working.

Hours: One day per week.

In the first instance, please email fundraising@westsussexmind.org to arrange an informal chat about this role.

Please see below the role profile for Online Community Fundraising Volunteer, application form and guidance notes.

Social and Leisure Activities Volunteer

Role: to support staff with our programme of social and leisure activities, leading and facilitating a wide range of groups.

Skills and requirements: confident at communicating, with good listening skills. You will also be practical, caring, considerate of others, empathetic and patient, with an enthusiasm for working with people.

Location: various, across West Sussex

Hours: up to two hours per week, depending on the activity

Please see below the role profile for Social and Leisure Activities Volunteer, application form and guidance notes.

Activities and Events Volunteer (six-month minimum commitment)

Role: To assist and support staff to deliver a variety of activities to enhance the experience of service users. To help at events and engage with the public to raise awareness about mental health.

Skills needed: Good communication skills, the ability to carry out some gentle lifting and moving tasks, such as moving chairs and tables. A positive attitude, enthusiasm, patience and understanding.

Location: Bognor or Chichester or both.

Hours: Bognor – Tuesday 12.30 to 3.30pm, Chichester – Wednesday 12.30 to 3.30pm

Please see below the role profile for Activities and Events Volunteer, application form and guidance notes.

For further information about our older people's service and the volunteering opportunity please contact Julia Dendle on 07932 784979 or email cim@westsussexmind.org

Please state clearly on your application the hours you would like to work and also if you have any restrictions about where you could travel to.

Covid Information - Our services will continue to operate as widely as possible in order to ensure that the most vulnerable people can continue to get the vital support they need. Our staff guidance is regularly updated to reflect the latest government advice. In terms of our buildings, we have two-meter distancing throughout and we ask that staff wear masks as they move around the building.

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