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.

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.

Befriender Volunteers

Role: Our Volunteer Befrienders provide an important service, giving support - currently through a friendly phone call - to people who are getting help with us. The calls give our service users the opportunity to talk with someone and raise their confidence, often helping to reduce the feelings of isolation, loneliness and depression. Your gift of time will make a real difference by providing social and emotional support to someone while having a chat.

Skills:

  • Good listening skills, able to steer a conversation and at ease talking on the phone
  • Non-judgemental 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.

Time commitment and location:

As mutually agreed, at specific times to take place during the daytime of a standard working week. Call length 30 –40 minutes. Generally: weekly/two weekly/monthly - depending on volunteer availability and client needs.

You will need to be able to make calls from a quiet room undisturbed.

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

Meetings Minute Taker Volunteer - monthly commitment.

Role: This is an opportunity to use/practice existing note taking skills while learning about the governance procedures of a charity. We are looking for someone who would be interested to sit in on the West Sussex Mind Board, sub-committee or working group meetings to undertake minute taking duties. Minutes can be taken by hand or directly into a word document and depending on how you take minutes, you may simply be asked to tidy them up to full notes or to convert them into a word document.

Skills and requirements: Someone who has good listening skills, can take good quality minutes, has good IT skills (in relation to zoom / teams, Microsoft office) and has an interest in minute taking.

Location: currently remote

Hours: Two to three hours every two months (usually the first Tuesday of the month at 10am). You do not have to commit to all meetings and can participate in as many as you can.

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

Befriending Volunteer

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 our Community Fundraising Lead sarah.palmer@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.

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.

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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