Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.
Volunteering is great way to feel part of a community, make new friends, improve self-esteem, learn new skills and give people purpose to their lives. It’s a powerful way to help others and help yourself too.
We have a range of volunteering opportunities at Mind in West Essex; please take a look below.
If you want to talk to someone about the roles get in touch with our Volunteer Administrator: [email protected]
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.
Befriending – Befriending makes a real difference to people who find themselves struggling with loneliness and isolation. A befriender offers a friendly face and someone to chat to on a regular basis.
Fundraising and Events – Getting involved with fundraising or events is great fun. This could be from helping out at a local Carnival or Fair, coming up with your own ideas to raise money and awareness or even running a marathon!
Trustee – Our trustees have responsibility for running our charity. They are all people from our community who use their skills and experience to make our organisation a continuing success.
Administration – Help out in one of our friendly offices in Harlow or Dunmow.
Communications Activities/ Social Media – Help promote the many different activities going on. This could be using our website, Facebook and other social media.
Anything else – Do you have any ideas that would make volunteering with us appeal to you? Please tell us if there is something you would really like to try.
How much time will I have to commit to?
You can give as much or as little time as you are able. From one off events to regular weekly groups or befriending.
Is there an age limit for volunteers?
From 16 upwards.
Does volunteering affect any benefits I receive
Volunteering is an excellent way to improve your opportunities and skills for work; if you are currently in receipt of benefits it’s always a good idea to talk to your adviser at the DWP about volunteering.
Will I get training for the role
Yes, training and support is given throughout your volunteering with us.
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.
Anne's Abseil (1)
Event Date: 05/05/2019
Anne is abseiling down Harlow water tower for her own personal reasons. 'We never know what will be dealt to us in life as we get on with our careers and bringing up our families. We meet those challenges as best we can and are lucky if we have support from family and friends to help us through t
Bath Half Marathon (1)
Event Date: 15/03/2020
I’m not a natural runner and as I write this I can barely wobble around a 5K, but I have taken the plunge to sign up to a half marathon and now I’m committed!
Ben's Parachute Jump (1)
Event Date: 29/05/2019
We would like to support the great work you do and help raise Mental health awareness.
Cycle to Southwold (1)
Event Date: 19/04/2019
In memory of Paul Heales
We are raising money for a worthy cause, raising a glass or two of Adnams to celebrate a great man. It's a social event that people can join in at any time or share a beer with us along the way or at the end.
NCS Static Cycle (1)
Event Date: 18/07/2019
We are passionate about mental health and aim to break the stigma that has been created by others around it. We have chosen Mind in West Essex for our NCS charity because we all feel the need to support those who may not have anyone to talk to, and we have all been affected by mental health eithe
Snowdon Challenge (1)
Event Date: 27/07/2019
After last years terrifying challenge of reaching the summit of Ben Nevis I have decided to put myself through a similar challenge this July.
Walk to Talk (1)
Event Date: 28/09/2019
In September Last year myself and my friends walked 17 miles from Newport to Cambridge.
We raised £1500 for Mind. I want it to be a yearly event.
Mental health affects so many people and it means the world to me to be able to raise money to a charity that is close to my heart.