Giving your time
Did you know that volunteering can help your mental health? Research has shown that helping a cause decreases depression, social isolation and anxiety while improving self-esteem and confidence – it also counts as one of your 5 a day (Give). So what are you waiting for?
We rely on our team of amazing volunteers who give up their time to support us in delivering our vision to improve the mental health of the people of Stamford through a community approach.
We have a wide range of volunteering opportunities that allow you to commit as much time as you can.
Becoming a volunteer
Volunteers are an integral part of what we offer to our community and their hard work enables MindSpace Stamford to do what we do.
We are always on the lookout for volunteers who are dedicated to helping promote positive mental health in Stamford. This doesn’t mean that you need previous experience of working in the mental health or wellbeing sector as its more of an outlook on life than anything else. All of the activities we offer reflect our ethos around the NHS 5 Ways to Wellbeing and it is via these activities that we encourage participants’ positive mental health. Volunteers usually commit on a weekly basis to assist and run these activities, and our rapid growth means we always need more!
Why not come along to a few Tea & Chat sessions to get a feel for what MindSpace is all about and meet some of our other volunteers and members in order to help you to decide and shape your thoughts on how you can help?
Alternatively, if you have specific thoughts around how you would like to contribute — or perhaps you have skills or resources you feel would enable you to run a new activity for the benefit of the people of Stamford — we would welcome a chat with you.
What our volunteers say
"I don’t like physical activity normally, but boxing is such great fun and Marc the coach is so encouraging and supportive to motivate me and make me feel good about myself, thank you Marc"
"From feeling hopeless to hopeful ... A fabulous place to meet like-minded people in a non-judgemental and relaxing atmosphere."
"It can be very scary to go to a group which is set up to give help and support with your mental health. But everyone is so welcoming, you can be involved as much, or as little as you like."
"MindSpace is absolutely amazing, we are so lucky to have something like this in our town, thanks to the effort and dedication of Dan and everyone else who has made me feel so welcome and at home here."
"MindSpace has really helped me to turn my life around. Thank you all so very much."
"Without a doubt the best support I have ever attended is the café events that MindSpace Stamford provides for all. Their support has been priceless. I would not be the woman I am today without them. They welcome everyone without judgment. They provide social and 1:1 without referrals or questionnaires."
"Good for people to feel welcome and have the chance to talk to people if they need to."
"Help me to realise that I am not alone and that there is a place to go where there is no judgment. You provide a nice atmosphere at the Thursday café."
"Meeting people through MindSpace has helped me through a difficult last year."
"MindSpace has given me a space to socialise and put some structure in my life."
"MindSpace gives me a safe space to go and talk. No-one judges me."
"MindSpace has had a dramatic effect on my life and confidence. I was a recluse but I now look forward to the varied MindSpace events."
"On the brink of ending everything, MindSpace gave me a safe place to go – to feel that I was heard, not judged and worth staying alive for. If it wasn’t for MindSpace I would not be here today. Marc’s sessions … have given me focus, allowed my mind to think of other things, but importantly, it has given me a sense of community, hope and belonging."
"I have participated in yoga which I enjoyed, I’ve been to boxing classes and loved that, really helped me get some of my frustration out on the punch bags. 😂 I enjoyed coming to the cafe and being with others playing scrabble etc. It made me feel less alone and helped talking to others who are struggling with mental health. Having tea and cake 🍰 was also a real comfort. I have had the worst year to date with my mental health and to find MindSpace and all the lovely people and volunteers who run this has been a blessing. 😇 I hope to be able to return to boxing 🥊 and enjoy a game of scrabble again soon. And eat more cake 🍰. Thank you everyone at MindSpace. "
Volunteer & contract roles
We’re now recruiting volunteer gardeners to help out in our community garden. If you have a good knowledge of gardening and are able to lead group activities, please apply to volunteer.
We’re looking to pull together a small team of marketing, social media and web professionals who can spare some time on a regular basis to help us to improve and to spread the MindSpace message.
Night Light Co-ordinator
MindSpace is piloting a Night Light Café in Stamford with the ACTS Trust.
On Mondays and Thursdays, MindSpace will extend its opening hours to provide an informal, welcoming and safe space where anyone can go if they feel that they need some extra help and support to boost their positive mental health and well-being. Could you be our Night Light Coordinator and lead the pilot of this exciting project?