Volunteer

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

We are always on the lookout for new volunteers, and we value the variety of knowledge and experience our volunteers bring to MindSpace.

No previous experience of volunteering, or working in the mental health or wellbeing sector is required as full training is given.

We love to get to know our volunteers, and we like our volunteers to get to know and understand MindSpace. So if you’re interested in volunteering, why not come and join us at a drop-in session to see what we’re all about.

Through the application process, our volunteer co-ordinator will look for a role best suited to you and your skills. It might be that you have a hidden talent which we can use to lead some sessions, you may be a great fundraiser, or just a brilliant conversationalist.

We provide our volunteers with as much training and development as they wish to take on. This will be discussed as and when training opportunities arise.

In particular, all our volunteers have the chance to take part in our ‘Listening Lite’ course and, after that, they have the opportunity to complete our ‘Listening for Life’ 6-week programme which will enable them to become one of our drop-in session ‘listeners’.

We’re not just looking for volunteers for our existing activities. We need people to help with our new a community garden, and we’d love someone to run out-of-town walks. Or maybe you have ideas for new sessions to add to our activity schedule?

If you don’t have the time to commit to volunteering on a regular basis, we are always in need of cake bakers. If you’re gifted in the baking department and would like to help, please get in touch.

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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

    Trustees

    As some of our volunteer trustees are reaching the end of their 3-year term, we are now seeking to replace a number of board members.

    We have some exciting times ahead as we look to move to an asset-based community development model and are seeking individuals with a range of skills (particularly finance, fundraising, marketing, people management and IT) combined with enthusiasm and a desire to give back to the local community. As we are a small, rapidly growing charity, trustees are actively involved in day-to-day operations as well as developing the strategic direction. For this reason, we need trustees that can bring both the skills we need to grow and develop, live locally and have time and energy to give to the charity.

    If you are interested in working with us, or would like to find out more, please get in touch.

    http://www.lincolnshirecvs.org.uk/all-about-being-a-trustee/

    To apply, please email your covering letter and CV to office@mindspacestamford.com

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    Gardeners

    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.

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    Marketing

    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.

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