Volunteering for Wiltshire Mind

Volunteers are an essential part of our charity and we couldn’t operate without their dedication and hard work.

Choosing to volunteer for Wiltshire Mind not only means you can help us support the people in our community who need us but it can also help with your own wellbeing. Supporting and helping others can improve your happiness, give you a sense of purpose and improve your self-confidence. It can also help you further your skills and experience, and is a good addition to your CV.

At Wiltshire Mind we value diversity and we’re committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and to reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures, and those with lived experience of mental health problems. We believe that a diverse team will help us in supporting those experiencing mental health problems or emotional distress.

Due to the nature of our work, some volunteering roles are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Check. This will be highlighted to you before you apply.

We have a range of volunteering opportunities detailed below and will update the page when new opportunities arise.

Charity Shop Volunteers

Our charity shop in Church Street, Melksham offers opportunities for volunteers to work in a retail environment.

You won’t need any particular experience to volunteer, just a willingness to learn and to interact with our customers and other team members. You will be trained how to operate the till and price the stock. The shop specialises in women’s clothing so an interest in fashion is also appreciated but not essential.

We are currently recruiting volunteers for four-hour shifts on any day from Monday to Saturday. Initially this will be from 10am–2pm, however this will change later in the summer to either 9am–1pm or 1pm-5pm. You may volunteer for one or more shift per week depending on what feels right for you.

If you are interested, please contact Bev, our Charity Shop Manager on 01225 704985 for an informal chat, or email charityshop@wiltshiremind.co.uk to arrange this. If you are happy to proceed, you will then be asked to fill in an application form.

Counselling Volunteers (Adult Service)

We offer placement opportunities for counsellors who are currently undertaking appropriate training. We also welcome applications from counsellors who have completed their training and may be working towards accreditation or looking for an opportunity to support people in our community.

We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of three client sessions per week at a regular time slot, and for up to one year. Sessions are usually based at our office in Melksham.

We are an organisational member of the BACP. We offer fortnightly group supervision, with a maximum of four supervisees per group. We also provide management support from a qualified counsellor on a day-to-day basis.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check (including barred list).

Unfortunately, we don’t currently have any open opportunities for volunteers but please do check back in the future as we will update this page when we are taking applications.

Peer Support Group Volunteers

We offer volunteering opportunities to assist with the running of our weekly peer support groups. The groups provide a friendly space for anyone experiencing mental health problems. They bring together people with shared experiences to support each other and provide a place where members can feel accepted and understood.

The volunteer supports our skilled Group Facilitators in creating a safe and open space for our service users. You do not need any particular experience for this role, just a willingness to participate. We welcome applications from people with lived experience of mental health. If you have previously attended one of our support groups as a member, you are welcome to apply but we ask that you are no longer attending the group.

We ask volunteers to commit to a minimum of supporting one group session per week. Please note that all groups are currently held via Zoom video conferencing, but with an intention to return to face-to-face groups later this year. With this in mind, the groups are still arranged by geographical location to make this transition easier for group members.

We offer group supervision for one hour per month which provides a confidential space for you to process how it has felt for you to work in the group, and to ensure you are supported in this role. Supervision is held in small group sessions with other volunteers or group facilitators.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check (including barred list).

We are currently recruiting for support group volunteers at the below groups. Please contact supportgroups@wiltshiremind.co.uk for further information and an application form.

    • Monday – Malmesbury 10am and Chippenham 10am
    • Tuesday – Devizes 10am
    • Wednesday – Melksham 12pm and 6:30pm
    • Thursday – Tidworth (Time TBC – either 10am or 10:30am)
    • Friday – Trowbridge 10am and Salisbury 10:30am

Trustees

Wiltshire Mind is governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for leading the charity and setting the strategic direction. All our trustees are volunteers and are not paid for their time. This is an important role in the governance of the charity which ensures we work within the bounds of our governing document.

As a minimum, trustees are asked to attend a board meeting once per month along with communicating with the CEO and staff as needed. Trustees may also be invited to participate in other areas of the charity depending on their knowledge and interests, for example reviews on service delivery or health and safety.

We welcome applications from people who feel they can commit to the values of the charity and can bring their own skills or experience to enhance the board. This may include lived experience of mental health, experience of working within mental health services or wider business and professional skills such as HR, accountancy, law or operations.

This role is subject to an enhanced DBS check (including barred list). There are also other reasons which may prevent you from being a trustee, such as being bankrupt (undischarged) or having an individual voluntary arrangement (IVA).

Further information on what’s involved in being a trustee can be obtained from the Charity Commission website: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/charity-trustee-whats-involved

If you are interested in becoming a trustee, please contact office@wiltshiremind.co.uk to arrange an initial informal chat with our Chair of Trustees.