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Mental Health Awareness Week


It’s Mental Health Awareness Week and this year’s theme is nature, in recognition of its unique ability to lift our spirits and improve our wellbeing.  

This year’s campaign aims to inspire people to connect with nature in new ways and a great way to do this is by volunteering with a local wildlife or conservation charity.  

Volunteering can also be hugely beneficial to our physical and mental health, so when you combine the two, volunteering in the great outdoors could have be just what the doctor ordered to improve your overall sense of wellbeing!

Don't just take our word for it - you can read some inspirational stories of those who have benefitted from volunteering in nature on our blogs page.

Want to get involved? We’ve handpicked a selection of exciting opportunities to volunteer in nature below. 

Volunteering in nature opportunities

2–6 hrs/wk
Wildlife gardening workshops for people living with dementia
Supporting older people living with dementia, and their carers, to get active outdoors and learn about gardening and wildlife.Posted by Froglife
1–6 hrs/wk
Westfield Community Garden volunteer
We are looking for individuals to support the development and ongoing work at the new and exciting Westfield Community Garden project in YeovilPosted by Westfield Community Garden
1–5 hrs/wk
Executive and Non-Executive Trustee roles
As the guardians of purpose; trustees safeguard the trust's assets, purpose and reputation, & are responsible for overall management & strategic direction.Posted by Yeovil Rivers Community Trust
2–4 hrs/wk · Starting from 1 Sept 2020
Social Media & Newsletter Volunteer
Our campaign is lifting off! We need a Social Media expert who can transform our good news stories into very clickable posts & tweets!Posted by Taunton Area Cycling Campaign
Wessex Water Guardian
In partnership with Wessex Water, Somerset Wildlife Trust are piloting a new volunteer scheme to help monitor the health of our water ways.Posted by Somerset Wildlife Trust
0–1 hrs/wk
From home
#2minute Litterpick Volunteer
We work to protect. promote and enhance the countryside in Somerset. Could you collect litter in your local area and make a real difference to the countrysidePosted by CPRE Somerset
3–6 hrs/wk · Starting from 10 Jun 2021
From home
If you have experience in FUNDRAISING or you'd like to receive training in bid writing skills, please get in touch! We'd love to hear from you.Posted by Somerset Rail to Trail Project
1 hrs/wk
Flexible location
Fundraising Trustee
If you have experience in fundraising and would like to support an independent branch of the RSPCA in South East Somerset, we would love to hear from you!Posted by RSPCA South East Somerset Branch
4–8 hrs/wk
Castle Cary
Conservation volunteer
We have conservation groups every Monday and Tuesday 10-4pm. Get in touch if you'd like to get outside, learn some skills and support wildlife. Posted by Carymoor Environmental Trust
2–3 hrs/wk
Gardeners - Open Mental Health
Looking for green fingered volunteers who love being outdoorsPosted by The Balsam Centre
1–3 hrs/wk
Walk Leader / Co-leader - Open Mental Health
Need to get out more? Want to walk with other people? Become a Walk Leader! Posted by The Balsam Centre