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Welcome to the Open Mental Health Volunteering Page

Volunteering is a great way to improve our mental health and wellbeing. Through volunteering we connect with our local communities, meet new people, learn new skills, and put our life experience & knowledge to good use - and we enjoy ourselves!


Volunteers are an integral part of Open Mental Health, there are so many opportunities to get involved, and we would love for you to join us.


You can find the current volunteering roles from our Open Mental Health partners listed below. Simply click on the one that interests you and follow the steps to register your interest in a role.


If you need some extra support applying for these roles or have any questions, please contact [email protected] and a member of our team would be happy to help you.

About Open Mental Health

Open Mental Health is an alliance of local voluntary organisations, the NHS and social care, Somerset County Council, and individuals with lived experience of mental health. We are working together to improve the way people in Somerset receive support with their mental health by providing access to a number of specialist services including NHS support, housing advice, debt and employment advice, volunteering opportunities, community activities, peer support and local exercise groups. We want to ensure that people in Somerset get the right support when they need it most.

Volunteer Passport

The Open Mental Health Volunteer Passport provides recorded evidence, that a volunteer has gained the required knowledge to move more easily between volunteering roles within the wider Open Mental Health network. The learning record can be updated on this passport as volunteers acquire new knowledge, understanding and skills.

Step by step guides for using Spark a Change

Use the links below to help you navigate around the site

Current opportunities with our Open Mental Health partners

Café Volunteer
Organisation role · 5–8 hrs/Week · Starting from 12 May 2024
Bath
Café Volunteer
We are looking for friendly people to join our happy team of café servers. Tasks include talking with customers, taking orders, serving food and some cleaning. Posted by The Salvation Army (Bath Citadel)
Cats Protection Fundraising Volunteer (Somerset)
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Haywards Heath
Cats Protection Fundraising Volunteer (Somerset)
Your local Cats Protection Somerset branches are seeking passionate cat loving, Fundraising Volunteers to join their friendly team!Posted by Cats Protection SW Community Fundraising Hub
Gardening
Project role (Temporary) · Flexible hours
Keinton Mandeville
Gardening
Volunteer gardeners required on a small community growing for wellbeing project working with adults and young adults to support wellbeing. Posted by Wilder Woods
Peer Mentor SMI Community and Outreach - All areas across Somerset
Project role (Temporary) · 2–3 hrs/Week · Starting from 31 Jan 2024
Flexible location
Peer Mentor SMI Community and Outreach - All areas across Somerset
Peer Mentors use their lived experience of mental health challenges as basis to support others. Contacting them on regular basis for agreed period of time.Posted by Peer Connections, Rethink Mental Illness
Volunteer- Carers Support
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Flexible location
Volunteer- Carers Support
Could you give up to an hour a week to chat to a caregiver of someone experiencing mental ill-health to help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation? Posted by Community Council for Somerset (CCS)
Wellbeing Friend Volunteer
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Somerset
Wellbeing Friend Volunteer
We're looking for volunteers who would like to visit an older person in their local area for a friendly chat once a week.Posted by Age UK Somerset
Memory Connections Group Volunteer
Organisation role · 1–2 hrs/Week
Street
Memory Connections Group Volunteer
We are looking for volunteers to help support our weekly, fun, Memory Connections group activity sessions. Posted by Age UK Somerset
Move More Together Volunteer
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Bridgwater
Move More Together Volunteer
The Move More Together project matches volunteers with older adults looking to start or get back to physical activity with a little helping hand.Posted by Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP)
Are you interested in becoming one of our Trustees
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Bridgwater
Are you interested in becoming one of our Trustees
Diversity Voice is looking for new trustees for its Board. The Board is responsible for the governance, monitoring and strategic direction of the CharityPosted by Diversity Voice
Open Mental Health Champion
Project role (Temporary) · Flexible hours · Starting from 15 May 2024
Somerset
Open Mental Health Champion
Help give your community a voice to shape mental health services and tell people you know about the support that's available. Posted by Spark Somerset
Ageing Well Volunteers - leading groups of older people in gentle exercise & fun
Organisation role · 1–2 hrs/Week
Flexible location
Ageing Well Volunteers - leading groups of older people in gentle exercise & fun
Become an Ageing Well Volunteer and you'll bring older people together for gentle exercise sessions, a chance to be sociable and to have a laugh.Posted by Age UK Somerset
Move More Together Volunteer
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Flexible location
Move More Together Volunteer
The Move More Together project matches volunteers with older adults looking to start or get back to physical activity with a little helping hand.Posted by Somerset Activity & Sports Partnership (SASP)
Information and Advice Volunteers
Organisation role · Flexible hours
Taunton
Information and Advice Volunteers
In this interesting role you'll help lessen older people's anxiety & the sleepless nights caused by financial struggles by assisting with benefit claim forms. Posted by Age UK Somerset
'Walk and Talk' Volunteer
Organisation role · 1–2 hrs/Week
Flexible location
'Walk and Talk' Volunteer
We are looking for friendly people in Somerset & North Somerset who would enjoy going out for a short 'walk and talk' with an older person once a week. Posted by Age UK Somerset
Friendly Phone Calls Volunteer
Organisation role · 0–1 hrs/Week
From home
Friendly Phone Calls Volunteer
As a Friendly Phone Calls Volunteer you could be the person to brighten someone’s day by picking up the phone & having a chat from the comfort of your own home.Posted by Age UK Somerset
Mindline Somerset - Open Mental Health
Organisation role · 0–3 hrs/Week
From home
Mindline Somerset - Open Mental Health
Mindline Somerset is an Emotional Support Helpline. Well established since 2001 we are looking for more volunteers to help run our 24/7 service.Posted by Mindline Somerset