We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our volunteers. Whether running groups or organising events, accompanying people to medical appointments or helping with our newsletter mail-outs, volunteers are essential to our success – and our future. To us, the act of volunteering provides an invaluable community service – and, for those sharing their time, it can offer many mental and physical rewards.
If there is a skill you want to share with the Irish community we’ll find a space for it. If you have time on your hands and want to get involved but not sure in what way, we’re fairly confident we’ll find a task for you.
No skill is too strange or unique for us! We’ve had volunteers with expertise in assembling flat pack furniture; the patience to teach classes on Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and the good humour to hold laughter yoga classes.
If you would like to get involved and facilitate groups or accompany people to medical appointments, we ask that you participate in a half-day training programme and have a DBS [police check]. Our resident volunteer leader will then provide ongoing support for you while you volunteer with us.
If you would just like to provide administration support or organise events for us on an ad hoc basis, we will brief you in advance about the event or activity. You won’t need a DBS check to be involved in this way.
We provide training events throughout the year and often hold social “get togethers” where volunteers can meet each other and share their experiences. Our volunteer leader will keep you up to date about these gatherings.
What one of our volunteers said:
“I didn’t expect to be drawn to the city’s Irish community when I first moved here but somehow I found Mind Yourself. I was struggling with my transition from another city when I came across the website. I remember it being distinct from the others: refreshing and reassuring, two qualities which still resonate with me when I think of Mind Yourself.
I soon got involved as a volunteer and spent my formative London months involved in various aspects of Mind Yourself life – from the Fun Run to Share it Saturdays, outreach efforts to helping organise a series of community discussions.
I always felt supported by Mind Yourself staff but also received free training in group facilitation/active listening skills and later down the line on how to manage suicidal disclosures.
The highlights are many and volunteering at Mind Yourself has provided me with opportunities to gain skills, friendships and experience.
Volunteering has been rewarding and challenging on a personal level and I owe a lot of thanks to the staff for helping me to settle into London life, to explore my identity and values and in many ways to help me discover what it is I want to do with my professional life.”
If you would like more information regarding volunteering please contact us below.