Volunteering

We provide a wide range of housing, community and day services to many different people every week and we rely on a band of dedicated volunteers to support the work we do.

If you have 'lived experience' of mental health problems, specialist skills, a counselling diploma or nursing background, or are a retired health and social care professional, we'd love to hear from you.

Opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers. Here are a few ways in which you might be able to help:

  • Governance
  • Fundraising
  • Gardening
  • Reception duties/administration
  • Cooking and kitchen support
  • Developing group work skills
  • Supporting projects
  • Counselling
  • Support work
  • Driving or delivery duties

Benefits

As well as getting a good feeling from helping others, volunteering can also benefit you in other ways:

  • Use your existing talents
  • Improve your job prospects
  • Access training and direct learning
  • Enhance your self-esteem
  • Have an active retirement
  • Learn new skills
  • Work within a team
  • Make new friends
  • Give something back
  • Change your career direction

Current Positions

If you are interested in volunteering with Darlington Mind, please tell us which position you are interested in and briefly list relevant skills, work experience and qualifications.

Chair of our Board of Trustees

We are looking for a Chair of our Board of Trustees to take responsibility for directing the affairs of the organisation.

Are you a visible, authentic and inclusive leader? Our vision is for everyone with a mental health issue to be in control of their own lives and get the support they need from people they trust. Our Board of Trustees is responsible for our governance and strategic development and supporting and empowering our Senior Management Team, staff and volunteers.

We would like to hear from people who have a developed understanding of issues relating to mental health and wellbeing and are willing to devote the time required to fulfil their responsibilities as Chair of our Board of Trustees.

We are committed to being an anti-discriminatory organisation and positively welcome and encourage applications from people with lived experience of mental health problems, diverse and marginalised groups If you are seeking to develop your experience and skills and give something back to the community in Darlington, parts of County Durham and North Yorkshire we would love to hear from you.

Role Summary• To lead and support the Board of Trustees to understand and fulfil their legal responsibilities for the governance and strategic direction of the organisation - acting in the charity’s best interests, managing the charity’s resources responsibly and carrying out their responsibilities with reasonable care and skill.• To ensure that Darlington Mind pursues its charitable aims as defined in its governing document and complies with charity law, company law, and other relevant legislation/regulations.• To hold the Board and Senior Management Team to account against progress against the Charity’s mission, vision, and strategic plans.

To work in partnership with the Chief Executive, team members – employees and volunteers – and people with lived experience of mental health to live our values – resilience, equality and diversity, community, care, respect and collaboration and achieve the aims of the organisation.

• To work with the Board of Trustees to achieve well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision making.• To look proactively and broadly at political, economic, social and technological risks and opportunities, at emerging needs within our communities, and at the promotion of equality, diversity and inclusion and use this knowledge to inform the strategic development of the organisation.• To act as an ambassador and the public face of the charity in partnership with the Chief Executive.

• Our entry on the Charity Commission websiteThe Essential Trustee • The Nolan Principles

Please read our application pack in link below for more details and timescales.

To apply for this role, please send an email of no longer than 1000 words, outlining why you would like to be our Chair and demonstrating how you have the knowledge, skills and experience to match our role description, to: simon.davidson@darlingtonmind.com by 5pm on Friday 7 October 2022.

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and offered the chance to have a discussion with an experienced trustee about the role.

This role will be subject to an enhanced DBS check and satisfactory references.

This is a voluntary position. Reasonable travel expenses may be claimed.

Average time commitment 5 hours per week.

Volunteer Fundraising Role

We are looking for someone to help us with our fundraising and who has an interest in our work. The role will include developing, promoting and helping to deliver fundraising activities, helping to prepare social media posts, helping out at events from time to time with the aim of generating donations to our cause. Help us in your own time – no minimum hours.

Driver Support Worker

We are looking for a volunteer to drive the company’s minibus and support our clients.

Project Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to offer individuals with mental health issues support in achieving goals towards personal recovery. The following projects need volunteers:

  • Computer Project
  • Horticulture
  • Mini-bus Driver

"Volunteering within Darlington Mind has greatly improved my confidence and physical wellbeing. This has also helped to keep me active and more interested in hobbies/activities. The atmosphere within the organisation is supportive and relaxed, I have also been provided with training opportunities enabling me to learn new skills along the way too. Thank you to Darlington Mind and it’s staff team for giving me this opportunity and making me feel so welcome!"

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