Volunteer opportunities

Volunteering is a great way for you to make use of your skills, get involved in your local community, meet new people and gain valuable experience while supporting the work of Solent Mind.

By volunteering with us you can help us make sure that anyone with a mental health problem has somewhere to turn for advice and support.

We invest in volunteers and are rewarded by committed people, without whom many services could not operate.

Many of our volunteers have a personal interest in mental health and bring with them their knowledge and experience, which is invaluable. We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds particularly those who have experience of using mental health services. It is recognised that service users have specific skills gained from experience and that they enrich the services that the organisation is able to offer.

Please click here to read about some of our volunteers and how they have found voluntering at Solent Mind.

If you would like to apply for any of the volunteer roles listed below you will need to complete and return a volunteer application form. Click on a role below to show more information and a link to the form.

If you find you are not able to download or have difficulty downloading a volunteer application form and full volunteer role description for any of the volunteer roles shown below, you can request these to be sent to you by either:

Telephoning our main office:  023 8202 7810 and speaking to Reception staff
Emailing:  volunteering@solentmind.org.uk
Writing to: Volunteering, Solent Mind,  15-16 The Avenue, Southampton SO17 1XF

View our current volunteer vacancies

Location: Hythe, Fareham and Gosport
When: to start as soon as possible
Commitment Required: see role description

Solent Mind is working in partnership with the Centre for Citizenship and Community at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to carry out an applied research and community development project, Community Connectors, with local residents in the Hythe, Fareham and Gosport localities. The Community Connectors project is funded by Hampshire County Council under the Supportive Communities programme, which is designed to test out innovative ways of strengthening communities and individual wellbeing,... Read full article

Location: Winchester Wellbeing Centre
When: from July/August 2016 until further notice
Commitment Required: 3 – 4 hours per week on a weekday morning. The walking group currently takes place on a Tuesday morning but an alternative time could be considered

At the Wellbeing Centre we encourage physical activity as a means of improving mental wellbeing. The walking group is an important part of our programme and we need help to ensure it is able to run on a weekly basis.

As a Walking Group Volunteer you will accompany a group of service users from the Wellbeing Centre on walks around the city of Winchester to encourage physical activity and social interaction

You will have the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people, both service... Read full article

Location: Southampton and Hampshire
When: Ongoing
Commitment Required: Regular weekly commitment – minimum of 2 hours. The Advocacy Team currently provide a service Monday-Friday 9.00-5.00pm

Solent Mind provides Hampshire, Southampton and Portsmouth’s specialist mental health advocacy service.

As part of our advocacy service we also provide the RPR service.  The RPR Service is an area of work created by the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DOLS).  The deprivation of liberty safeguards provide legal protection for those vulnerable people who are, or may become deprived of their liberty in a Hospital or Care Home.  The safeguards exist to provide a proper legal process and... Read full article

Location: Saint Mary’s Community Campus, Portsmouth
When: From June 2016 exact date TBC
Commitment Required: Minimum of 15 hrs per week - Monday to Friday

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with an understanding of mental health and employment to support Solent Mind’s Employment Team within Portsmouth Support and Recovery with a range of tasks.

You will have an understanding of both mental health and employment – specifically the challenges that can arise for those with mental health conditions who are either trying to retain or access employment

Based within St Mary’s Community Campus in Portsmouth, you will be responsible... Read full article

Location: Community settings in the Southampton & New Forest areas
When: Ongoing
Commitment Required: Variable - to be agreed with volunteers

As a peer supporter, you will be using your own experiences of mental health issues to support, encourage and inspire people experiencing a mental health issue. By providing a role model and offering both understanding and support, you will help to raise others’ confidence, self belief and aid their long term recovery. This may be in a group, social or one to one setting.

 Responsibilities will include:

  • Helping plan and run group and activity sessions in line with the needs of... Read full article
Location: Portsmouth Support & Recovery Service, St Marys Hospital, Portsmouth
When: as soon as possible
Commitment Required: 1-2 days a week or as agreed with line manager

As volunteer administrator you will provide administrative support for Portsmouth Support & Recovery Team, helping a very busy team to communicate more effectively and be able to deliver excellent service to our stakeholders

Your main responsibilities will include:

    • Maintaining accurate databases
    • Take minutes at meetings, Typing
    • Managing emails and correspondence; Answering the phones; Monitoring and distributing incoming... Read full article
Location: New Forest and Surrounding Areas
When: Ongoing
Commitment Required: Between 1 Session to 4 Sessions per Month

You will be based in and around the New Forest supporting the Heads UP Co-Ordinator in delivering workshops and talks to young people in schools, colleges, youth groups etc.

In this role you will gain experience of working for a busy project, building and learning new skills, contributing to its future progression, aiding to its success.

For further information about the role please contact: Abby Oakley, Project Co-Ordinator 023 8202 7816,... Read full article

Location: Southampton
When: Immediately

One in four of us will suffer from a mental health problem at some time in our lives. Do you want to use your skills and experience to play a leading role in a social enterprise which provides real, practical help?

Mayfield Nurseries is a working nursery and a horticultural social enterprise for people with lived experience of mental health issues. Every year we support 40-50 people in gaining skills, experience and qualifications in horticulture.  A subsidiary of Solent Mind, we are also a... Read full article

Location: Primarily based from Head Office, 15-16 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XF. However there is also expectation to attend events within the community as required. There may be the option to be based from home.
When: Ongoing
Commitment Required: Minimum 6 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months.

Alongside our day-to-day work we’re starting new fundraising campaigns and initiatives including event, community and corporate fundraising.

We need your help in our fundraising team so that we can be sure that our valued fundraisers receive the best possible support and service from Solent Mind.  By helping us to develop more voluntary income streams, we can continue to help those that need us most in Hampshire.


You will provide administrative support to the wider Business... Read full article