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. Please click here to read our privacy notice for volunteer applicants.

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: Hollies Wellbeing Centre (1 Barton Court Rd New Milton. BH25 6NN)
When: Ongoing
Commitment Required: 3 hours per week – Monday to Friday

Our New Forest wellbeing service works with people with mental health issues.   The role will be to assist the wellbeing service to undertake horticultural work with our service users in order to make full use of our garden areas.

Main Responsibilities

  • To work alongside service users supporting them to undertake horticultural activities such as potting, propagation, growing and garden maintenance.
  • Under the direction of The Wellbeing service, help with the maintenance of... Read full article
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: 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: 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: Southampton City, New Forest and Surrounding Areas
When: Ongoing
Commitment Required: Flexible; Between 1 Session to 4 Sessions per Month

Join our team and make a difference to young people!

As a Heads UP volunteer, you will be based in and around the Southampton city and New Forest areas, supporting the Heads UP Co-Ordinator.

Alongside the Co-Ordinator and other volunteers, you will be delivering a variety of workshops to young people of all ages in schools, colleges, youth groups etc. As such, we invite young people who are confident public speakers to apply.

In this role you will gain experience of working for a... Read full article

Location: Mayfield Nurseries, Southampton
When: as soon as possible
Commitment Required: Wednesday and/or Friday Mornings 10am to 12.30pm

Mayfield Nurseries is a subsidiary social enterprise of Solent Mind.  We are a plant nursery and a mental health charity and strongly believe that through horticulture we can make a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of people who join our services.

In this role you will help support people in the early stages of dementia to undertake gardening activities and socialise with their peers.

 Your main responsibilities will be:

Location: Southampton & Hampshire
When: Ongoing
Commitment Required: Regular weekly commitment - Minimum of 2 hours per week

Solent Mind provides Hampshire and Southampton’s specialist mental health advocacy service. This role is to provide independent community advocacy for individuals receiving mental health services. 

Volunteer Community Advocates work with individuals who are accessing mental health services to ensure that they have fair access to services and treatment.  The community advocate will work 1:1 with individuals to ensure that they are able to contribute and have control over decisions that affect... 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