Why volunteer

Here at Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind we prize the contribution of our volunteer team each and every day quite simply, we could not do what we do without them.

We have a total of 60 volunteers and this year we are working hard to improve our volunteer training, support and personal development opportunities.

If you are considering volunteering, please do get in touch we would love to hear from you.

Our volunteers change lives and so could you!

Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale Mind could not achieve what it does without our fantastic team of volunteers. Volunteering with us will give you the opportunity to change lives for the better and help people in distress to become more confident, more involved in community life and happier. 

What could be better? In return for your hugely valuable contribution to us, we will provide you with quality training, personal development opportunities and support. 

There are lots of other benefits to volunteering - you can... 

Learn or develop a new skill - Volunteering is the perfect way to discover something you are really good at and develop new smills.

Be part of your community - All of our work is based in our community – you will discover the importance of community involvement for people with mental health problems

Feel a sense of achievement - By giving your free time and using your talents you will change lives

Boost your career options - Did you know that 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without. If you are thinking of a career change then volunteering is also a perfect way to explore new fields.

New interests and hobbies - Finding new interests and hobbies through volunteering can be fun, relaxing and energising.

New experiences - Volunteering is a brilliant way to get life experience whilst helping other people in need.

Meeting a diverse range of people - Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life.

Here are some examples of the types of support you can provide are: 

Short-term support

This is an ideal choice if you are a student returning to Scarborough, Whitby or Ryedale on vacation, or someone that prefers not to commit to supporting someone over a long period of time. Short-term support includes for example supporting someone to have their say during a visit to their GP. getting the benefits that they are entitled to or attending a court appearace.

Medium-term support

Work with other volunteers and staff to help a homeless person in emotional distress find and move into safe, secure and good quality accommodation. Perhaps you could help someone join a friendship group, learn a new skill or keep their job or support a person with mental health difficulties to get out and about and enjoy taking part in the many and varied opportunities in their local community

Longer-term support

People with mental health problems often need on-going support. Lacking in confidence and self esteem it may take time for them time to trust you and to develop the confidence to venture out into the wider community again. Your support may include supporting someone to use public transport, take up some physical exercise, shop and cook for a healthy diet, visit local cafés for a coffee and a chat. Helping someone in this way takes patience, but can be hugely rewarding, and can lead to long term friendship with the person you support.

Get in touch 

To find out more about volunteering and request an application form please call (01723) 356562 or email info@swrmind.org.uk.