VoiceAbility | Volunteering
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Volunteering

Make a difference in your local community and help us to support everyone to have a voice that counts. As a volunteer, you could spread the word about our services, use your lived experience to support someone through a tough time, or play a crucial role in making our service more accessible.

What do we look for in our volunteers?

Our volunteers often have a personal interest in disability, mental health or human rights, or social care, but this is not essential. It is far more about the values you share with us than your experience or skills.

You can volunteer as little, or as much as you want. Some of the roles will require a greater level of commitment than others and we can talk through the roles and your own availability when you contact us. For most roles, you’ll need to have at least 2 hours per week to spare, and you’ll need to be able to commit to volunteering for at least 6 months. You will also need to be over 18 years old to volunteer in these roles.

What do you get from volunteering with us?

All volunteers must complete comprehensive training and shadowing with an experienced member of our team before they start.

As a volunteer you can:

  • grow your confidence and communication skills
  • build up personal and professional experience in health and social care
  • develop skills in key health and social care approaches of accessibility, confidentiality and empathy
  • add experience to your CV
  • know you’re making a difference to people’s lives

What volunteer roles are available in my local area?

Independent Visitor

The role provides long-term friendship and support to a young person by:

  • doing activities and taking a young person on outings
  • providing a positive experience and relationship with an adult outside the care system

This role is available in Waltham Forest, although volunteers can live outside this area. Find out more about what's involved.

Peer Mentor

Peer Mentors use their own experience of mental health difficulties - either their own, or those of friends and family members - to support others to make positive life changes. This could involve:

  • practical support, like accompanying people to appointments or helping them find work
  • emotional support
  • helping them to connect with their local community

Outreach Volunteer

Outreach volunteers promote our services and the organisation by raising awareness across communities. Your role could involve:

  • delivering information sessions and drop-ins
  • offering signposting to other services
  • making referrals using our helpline

This role is available in Cambridge, Bedfordshire, East Riding, Hampshire and Southampton, Lincolnshire and Newham and Redbridge. 

Support Session Volunteer

Support session volunteers may work with clients who have mental health problems, learning disabilities, autism or other disabilities which prevent them from resolving problems on their own. Your role could involve:

  • helping clients have their say when it matters most
  • delivering general advocacy support, including 1:1 support 
  • helping clients make complaints and navigate local services

This role is available in Cambridge, Doncaster, Bedfordshire, East Riding, Newham and Redbridge, Hampshire and Southampton, Lincolnshire and Scotland. 

Hospital Volunteer

Hospital volunteers support our IMHAs (Independent Mental Health Advocates) who deliver advocacy as detailed in the Mental Health Act. This support includes:

  • conducting drop-ins
  • attending events and ward meetings at local facilities
  • sharing information
  • referring clients to an IMHA where necessary, via our helpline

This role is available in Cambridge, Doncaster, Bedfordshire, East Riding, Newham and Redbridge, Lincolnshire, Hampshire and Southampton. 

Care Home Visitor Volunteer

This role supports our RPRs (Relevant Persons Representative) to ensure people receive the best care possible when under a DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Restriction). Assisting our RPRs ensures clients views are taken into consideration when decisions are made about their care. This includes:

  • visiting clients in care homes to do checks 
  • speaking with clients about their feelings, thoughts and wishes

This role is available in East Riding.

Scotland Support Session Volunteer

This role involves supporting our advocates to ensure individuals have accessible information and know their rights with regards to disability benefits by:

  • promoting the service across local areas
  • attending events and meetings to promote the service
  • working directly with clients on low level cases (2 cases maximum)

This role is available in Scotland. 

Connections Volunteer

This role supports our volunteers and employees who have lived experience of a learning disability and/​or autism to talk to others to find out what is really important to them in their lives and feed this back to the local authorities and other professionals who can make a difference.

This includes supporting people:

  • to prepare for, and attend, meetings – for instance with travel and basic admin
  • to take part in drop ins, outreach sessions and site visits
  • to sign-post people to the right services within or outside our organisation

This role is available in Cambridge, Lincolnshire and Hampshire and Southampton. 

Register your interest today!

Email volunteering@voiceability.org with your contact details, let us know which roles interest you and in which location, and we’ll get back to you to have a conversation.