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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.

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

Current opportunities

We are looking for volunteers in:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Hampshire and Southampton
  • Lincolnshire
  • Newham and Redbridge

What volunteer roles are available?

Outreach Volunteers

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

Support Session Volunteers

Support session volunteers may work with clients who are vulnerable, 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

Hospital Volunteers

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

Care Home Volunteers

Care home volunteers work with people who are under a DoLS (Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards). They help our advocates make sure that clients are involved in decisions about their care. Their role includes:

  • supporting our RPRs (Relevant Person’s Representatives) in their work
  • visiting clients in care homes 
  • helping clients get the best care possible

Register your interest today!

Email volunteering@voiceability.org with your contact details, stating which roles interest you, and we’ll get in touch.