Volunteer with us

If you’re a member of the public or someone who is using or has used our services and you want to give your time to help others then Richmond Fellowship has opportunities for you.

Become a volunteer and you could also gain valuable skills and experience.

Given the geography and diversity of the services we provide, we have a wide range of volunteering roles available. Download our volunteer leaflet to find out more.

Types of volunteering

Befriending – people with mental ill health can find it hard to get out and mix with people socially. With your help as a volunteer you could help the people we support through one of our befriending roles.

Supporting our services – you can provide support in addition to those provided by our paid staff. We aim to fit each person’s experience, skills and knowledge to the different types of volunteer roles we offer.

We also offer student work placements and opportunities to gain work experience.

We’re totally committed to your protection and wellbeing while you volunteer with us. Our aim is to ensure that your time, skills and commitment are used to the benefit of all, and that you enjoy the time you spend with us.

Find out how to apply in our FAQs below. Please email Volunteering@RichmondFellowship.org.uk for any further queries or support.

Hear from our Volunteers

“This is the first time I have volunteered with a mental health charity. I was nervous to start but the team have made it comfortable for me. I feel myself becoming more confident as the weeks go by.” Christina, Volunteer

“I am gaining news skills, experiences and taking on new challenges. Doing something different has taught me to discover new talents in myself.” Kelechi, Volunteer

What I enjoy about volunteering is that the whole team is very friendly and in good humour when I start each week. The level of friendship and team awareness goes to new levels progressively.” John, Volunteer

Volunteering FAQs

We welcome volunteers from all backgrounds. You just need to be over the age of 18.

To become a volunteer, please complete the volunteering application form on PDF  or Word and email it to Volunteering@RichmondFellowship.org.uk. You’ll then have to provide the names of two referees and have an informal interview. We’ll supply you with an outline of the work you’ll be undertaking and a volunteer agreement.

The object of this is to try, as far as possible, to match your motivation and expectations to what we need from a volunteer.

If your role will involve working alongside individuals using our services then we’ll also need to carry out a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) before you can start.

Most volunteering roles don’t need any special training. However, we’ll give you a full induction to your role and our organisation when you start.

We can’t make payments or offer accommodation to you for undertaking voluntary work for us. However, we will reimburse you for legitimate expenses you’ve incurred such as travel costs.

Volunteers are not paid for their time but are entitled to be reimbursed for legitimate expenses. So volunteering doesn’t affect the benefits payments you receive although you should inform your benefits advisor when you start volunteering.

We’re grateful for whatever time you’re able to give. The amount of time needed is different for each volunteering opportunity. This will be discussed and agreed with you during the application process.

We can offer work placements of up to six months to give you ‘on the job’ experience, skills and knowledge in order to help you gain employment or further your career or academic studies.

The process for applying for a work placement is the same as for volunteering.