Here at Leeds Mind we rely on the assistance of a great many volunteers to help us deliver our services and support our day-to-day work.  We are very proud of the work that our volunteers do.  We offer a variety of roles that you can get involved with, and would also be very interested to hear if you have any new ideas that you would like to support us with.

Here at Leeds Mind we rely on the assistance of a great many volunteers to help us deliver our services and support our day-to-day work.  We are very proud of the work that our volunteers do.  We offer a variety of roles that you can get involved with, and would also be very interested to hear if you have any new ideas that you would like to support us with.

In return for your time and effort, we offer a supportive working environment, valuable work experience, involvement in social activities, the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge, access to training, supervision and travel expenses.

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Diversity statement

Leeds Mind is committed to eliminating discrimination and encouraging diversity amongst our staff and volunteers. Our Equality and Diversity Policy is designed to provide equality and fairness for all in our employment and who volunteer for us, not be discriminated on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, religion or age.

Volunteer Opportunities


Leeds Mind’s busy Central Office (based in Horsforth) and Employment and Job Retention Service (based in Kirkstall) need volunteers to be the first point of contact for clients on Reception. Volunteers will have good communication skills as they will answer the phone, reply/forward emails and greet visitors in person. This is a great opportunity to meet new people, gain work experience and develop administration skills.



Befriending is a city-wide service for people who are experiencing problems with their mental health, and who, as a result, are more likely to experience social isolation, or a limited social life. At Leeds Mind, this involves partnering a volunteer and client who will meet them regularly, either just for a visit or for an activity or outing of some kind.  Hopefully, this will help to address the isolation, lack of motivation, or lack of self-confidence that can develop when people experience mental health difficulties.  The intention is that this will help people to feel valued, to experience a period of stability through maintaining a managed relationship, to have a period of respite for them or their carer, and provide hope that they can improve their life.

PLEASE NOTE BEFRIENDING VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS ARE CURRENTLY CLOSED. We are not accepting new volunteering applications to the Befriending Service as we are currently at capacity. Please check back in the new year.



Please note that due to high demand we only consider volunteers who are either fully qualified counsellors or are in the final year of study to become qualified. As a minimum, you will be in a BACP or UKCP accredited training to diploma or degree level and have reached the point where your training requires that you undertake a placement.

Peer Support Group Facilitator

Peer Support is a community of people who have experienced difficulties with our mental health. We believe that through sharing our experiences, we can support each other to identify our strengths, gain insight into our mental health difficulties, develop effective coping strategies, and maintain wellbeing. Volunteers facilitate support groups or social activity groups which provide a safe and supportive environment alongside fully trained members of staff. Peer Support volunteers are required to attend group work before applying to volunteer.


Inkwell Arts Volunteer

Inkwell is a safe, creative and accessible space which seeks to support individuals in developing creative skills whatever their background or ability, as an integral part of the journey towards recovery from mental health issues. Inkwell offer a variety of volunteering opportunities and roles such as barista work, admin assistants, craft facilitators, and catering staff. They also have roles within the marketing and exhibitions teams and with three big annual events additional help at these busy times is always appreciated.


IT Support Volunteer

The IT service at WorkPlace Leeds allows people who wish to return to employment gain practical IT skills and qualifications that will help them achieve their goals. Volunteers assist the IT Tutor to provide guidance, training and ongoing assessment for a wide variety of learners, supporting them in gaining skills and confidence and fitting into a work-like environment.

  • Contact: WorkPlace Leeds, 0113 230 263


Social Media Volunteer

To support the members of the WorkPlace Leeds, social media team to develop our social media presence, build our effectiveness and improve our engagement with members of the general public.  Volunteers will have experience of using Twitter and Facebook platforms, ideally in a professional capacity (paid or voluntary). The role may also involve providing some support to our Mindful Employer Coordinator.

  • Vol Role Description – Social Media
  • Contacts:
    • Emlyn Hagan Mental Health Job Retention Specialist 0113 230 2631
    • Ben Grant Senior Mental Health Employment & Development Specialist 0113 230 2631

For further enquiries about volunteering please call 0113 305 5800. If what you’re interested in isn’t listed here, please give us a call anyway as we may be able to help you develop it.

Mind Charity Shops

The Mind shops at Headingley, Moortown and Otley, Bramley and Garforth are always on the lookout for volunteers to help with till work, stock sorting, stock replenishment, window display, and so on.

Register your interest via the National Mind website

Or contact the Shop Managers directly:

  • Headingley: 0113 230 6050
  • Moortown: 0113 318 8563
  • Otley: 01943 468 129
  • Garforth: 0113 318 0562
  • Bramley: 0113 3452870