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

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.


Leeds Mind has 2 Befriending Services:

S.E.L.F (South & East Leeds Friends)

S.E.L.F is a befriending and social support service working with people age 50+ in South and East of Leeds who are experiencing mental health difficulties and high levels of social isolation. The project is delivered by Leeds Mind and funded through Time to Shine. We are looking for volunteer befrienders to form 1:1 befriending relationships to support people with a wide range of social and leisure activities with a focus around gaining independence, self-confidence and self-sufficiency. We are also looking for volunteer group leaders who would like to help set up and run social/ activity groups for people aged 50+ in the local area. For more information on the befriending service or for an informal chat please contact Emily (see details below).

Leeds Befriending Service

Volunteer applications are currently closed for the Leeds Befriending Service, as the service is currently at full capacity.

Leeds 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.

Peer Support Group Facilitator

We are currently looking for new volunteers for some of our peer support groups. Please contact us for full details.

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 are fully trained to facilitate courses, workshops and support groups which provide a safe and supportive environment. This is done alongside experienced members of staff. Peer Support volunteers are required to attend group work before applying to volunteer.


Please note volunteer applications for counselling are currently closed.

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.

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