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.

Got a question about volunteering? Click here to see the Leeds Mind Volunteering FAQs


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

Please note volunteer applications for Inkwell Arts are currently closed.

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.

Inkwell Kitchen Volunteers

Please note volunteer applications for the Inkwell Arts kitchen are currently closed.

Can you commit to a minimum of 6 months volunteer work with us? We are looking for reliable individuals who can assist with the daily running of our kitchen. We have opportunities on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

If you feel you are able to commit to this role, please email anna.ridley@leedsmind.org.uk with a list of your experience, which shift you are interested in and why you would like to volunteer at Inkwell Arts. We receive large numbers of requests for volunteering at Inkwell, so please bear with us if we don’t get back to you straight away.


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 currently looking for volunteer telephone befrienders to support people through COVID-19. The role involves a weekly telephone call to provide a listening ear, links to other services and to monitor general wellbeing. For more information on the befriending service or for an informal chat please contact Kabeer (see details below).

Peer Support Group Facilitator

Please note volunteer applications for Peer Support are currently closed.

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.


Volunteer applications for counselling are currently open.

Currently we are specifically looking for counselling volunteers who are available to volunteer for a minimum of 3 hours per week during the day between 10am to 5pm Monday to Thursday.

Please note that we only consider volunteers who are either fully qualified counsellors or counsellors in training to level 4 diploma or degree level. You must also have completed a minimum of 50 hours of clinical practice within an agency setting which has been supervised by an external clinical supervisor.

We further require completion of our mandatory training for all volunteers which comprises of various full and half days during the week. Unfortunately face to face training is not available at weekends.

Mind Charity Shops

The Mind shops at Headingley, Moortown, Otley, Bramley, Wetherby 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
  • Wetherby: 01937 588185
  • Bramley: 0113 3452870