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? Read more on our volunteering FAQs.

“Leeds Mind believed in me so I believed in myself”

Volunteering Opportunities

Inkwell Arts Volunteer

Please note volunteer applications for Inkwell 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.

Find out more about volunteering with Inkwell

South & East of Leeds Friends Befriender

Please note volunteer applications for SELF are currently closed.

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).

S.E.L.F Volunteer Befriender – Role Description

Contact: Befriending Support & Development Worker 0113 3055800 [email protected]

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.

More information about Peer Support

Contact: Yoshiko Stokoe 0113 305 5800


Please note volunteer applications for counsellors are currently closed.

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.

More information about our Counselling Service
Counselling Volunteer Person Specification

Contact: Counselling Coordinator – 0113 305 5800

Mind Charity Shops

The Mind shops at Rothwell, 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
  • Rothwell: 0113 3451260