Are you passionate about positive mental health? Join our progressive and inclusive organisation, supporting others and developing your skills in a variety of voluntary roles supporting mental health within your local area. CPSL Mind has volunteering Cambridgeshire, volunteering Peterborough, and volunteering South Lincolnshire opportunities.

We have diverse mental health volunteering opportunities available, ranging from facilitating peer support and community groups to leveraging your lived experiences to collaborate on service improvements through our co-production initiatives. Whether you’re interested in fundraising, campaigns, or other areas, there might be a fulfilling role waiting for you.

Why volunteer at CPSL Mind?

Local volunteer opportunities are a great way to use your existing skills and lived experience to support the organisation in a variety of different ways. Volunteering is great for the soul, and you can get the opportunity to meet new people, gain confidence and add it to your CV. We couldn't support the amount of people we do without the support and dedication of our volunteers.

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Use your skills and talents to improve wellbeing in your local community and change people’s lives for the better.

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Share your lived experience of mental health challenges to support others on their journey to recovery.

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Gain experience working for a local mental health charity. Learn and develop in areas you’re passionate about such as support services, marketing, events and more.

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Be part of our supportive and inclusive organisation. Make new friends and feel connected to like-minded people in your local community.

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Nye’s story

Nye shares his experiences of volunteering as part of the Communications Team and how this helped develop his skills.

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Katie’s story

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Katie’s story

Katie shares her experiences of volunteering as part of our Supporting New Mums Team and how this increased her confidence.

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How we support you

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Frequently asked questions

What is co-production?

Co-production is the design, planning, production and delivery of mental health projects and services in ways that reflect and value the lived experience of everyone involved.

How to become a mental health volunteer?

Every mental health volunteer opportunity is different here at CPSL Mind, so the skills you'll need differ from role to role. For many roles, you don't need a specific set of skills – enthusiasm and commitment are the most important thing! If an opportunity does need certain skills, we'll outline what they are in the role specification. Not every role is based around mental health support, but we encourage our volunteers to follow our core values of respect, empowerment, inclusivity, integrity, courage and compassion .

How much time do I have to give?

Again, each opportunity is different. So, we'll usually say how much time you'll need to give in the role specification. We have various options depending on how much time you have – whether it's ad-hoc or long-term commitment. *For those volunteers receiving the training package and enhanced DBS, we do ask for six months minimum due to the cost incurred by the organisation*.

What support do volunteers get?

We invite all our volunteers to a monthly reflective space (this is a confidential place for volunteers to provide each other peer support, share stories and gain insight into different roles). All CPSL Mind volunteers get a Wellbeing Plan to use if they wish, annual get-togethers and access to all other support our staff have access to, including 1:1 supervision.

Do I need to apply for a DBS?

Some volunteering opportunities for CPSL Mind are subject to satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CPSL Mind will process an enhanced DBS check for you to include regulated activities with vulnerable adults. The nature of the work of volunteers in the organisations is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and requires you to reveal all convictions, including spent convictions. You must complete a DBS Enhanced Check before you begin your volunteering placement with CPSL Mind if you are applying for a service-facing role. This check will also include any information that may be held against the barred lists for working with adults and or children. Applicants should not withhold information about unspent convictions or other relevant criminal record information. Any information provided will be confidential and will be considered only about the volunteer placement applied for.

How to become a mental health volunteer

Step 1 – Have a look at our volunteering section on the website if there is a role you are interested in.

Step 2 - Complete the online application form and Equality and Diversity form and send them to volunteering@cpslmind.org.uk

Step 3 - Await to hear from the Volunteer Manager, who will contact you for an informal chat and arrange a date for further conversation about the role.

Step 4 – If successful, complete induction and any relevant online training modules/DBS application needed for the role applied for.

Step 5 – After a satisfactory DBS and online training - you will be ready to start, always at your own pace with full-service support.


Chair of the Board of Trustees

We are currently seeking a Chair who is passionate about meeting the mental health needs of our diverse population, with the experience to lead our multi-skilled Board of Trustees into a new phase of strategic development.

As our new Chair, you will be a collaborative, strategic thinker who aligns personally with our values of Respect, Inclusivity, Courage, Compassion, Integrity and Empowerment. You will already have strong chairing skills and, ideally, charity trustee experience.

Volunteer Perinatal Support

Our Perinatal service is looking for a female volunteer to support their Mindful Mums groups.

The groups are offered in Peterborough, South Fenland, Cambridge and are open to women who live in these areas who have a child under the age of 2 years.

The groups focus on Mums sharing wellbeing skills and keeping connected with each other for friendship and support.

STOP Suicide Campaign Maker

We’re looking for proactive, passionate individuals interested in joining a growing social movement of Campaign Makers to spread the vital STOP Suicide campaign message.

We want to empower you and give you the tools, skills and resources to make the impact you want to make in suicide prevention.

Examples of ways you could get involved include community events, digital campaigning, resource distribution, media or sharing your personal experiences. If you have an innovative idea to raise awareness we’d love to hear it.

Take a look at our STOP Suicide website and sign up below.

Cafe Hosts

Are you passionate about mental health or would like to use your lived experience or knowledge to support others? Our Long Sutton Night Light Café are looking for volunteer Cafe Hosts, Night Light Cafes provide a local, safe space for anyone experiencing mental health crisis, during the evening.

Dads Matter Co-facilitator

We are seeking a volunteer to support and share lived experience of becoming a Dad.

Good Mood Cafe Co-Facilitator

A Co-facilitator will support CPSL Mind staff to deliver Good Mood cafes within the local community. The volunteer co-facilitator will help initiate conversation and keep them on topic, they will also help to engage those attending. Help build confidence of those attending and signpost attendees to other services if required.