Buckinghamshire Mind works with volunteers across all our services. Our volunteers are an invaluable resource in helping us to do what we do and to be a truly community based organisation.

You can volunteer as a Befriender, to help out in one of our wellbeing services, to run a support group or as one of our counsellors (if you are qualified or undertaking your placement as part of your final year of your diploma). We are also interested in hearing about any ideas you might have for volunteering, as often the best ideas for projects come from passionately committed volunteers.

  • Do you enjoy spending time talking and listening to people?
  • Do you have spare time to offer?
  • Would you like to gain further skills for your CV and develop confidence?
  • Do you have a good sense of humour?

Then Buckinghamshire Mind would like to hear from you!

We ask that volunteers are committed, reliable and flexible with a non-judgmental approach. Buckinghamshire Mind provides training for its volunteers including;

  • Volunteer Induction Training
  • Ongoing support
  • Opportunities for ongoing training

Applications are welcomed from people with a wide range of lived experience and from all ages and backgrounds. You must be eligible to volunteer in the UK. We are unable to provide sponsorship towards visas. All volunteers are required to undertake an enhanced DBS check and provide two satisfactory references.

If you would like to apply for a volunteering position, including working with groups or befriending, please download, complete and return the application form below.

Volunteer Application Form


To thank all our amazing volunteers for their wonderful contribution, we’ve produced a series of three mental health training videos, in partnership with Community Impact Bucks, to support volunteers who may be experiencing complex and distressing cases, and need help in building skills to deal with these.

1. How to look after your own mental health


2. How to set boundaries

3. How to support someone else’s mental wellbeing

Further Information

Contact Us
Volunteer Development Calendar
Befriending Service – Role Description
Telephone Befriending Service – Role Description
Wellbeing Group – Role Description


Volunteering Leaflet


Volunteer Counselling Placements with Buckinghamshire Mind

We welcome applications for Volunteer Counselling Placements. Counsellors seeking a voluntary placement must be at an advanced stage of training e.g. as a minimum you must have completed a foundation/certificate level counselling course (or equivalent) and be in the second year of a counselling diploma or equivalent. We do not consider applicants on a distance learning course. Applicants should have at least 50+ supervised hours of clinical experience.

To download and complete an application form, please click here.

Please return completed application forms to counselling@buckmind.org.uk

To read our Volunteer Placement Agreement, please click here.