Volunteering

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

You can volunteer as a Befriender, as a Youth Befriender, by helping out in one of our well-being services, running 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
    • On-going support from the Coordinators in your area
    • Opportunities for ongoing training
By volunteering with Buckinghamshire Mind you also have the opportunity to earn Time Credits. For every hour of your time that you give you will receive one credit to spend on something you like to do; from trips to the theatre to a gym class. There is no limit to how many credits you can earn; the more you earn the more you can spend. What’s more time credits never expire and they don’t cost any money.

To find out more about the time credit scheme go to the website: www.timecredits.com

Applications are welcomed from people with a wide range of lived experience and from all ages and backgrounds. 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. If you are looking to apply for a counselling position please see the application at the bottom of this page.

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Volunteer Counselling Placements with Buckinghamshire Mind

If you are interested in this volunteer opportunity please click on the button below for more information or complete the online application form.

Position Details



Application for a Voluntary Counselling Placement

If you would like to become an Honorary Counsellor on Placement please complete the online application below

NB: The application form allows you to provide information in support of your application. Your progress to the next stage of the selection process will depend on the answers you give. The form consists of several sections. E.g. Employment History, Course Details etc. Please ensure that you complete all sections with as much detail as you can.
You need to take care when completing the Personal Statement and keep in mind you are applying for a placement with a mental health charity. Explain why in particular you wish to volunteer for our charity. This is the criteria against which your application will be assessed. Information on our charity can be obtained from this website.

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Work Experience
Please detail previous work or experience, whether paid or not. Starting with the most recent. We are also interested in your life experience which you consider relevant to the voluntary work you wish to pursue.


Training Courses
Please include here relevant details of any training courses that you have attended or are attending
(Please include relevant professional qualifications)


Personal Statement.
Please state here why you wish to undertake an honorary counselling placement with Buckinghamshire Mind and set out your own assessment of your personal strengths and attributes which you believe will assist you as a practitioner:


Personal Therapy
We believe that experience as a client in personal counselling/therapy is essential in developing individual competence as a practitioner. The reasons for this are (a) to have first hand experience and understanding of what it means to be a client and (b) to ensure as much as possible that the practitioner does not bring his/her own limitations and difficulties to the therapeutic relationship. For these reasons we require that you have had or are currently undertaking personal therapy

How many hours of personal therapy have you had to date? (Required)

How many client counselling hours have you completed to date? (Required)

Use this space to add any additional information regarding personal therapy or client contact hours.


Time Commitment
Which day(s) / times would you be available?

Please indicate by ticking the appropriate boxes.

  1. Monday
  2. Tuesday
  3. Wednesday
  4. Thursday
  5. Friday
  6. Saturday
  1. Morning
  2. Yes
  3. Yes
  4. Yes
  5. Yes
  6. Yes
  7. Yes
  1. Afternoon
  2. Yes
  3. Yes
  4. Yes
  5. Yes
  6. Yes
  1. Evening
  2. Yes
  3. Yes
  4. Yes
  5. Yes
  6. Yes


REHABILITATION OF OFFENDERS ACT 1974

Due to the nature of the work for which you are applying the post is ‘exempt’ from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. Applicants are therefore not entitled to withhold information about convictions (which for other purposes are ‘spent’ under the provisions of the act).

Please sign below and state whether or not any court has at any time found you guilty of an offence. If yes, please give details. If no, please state ‘No Convictions’.


NAME & ADDRESS OF TWO PERSONS WILLING TO SUPPLY REFERENCES
(ONE OF SHOULD BE YOUR PRESENT/MOST RECENT EMPLOYER, IF RELEVANT).

1: Name

Address

Contact Number

Email


2: Name

Address

Contact Number

Email


WE MAY CONTACT YOUR TRAINING ESTABLISHMENT – PLEASE GIVE DETAILS AND INCLUDE NAME OF YOUR TUTOR:


You will be required to undergo an Enhanced DBS check if accepted for an Honorary Placement.

Please tick here if you have an existing DBS Disclosure: Yes


I confirm that all the information I have given throughout the application is true and correct:


Please use this additional area if you would like to add anything else in support of your application