Volunteer with us
Volunteers are an integral part of the Beat team and we would not be able to operate on the scale we do without them. Beat volunteers work in all areas of the organisation and we try to match the skills and experiences of people who want to volunteer with us to the roles available. We want to welcome people from all backgrounds and endeavour to recruit volunteers that are representative of the communities we serve.
Beat recognises that volunteers require satisfying work and personal development and will seek to help volunteers meet these needs, as well as providing the training to do their work effectively.
We welcome volunteers who may be current or former eating disorder sufferers, people with a background in eating disorder or mental health services through to people who support others in a caring capacity, or those who wish to learn new skills.
We asked volunteers to tell us what volunteering with Beat meant to them:
"I volunteer for Beat because it feels great to turn something negative into something positive."
"I volunteer for Beat because it allows me to raise awareness on eating disorders while gaining personal skills and building friendships."
"I volunteer for Beat because I can make a difference; I have a past that is worth sharing with others."
To volunteer with Beat, please complete this form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Current Volunteering Opportunities
PLEASE NOTE: The Volunteering Opportunities below are the only ones we are currently recruiting into. We are unable to take expressions of interest or applications for any other volunteering role at the present time.
Also - please read the descriptions carefully - and check the location of a specific volunteering opportunity as some of our Services and Projects are limited to certain geographical areas within the UK
New! Volunteers needed to help at the Brighton and London Marathons
We have opportunities for volunteers to help us out for one day at two of the most popular marathons in the UK. We would love for you to join us in cheering on our incredible marathon runners, who always appreciate the support!
The events are:
- Brighton Marathon - Sunday 12th April 2015
- London Marathon - Sunday 26th April 2015
We have opportunities for:
- Cheering Zone, Race Finish and Post-Race Reception Volunteers
- Therapists - Physiotherapists and Masseurs for the Post-Race Reception - to help our amazing runners recover from the demands of running a marathon (London marathon only, and you will be required to produce evidence of Professional Qualification/Registration)
If you are interested in being involved in these marathons, please email email@example.com with the following information by Friday February 20th:
Preferred Telephone Number
Date of Birth
Marathon you would like to attend: Brighton/London
Area of Interest: Photographer/Cheering Zone/Therapist
Brief Description of Your Experience in the Above Areas:
If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Auburn, Fundraising Officer on: 01603 753335
Thank your for supporting Beat - we hope to hear from you soon!
Office Administration Volunteer - Communications Team
Based in Beat Head Office - Norwich
We are seeking to recruit volunteers with an interest in the charity sector to help our busy national Communications Team which is responsible for campaigning, communicating our key messages and raising awareness of eating disorders in the Media.
You will develop new and existing skills, meet new people and make a difference to people affected by eating disorders.
This volunteer role would be good for someone moving into marketing and communications and would suit a recent or soon-to-be graduate.
Do you have an understanding and interest of marketing and communications? Are you a good communicator, well organised and have good IT skills? Are you confidnet to conduct online or telephone research? Are you available for between half- to one day per week?
We offer training and support and travel expenses.
If you would like to apply for this role, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form, or for more information about this opportunity, contact: Mary George, Senior Press Officer: email@example.com or 01603 753323
Office Administration Volunteer - Business Development Team, based at our Head Office in Norwich
We are currently recruiting for an Office Administration Volunteer to support the work of the Business Development Team. The Business Development Team generates income for the charity through delivery of Training and Conferences, and supporting people working in the field of eating disorders in expanding and updating their knowledge of eating disorders.
Do you have general office experience? Are you a good communicator with good IT skills? Would you like to volunteer for half- to one day per week in a busy charity office and gain new skills and experience?
We offer initial and ongoing training and support and travel expenses.
If you would to enquire about this role, please the Word document at the bottom of this page, or for or more information about this opportunity, please contact: Jaye Valori, Business Development Manager:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01603 753303
The Emotional Overeating Support Groups Project is currently recruing new Volunteer Group Facilitators in the following areas:
- Milton Keynes
- Norfolk - all areas, but especially King's Lynn
Induction Training for new volunteers in Norfolk and Suffolk will be held in Norwich on Saturday and Sunday 18th/19th April 2015, and in Bedford on Saturday and Sunday 30th/31st May 2015 (Overnight accommodation is provided)
We are seeking new volunteers to facilitate support groups for adults who binge eat, compulsively overeat, have emotional eating issues or struggle with their weight. The groups will enable individuals aged 18 and over to share problems, gain peer support and discuss their experiences in a safe, confidential and stigma-free environment. The groups will not provide therapy, counselling or advice.
More information on the Project and volunteering can be found here
Beat is also recruiting new Volunteer Group Facilitators in Lincoln:
- Link-ED Carers’ Support Group, Lincoln
Would you like to support others by helping to facilitate a self-help and support group for people with anyone affected by eating disorders, including family members, friends and carers?
Do you have a good knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with mental health issues, particularly eating disorders?
Beat Group Facilitators offer support and information to people affected by eating disorders, by setting up and running Self-Help & Support Groups for people 18 and over who are affected byeating disorders. This may be those with eating distress in various stages of their illness and recovery, or carers, families and friends of individuals with an eating disorder.
Each group is facilitated by at least two Beat-registered Group Facilitators and the groups enable individuals aged to share problems, gain peer support and discuss their experiences in a safe, confidential and stigma-free environment.
Beat Groups do not provide therapy, counselling or advice.
All volunteers receive Induction Training, ongoing support, and there are opportunities to further develop your role and skills.
For more information about Beat Self-Help and Support Groups see Support Groups
Group Facilitators: Link-ED Carers’ Support Group, Lincoln
We have opportunities for two new Group Facilitators to join this established Beat Carers’ Support Group in Lincoln.
Induction Training for new Group Facilitators is anticipated to take place in April 2015, and Closing Date for applications is 9th February 2015.
We are also recruiting volunteer Ambassadors in Wales and Young Ambassadors In Norfolk
Young Ambassadors, North, West and South Norfolk, and Great Yarmouth
Beat Young Ambassadors - North, South and West Norfolk (including Great Yarmouth)
We are currently recruiting young people between the ages of 14 and 25 from Norfolk to become Young Ambassadors for Beat. Beat Young Ambassadors are inspirational young people who have had a personal experience of an eating disorder. They act as representatives of Beat and carry out Beat’s message that eating disorders will be beaten.
As a Young Ambassador you will have access to various opportunities where you will have the chance to develop transferrable skills and experiences that will enable you to continue your self-development, gain confidence and self-esteem. Full training, travel expenses and ongoing support will be provided. As part of the recruitment criteria, you can be either recovered or in recovery from your eating disorder but you must be out of in-patient treatment for at least 1 year and be able to provide us with two satisfactory references regarding your well-being.
Please note that as Beat staff are not medically trained, the Young Ambassador scheme should not be considered as a support service for treatment of an eating disorder or as an aid to achieving recovery.
If you are interested in any of these volunteering roles please download and complete this form, and email it to email@example.com