Volunteer Awards 2014
As part of our 25th anniversary celebrations, Beat are holding an event at the House of Commons to recognise some of the excellent work carried out by our many volunteers.
Nominations are now open! Find out more here
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."
Beat is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. All volunteers will be required to complete the Volunteer Recruitment Process, which includes submitting an application form, receipt of two satisfactory references, relevant induction training, and undertaking a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where appropriate to the role.
All volunteers will receive regular support from a named member of Beat staff.
Current volunteering opportunities
Please 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 - Beat Young Ambassadors: Norfolk
We are currently recruiting young people between the ages of 11 and 19 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 becoming a Young Ambassador for Beat, please complete the volunteer enquiry form here.
Fundraising Office Volunteer: Norwich
We are seeking to recruit volunteers to work in our office in Norwich helping the fundraising team which is responsible for raising income through sponsored events, corporate partnerships, trust donations, legacies and memberships.
There are 3 members of staff in the fundraising team, the Director of Fundraising, Head of Fundraising and Fundraising Officer.
The fundraising office volunteer will support the team with a variety of general admin tasks but we are particularly looking for people who are very confident carrying out email, website and telephone research identifying potential sponsorship opportunities, potential corporate sponsors e.g. Charity of the Year and trust & grant giving organisations.
If you have general office admin experience, good communication skills and have experience of using a range of IT packages including Excel spreadsheets and databases and would be interested in this role, please complete the volunteer enquiry form here.
Helpline Support Volunteer: Office based in Norwich
This role is only available to people living in Norwich and Norfolk
Volunteers will be taking calls on the Beat Adult Helpline, responding to users’ needs and providing information, support and signposting.
Skills: Are you a good listener? Do you have good knowledge of eating disorders and an understanding of mental health issues? Do you have good IT skills and experience of using spreadsheets/databases and internet? Are you able to commit to volunteering three hours per week, afternoons and evenings? Are you available 40 out of 52 weeks for a minimum of one year?
Supervision: Ongoing supervision and mentoring within the role
Expenses: We offer travel expenses for this role.
For more information about this role and details of the next Training Course please click here
If you’re interested in becoming a helpline support volunteer for Beat, please complete the volunteer enquiry form here
. Group Facilitator: Emotional Overeating Support Groups: East and West Midlands and East Anglia only
Volunteers are required to facilitate support groups for adults who binge eat, compulsively overeat, have emotional eating issues or are struggling with their weight. The groups will enable individuals aged over 18 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
Induction training, travel expenses and ongoing supervision are provided.
If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer group facilitator, please complete the volunteer enquiry form here
.Group Facilitator: Grantham and Newcastle
Beat is currently recruiting new Volunteer Group Facilitators to set up and run new Self Help and Support Groups in Grantham and Newcastle as part of new partnerships we are developing.
Would you like to support others by running a self-help group for people with eating disorders or a Carers' Support Group with other volunteers?
Do you have a good knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with mental health issues, particularly eating disorders? Are you a good listener, and able to offer support, information and encouragement in a non-judgemental manner?
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 by eating 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 attendees support each other by sharing experiences, thoughts, successes and problems. Beat groups do not offer treatment, counselling or therapy.All volunteers will receive Induction Training, ongoing support and supervision, and there are opportunities to further develop their role and skills. If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer group facilitator, please complete the volunteer enquiry form here
Transitions Project: Recovery Buddies: London only
The Transitions project will support young people in London who are affected by eating disorders at times of transition, when they are particularly vulnerable.
To find out more about the Transitions project, see the information pages here
The Project is recruiting and training Recovery Buddies to support young people. These volunteers are aged 18-25, recovered from an eating disorder and have been out of inpatient treatment for two years. Because of their own personal experience, they have a great depth of understanding and demonstrate that recovery is possible and achievable.
The Transitions Project is funded by City Bridge to cover the following London Boroughs: Barking and Dagenham, Barnet, Brent, Camden, City, Haringey, Islington, Kensington and Chelsea, Lambeth, Redbridge, Southwark, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth and Westminster.
Volunteers will be working, living or studying in one of the above Boroughs. If you identify yourself within the above criteria, and wish to find out more about becoming a volunteer Recovery Buddy, please complete the volunteer enquiry form here
Media Volunteers: UK Wide
The most powerful voice in raising awareness is that of those affected – whether it be the individual themselves, their partner, family or friends. By sharing your experiences you can really help other people in similar situations and the personal element can often mean the difference between a story being run or not.
For more information, or to apply, please see the media pages here