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 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: 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.
Beat Cymru Ambassador: Across Wales
Beat is currently recruiting new Volunteer Ambassadors across Wales to support the work of the Beat Cymru Project in bringing about change through raising the profile of eating disorders and the problems faced by anyone affected by eating disorders in Wales. This will include representing Beat by raising awareness of eating disorders through involvement with groups, forums and campaigns which engage local decision making processes.
Do you have a good knowledge and understanding of the needs of people with mental health issues, particularly eating disorders? Are you a good communicator and confident speaking to people in a wide variety of settings such as schools and health care providers? Do you have knowledge of your local community and area?
Ambassadors need to be 18 or over, and, if you have personal experience of an eating disorder you must have been out of treatment for at least 2 years.
We offer training, regular support and travel expenses.
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.
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 18-30, 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, Croydon, Ealing, Enfield, Greenwich, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hackney, Haringey, Harrow, Havering, Islington, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Newham, Redbridge, Richmond, Southwark, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Westminster.
Volunteers will be working, living or studying in one of the above Boroughs.
Group Facilitator: Wales
Beat is currently recruiting new Volunteer Group Facilitators to help run Self Help and Support Groups across Wales in the following areas:
North Wales: New volunteers to join existing groups in Bangor and Holywell
Mid Wales: We are seeking new volunteers to set up and run a new Self Help and Support Group in Aberystwyth
South Wales: New volunteers to join the Aberdare, Cardiff and Newport groups
Would you like to support others by running a self-help 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? 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 are interested in any of these volunteering roles please download and complete this form, and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org