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. 

I volunteer for Beat because it feels great to turn something negative into something positive

There are many reasons why people volunteer with us. For some it’s to meet new people, whilst others want to gain experience. Volunteers can learn new, and develop, existing skills, meet people and help to build confidence. What unites us all though, is the vision that eating disorders will be beaten. 

We recognise 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.

All volunteers will receive regular support from a named member of Beat staff. 

I volunteer for Beat because it allows me to raise awareness on eating disorders while gaining personal skills and building friendships.

We welcome volunteers who have experience of eating disorders, whether this is personal, people with a background in eating disorder or mental health services, people who support others in a caring capacity, or those who wish to learn new skills.

Volunteer wellbeing is vital to ensure that everyone involved in volunteering with Beat has a safe and positive experience. 

If you have personal experience of an eating disorder, we have specific recovery criteria for certain roles.

I volunteer for Beat because I can make a difference; I have a past that is worth sharing with others.

Volunteering Opportunities

All our current volunteering opportunities are listed on this page. If there are none listed, this means that we are not recruiting into any volunteer roles at the present time.

Recruitment and Applications:

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 references*, relevant induction training and undertaking a Self Declaration Statement and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where appropriate to the role.


Applications are subject to receipt of two satisfactory and appropriate references, and you will not be able to attend any Volunteer Training until both your references have been received.

Please provide details of two people whom we can contact for references including: 

  • Title/Name/Email/Telephone Number/Postal Address/Capacity Known/Length of Time Known:
  • Your Referees must have known you for at least one year

  • Referees cannot be relatives or partners/spouses

  • One referee must be able to offer a reference in a professional capacity, for example, employer, tutor, medical practitioner

  • Referees will be asked to confirm that you meet any specific criteria for the role

If you have any questions about who may act as a Referee for you, please contact the Volunteering Co-ordinator on: volunteer@b-eat.co.uk