This year, Mental Health Matters are excited to celebrate National Volunteers Week by joining thousands of charities and voluntary organisations in recognising the contribution volunteers make across the UK. With this year’s theme of ‘Celebrate and Inspire’, we hope to encourage people to be the change that we want to see and get involved in volunteering in whichever way works for them.

Volunteers Week is a time to celebrate the selfless contributions of volunteers who give their skills, time, and experience to make an incredible impact on the lives of others. At Mental Health Matters, we want to take time to celebrate all the efforts and contributions volunteers make to our local communities and the clients we support. Volunteers play a crucial role in our organisation, helping us to reach more people, provide more support, and make a bigger impact in the community.

Our Volunteer Coordinator, Natalie Santo, said: "We are so excited to be developing our volunteering opportunities across the organisation and would love to encourage anyone interested in supporting mental healthcare within their local communities to consider volunteering with us. As a volunteer with Mental Health Matters, you'll have the chance to work alongside others who share your commitment to making a difference to our client’s lives."

"As we are in the early stages of collaborating with volunteers, we also hope our volunteers take on the opportunity to provide valuable insight and feedback that will help to continually improve and shape the future of volunteering within Mental Health Matters. It’s incredibly important that volunteer’s voices, insight and life experiences are represented within our organisation. We work hard to ensure our volunteers gain valuable experience, develop new skills, and make meaningful connections with others."

"We'll provide you with the necessary training and support to ensure a rewarding, fulfilling volunteer experience, tailored to your individual needs. Whether you’re looking to explore our micro volunteering opportunities, champion our organisation, or support directly within one of our services, we’d love to hear from you!"

Pictured: Natalie Santo, Volunteer Coordinator