Havering Mind


Do you have a minimum of two hours spare each week?

  • Are you interested in helping people lead independent, fulfilling lives?
  • Would you like to learn about Mental Health?

Click here to view Volunteer initial interest form.

If so please telephone 01708 457777. We can help you today.

Befriending Schemes

This scheme was set up in January 1996 with the aim of alleviating some of the isolation suffered by people with severe health problems.

Our clients' diagnoses cover a wide spectrum from phobias to depression and anxiety but all have a common link in that they find it difficult to enter into social activities that most of us take for granted. We try to help the client overcome this by introducing them to a volunteer who will act as a befriender.

Volunteers will initially visit the client at their home for an average of 2-3 hours per week. Eventually it is hoped that the volunteer will accompany the client to agreed leisure activities. Once the introduction is made and both parties are happy to continue, we ask that the volunteer gives a minimum commitment of 1 year. However, there is no set rule on how long the relationship should last.

All volunteers are given training, and a Criminal Records Bureau check is made. References are taken up before they are introduced to a client. Ongoing support is provided in the form of monthly support group meetings and from the Scheme Co-ordinator who is available out-of-hours.

In exchange for your time we offer:

  • All out of pocket expenses
  • Regular support
  • Free training
  • A rewarding experience 

Administration volunteers

We are always looking for enthusiastic and competent individuals to help with the administration of our organisation. Roles could include:

  • Answering the telephone
  • Entering data onto databases and spreadsheets
  • General office tasks

Fundraising volunteers

We have many roles available for volunteers to get involved in our expanding fundraising activities. Roles could include:

  • Helping to organise and run events
  • Collecting money
  • Handing out leaflets
  • Work on databases
  • Event promotion
  • Designing and managing your own event

Whatever role you choose, you’ll experience the rewarding  feeling of being able to do something for someone else, develop your current skills, learn new ones and meet new people.  You will also receive training and ongoing support


Volunteer comment:

‘My experience of volunteering at Mind has been a very positive step for me.  It has made me feel valued and appreciated.  I have made new friends, it has helped build my confidence and self-esteem’



Contact Us

Harrow Lodge House
Hornchurch Road
RM11 1JU

01708 457040

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