Here, mind member Matt shares his experience of volunteering for the fundraising team at Mind.
It’s been two months since I started my role as a Community Fundraising Volunteer at Mind and it has flown buy. After working at Yell back home in Reading since I left university last year I wanted to do something else. So,
I followed my passion of working in mental health.
For the past six months I have been volunteering for a local charity in Berkshire called Sport in Mind which helps anyone suffering from mental health problems by promoting metal well-being through playing sport. As a keen footballer myself this was a charity I could really engage with.
I have really enjoyed my time volunteering there.
I then saw the opportunity of becoming a Community Fundraising Volunteer appear on the Mind website and decided to go for it. Mind is a charity that is very close to my heart and to have the chance to work here in some capacity has been a fantastic experience. As the only boy on the Community Fundraising team I have been warmly welcomed by all the girls. I must give a shout out to Vicky and Maria in particular whose fantastic tea making skills have helped me settle even more.
What I’ve enjoyed most about my time here is the chance to connect with the many supporters that we have.
As a registered Mind member myself it has been great to speak to so many like-minded and enthusiastic people.
Especially people who also want to do something positive for mental health. It was also a fantastic experience to attend the London Marathon recently and support all the amazing people raising loads of money for Mind and to chat to different supporters.
I would definitely recommend anyone interested in volunteering to choose Mind particularly if they are interested in pursuing a career in mental health. I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far and have really felt like everyone wants me to enjoy the experience and gain as much as I can from it. Hopefully I will still be at Mind for a long time to come yet!
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