Become a volunteer

Volunteers play a vital role in all aspects of our organisation. Because Anxiety UK is a user-led organisation, we actively recruit people with a personal experience of anxiety, who play an important role as they can relate to and support others facing similar issues

We currently have over 800 volunteers throughout the UK in a variety of roles, from counsellors, clinical hypnotherapists and cognitive behavioural therapists to helpline volunteers and participation group members.

Supporting people with anxiety

We know that if you’ve been living with anxiety or anxiety-based depression, voluntary work can be a very big step and there are many barriers that might deter you from volunteering. However, our Manchester office has a warm, supportive environment and is entirely staffed by people with personal experience of anxiety. It can provide you with informal, transitional work if your long-term goal is to get back into employment.

“The best thing about volunteering is when you
connect with people and know that you are
making a difference”

Volunteering Opportunities

There are a number of ways in which you can volunteer:

• You can volunteer on our Helpline service which is currently running remotely allowing you to volunteer from home (click here for more information). Please note that you will need to be available for at least four hours a week during our Helpline’s working hours (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-5.30pm).

There are other ways in which you can volunteer, including:

  • Contributing to our blog or reviewing our Anxious Times magazine
  • Registering your interest in external volunteering opportunities via the Anxiety UK Participation Group (click here for more information)
  • Becoming an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist (click here for more information)
  • Raising awareness in your local community by distributing leaflets and/or posters in community centres, GP surgeries, churches, etc.

Please note: To register as a volunteer with Anxiety UK, you must have a valid DBS certificate (enhanced version) that is less than three years old
and is renewed every three years. To download our Disclosure and Recruitment of Ex-offenders policies, please click here.

Help others by providing advice and support to those in need.