Anxiety UK actively promotes the inclusion of volunteers in all aspects of its work and recognises the vital role that volunteers contribute to the organisation.
There are currently over 500 volunteers throughout the UK carrying out roles for Anxiety UK in a wide range of capacities: counsellors, clinical hypnotherapists, infoline volunteers, self-help group facilitators, office administrators, technical support, PR and media volunteers, cognitive behavioural therapists, management committee members/trustees, community befrienders, specialist phone-in helpline volunteers, finance assistants and many more.
Supporting those with personal experience of anxiety disorders
Because Anxiety UK is a user-led organisation, we actively seek to recruit those with direct experience of anxiety disorders and recognise the invaluable role such volunteers play in being able to relate to and support others in similar predicaments.
We acknowledge that for many people living with anxiety or anxiety based depression, deciding to do voluntary work can often be a very big step and there can be many barriers that prevent people from taking up voluntary work.
Anxiety UK has a policy of ensuring that volunteering opportunities are tailor-made to suit the needs of each individual. If, for example, you have agoraphobia and are unable to travel to our offices, we can find alternative ways of ensuring you can contribute to our work and still be an active volunteer and member of the team. In addition, Anxiety UK’s office in Manchester has a warm, supportive environment and is entirely staffed by those with personal experience of anxiety and acts as informal transitional employment for those whose long-term goal is to get back into employment.
There are a number of ways you can volunteer your time with Anxiety UK. If you are based in or within travelling distance to Manchester, here are just some of the opportunities we have:
- Infoline volunteer (Infoline Volunteer Role Description)
- Anxious Times mail-out volunteer (usually the first week of March, June, September & December)
- Volunteer Administrator (Volunteer Role Description – Administrator)
- Media/PR volunteer (currently no opportunities in this area)
Please Note: Due to the volume of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted.
If you are not local to our offices in Manchester, there are other ways you can give your time, including:
- Contributing to and reviewing our Anxious Times magazine
- Providing a specialist helpline based on your own experience of anxiety
- Becoming an Anxiety UK therapist (click here for more information)
- Raising awareness in your local community by distributing leaflets and/or posters in community centre’s, GP surgeries, churches, etc.
How to apply to volunteer
Please be aware that our infoline service runs on Monday-Friday between the hours of 9.30am-5.30pm. You would need to be available within these hours in order to volunteer on our infoline.