Volunteers are a vital part of the movement. By volunteering you will be directly challenging stigma and discrimination.
At the heart of See Me we support a growing group of volunteers with lived experience of mental health problems, who are taking action to change behaviours across Scotland.
Volunteers are a vital part of our movement for change.
Their knowledge and passion, together with the strength of the wider social movement will help deliver the change we want to see, so whenever any of us experiences tough times with our mental health, we can be confident that recovery is possible and we can live happy and fulfilled lives.
Our volunteers all have lived experience of mental health and are passionate about making a difference in their communities.
We’re delighted to announce we are recruiting for new volunteers. Volunteers who have experience with mental health problems are at the heart of our work and are involved in every aspect of what we do.
If you have experience of a mental health problem and would like to make a real change to people’s lives by tackling mental health stigma and discrimination, we’d love to hear from you.
Current See Me volunteers have created some short films to give you a little bit more information about what it’s like to volunteer with See Me. You can view these on YouTube, or check out Kirsty’s story below.
Online information sessions
In October, we’ll be holding two online Information Days for anyone who would like to find out more about becoming a See Me volunteer.
This is a two-hour long session, hosted on Zoom with good comfort breaks. There will be a chance to meet and hear from See Me staff and current volunteers, to find out the kind of activities you can expect to get involved in and ask any questions you may have.
The sessions will take place on:
- Thursday 7 October, from 2pm - 4pm
- Tuesday 19 October, from 6pm - 8pm
How to apply
If you’d like to become one of our new volunteers, all you need to do is fill in an application form. You can do this in one of two ways:
- Fill in our online form
- Or download a Word document version – once completed, please email this to firstname.lastname@example.org
When you come to applying please take time to read the role description and complete the application form as fully as you can. If writing an application is not the right thing for you, please feel free to film yourself instead.
We really want to hear about why you want to volunteer and if there are things you are particularly interested in – this could be a specific area of See Me (workplaces, education and youth work settings, health and social care settings, communities) and also any activities you think sound interesting, whether that’s running events, helping to design resources, or encouraging others in your local community to take action.
We would like our volunteers to represent as many different communities and experiences as possible – and you don’t need to tell us anything about your own mental health unless you choose to.
The deadline for applications is Friday 29 October at 5pm.
Interviews will take place on 3, 10 and 17 November.
Our new volunteer induction day will take place on Monday 6 December.
We may not be able to accept every applicant at this time. We are limited by the number of volunteers we can support to join See Me at any particular time.
If you are not successful on this occasion, we will be in touch to suggest some alternative next steps.
As a See Me volunteer, you’ll have opportunities to support our work, and tackle mental health stigma and discrimination, in a range of different ways. You can find out more about some of the roles and activities of our volunteers below.
Community Champions are trained leaders and activists who will play a lead role in stopping mental health stigma and discrimination in their local communities.
Our media volunteers speak to journalists about their experiences of mental health stigma and discrimination. This can be on television, radio or newspapers.
Speakers give talks to various audiences about their experiences of mental health stigma and discrimination.
Young people aged between 16-25 from across Scotland form our cohort of Young Champions who play a major role in developing and delivering See Me’s Children and Young People’s programme.
Social Media Volunteers
Social Media volunteers have the opportunity to work with us to generate our social media content for a day.
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