Volunteering With BIG

Want to volunteer here at BIG? 
Check out the opportunities below, then fill out the volunteer application.

We have over 30 volunteers who carry out various roles at our groups, our events in the community and also helping in our office. We are very fortunate to have a team of caring, dedicated people who have a wide range of skills and experience. Our volunteers are passionate about what they do and work diligently to ensure we continue to provide the best possible service for people in our local community.  

Current Volunteer Opportunities

All volunteer opportunities will be advertised here.

Social media

We need a volunteer who can commit to managing our Facebook page and Twitter account. You need to be experienced in the use of social media and have good literacy skills.

Guest speakers

We are looking for professionals (e.g. psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists) who can cascade knowledge / facilitate discussions on topics relating to mental health at our Tuesday evening Recovery Group, 6.15 pm until 8.15 pm. You may wish to commit to just one session per year or several sessions. 

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, download an application form below.

Please send your completed application form to our Volunteer Coordinator :

Postal address: BIG in Mental Health, Unit 54, Bury Business Centre, Kay Street, Bury, BL9 6BU

E-mail address: volunteercoordinator@buryinvolvementgroup.org

Statements

This is what some of our volunteers have said: 

Karen V: “Joining BIG as a volunteer helped me to get back my confidence. I was at a low point in my life and feeling isolated after I was made redundant. Connecting with others not only made me feel accepted and valued, but sharing my skills and experience as an arts practitioner helped me feel less alone. Now I feel that I am part of an even greater and very creative wider community which continues to both inspire and motivate me”. 

Emma E: “I was studying a psychology degree at university and was looking for a volunteer position. I looked online and BIG stood out due to the values and ethos it promotes. Volunteering has enhanced me as a person. Highlights of volunteering with BIG include: being involved in people’s recovery; being a listening ear at their time of need; the great people I have met and the laughs along the way (which have been many). There are people within society who have a distorted view of mental health; it is important to me to break the stigma that individuals face within society. By volunteering with BIG I can challenge attitudes, and in turn, change lives. I have learnt by volunteering that without BIG, service users would be very lonely and isolated. Although it is a small amount of time out of my life, volunteering makes a huge difference to other lives. Volunteering at BIG will enhance your knowledge, views and future opportunities. You will be known and seen as a valuable member of the team. BIG is an amazing charity that has changed service users’ lives as well as enriching mine. 

Karen H: “I was recommended to attend BIG by my psychiatrist Dr Sadiq and eventually after attending for some time I decided to try volunteering. Through volunteering I have gained listening skills, patience and learning not to judge people. Highlights of volunteering with BIG include watching people come out of themselves and seeing that they feel they are being heard. Volunteering helps me feel useful and needed. BIG is a really good organisation with kind and generous hearted people”.