Shropshire Mind has been part of our community for more than 40 years and in that time has provided support and been the voice for thousands of people with mental health issues.
Volunteers have been indispensable in meeting our charity’s goals and continue to play a huge part in meeting the needs of vulnerable people across the county. Volunteers can contribute in many different ways, from working with a team supporting groups and activities, to running events, helping with publicity and fundraising, or assisting with administrative activities in our Shrewsbury office.
Here in Shrewsbury and at Observer House we have approximately 40 volunteers, we also have a further twenty or so volunteers who run our weekly groups around the county. All of our volunteers are very valued and highly committed people from all walks of life. We have ex mental health nurses, teachers, care workers and other professionals as well as students who all give their time each week to ensure that Shropshire Mind continues to provide the valuable support that it does to the people of Shropshire.
Shropshire Mind’s daily ‘drop in’ service and all the groups that we provide at Observer House, as well as the coffee shop in the Redwoods Centre and our weekly groups around the county are all facilitated by volunteers, they are the lifeblood of the organisation.
In July 2018 Shropshire Mind was awarded the Investing in Volunteers award which is valid until 2021. Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. Achieving the standard was very important to us as it shows our volunteers – and potential volunteers – how much they are valued and it gives them confidence in our ability to provide an outstanding volunteer experience.