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Volunteer

Volunteer

How can I volunteer for CALM?

Volunteers are essential to CALM’s success – spreading the word, starting conversations and taking CALM to places we otherwise couldn’t reach. CALM volunteers get up to all sorts, including:

  • Cheering on runners at marathons and races
  • Representing CALM at events like gigs, sports matches, plays, festivals and open days
  • Helping out with essential office admin at CALM HQ

The Volunteer Programme is focused on raising awareness of CALM and supporting CALM HQ. Our life-saving phoneline and webchat services are run by highly trained, paid professionals who provide direct support to those who need it most. We’re unfortunately unable to provide volunteer placements in any kind of mental health support roles.

 

What will I get out of volunteering?

As a volunteer, you’ll be supporting CALM to tackle suicide and campaign for long-term culture change. Beyond making a positive impact, there’s plenty you’ll get out of volunteering for CALM, such as:

  • In-depth induction for Street Team volunteers
  • Support from the CALM team
  • Opportunities to develop your own skills – including interpersonal skills, confidence, initiative and empathy
  • Experience working with a rapidly-growing charity running world-changing campaigns

Street Team

CALM’s Street Team gets out and about to raise awareness of CALM, our services and the issue of suicide. Opportunities are varied depending on your availability and interests, but you can expect to be talking to people about CALM at different kinds of events. Before joining the Street Team, volunteers have an induction session to get skilled up and confident discussing CALM. Whilst we’re working on expanding across the UK, most Street Team volunteering currently takes place in London.

Office Volunteering

If you have spare time during the working day, you can help out at CALM’s HQ in London’s Waterloo. Helping out in the office is a great way to see how a growing charity is run, and the vital work that goes on behind the scenes. You’ll be getting stuck in with all kinds of admin tasks such as data entry and desk-based research. You don’t need to be inducted to help in the office, so it’s a great way to start getting involved.

Most Volunteers come in to the office on an ad hoc basis. We do sometimes have people in for longer periods of time for specific pieces of work, which are advertised on a case by case basis. We are not able to provide work experience, clinical placements or any mental health support roles.

Skills Bank

From photographers and filmmakers to researchers and data analysts, we are immensely lucky to benefit from the time and expertise of supporters who give their skills in support of CALM. There are many skills you can offer in support of CALM – just remember to include examples of your work or any relevant qualifications when you get in touch.

In your workplace

Many companies get involved in CALM volunteering through the workplace, with great benefits for employees such as team building and the chance to develop skills. Volunteering is just one of the ways your workplace can support CALM – find out more here.

Getting started

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Please note, you must be at least 18 to volunteer for CALM

 
What type of volunteering do you want to do?
CALM's Street Team gets out and about to raise awareness of CALM, our services and the issue of male suicide. You'll need to be able to travel to central London for an induction session at our London office before you can join the Street Team. The vast majority of the Street Team opportunities are currently in London. 
If you're free  Monday-Friday, 09:30-17:30, you can help out at CALM's HQ in London's Waterloo, with fulfilling orders and other admin as well as research and longer term projects. You don’t need to have an induction so it's a great way to start getting involved.
If you have a specific skill you'd like to offer CALM, let us know what you can do.



What you can get involved with depends on your availability:
Mon-Fri daytimes - Office, Street Team and/or Skills Bank
Mon-Fri evenings - Street Team and/or Skills Bank
Weekend daytimes - Street Team and/or Skills Bank
Weekend evenings - Street Team and/or Skills Bank
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