Help us to support even more of those that need help through this difficult time.
It feels incredibly important and… rewarding. Knowing that I can and have made even a small difference in the life of someone who is living through an incredibly difficult time is really fulfilling.
More people than ever before have accessed support through our services. During the first few months of the Covid-19 pandemic, we saw a 95% increase in people accessing support. We still have a high demand for our services and it is thanks to our amazing volunteer team that we have been able to provide the support people need.
I found it very beneficial for motivation and navigating my way through recovery
Offering peer support via regular emails
Home-based Helpline support and advice to those who need it the most through our one-to-one webchat, telephone and email services
There are many ways you can join us in our vital work. Some volunteer roles require people with lived experience of an eating disorder (whether having been ill themselves or having cared for a loved one) but this is not necessary for all roles. The majority of our volunteer roles can be done completely remotely so you can make a huge difference from the comfort of your own home.
Beat is such a supportive charity to work with, I feel that I have been given so many amazing opportunities and I love how valued lived experience is.
Explore our volunteer options and see if there are any which suit you
Complete the application form and we'll be in touch
If you are accepted for a volunteer role, you will receive training to ensure you know everything you need to know
Our team will be able to provide ongoing support, advice and training as you deliver the duties of the role
As a volunteer for SharED, I am incredibly proud of being able to support someone and help them see that recovery is possible; to give them hope.
Opportunities to learn new skills and gain valuable experience
A chance to be part of a community of nationwide volunteers helping us in our mission to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders
Appropriate supervision and support from a designated Beat staff member
Arguably the most organised and well run organisation I have ever volunteered with. So many opportunities to get support, to gain more experience and to develop.
Several of our volunteers have continued to work to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders in other ways since joining us.
Some who began in a volunteer role have gone on to join our staff team or have taken up jobs in the NHS or other organisations.
Volunteering at Beat can be a great opportunity to give you the skills and experiences for your life and career whilst making a difference in the lives of others.
An example of this is a Digital Helpline Volunteer who went on to join our staff team, firstly as a Helpline Advisor, before progressing into our Senior Helpline Advisor role and now working as one of our Programme Officers.
"I volunteered for Beat for just over a year and then I took on a paid role as a Helpline Advisor at Beat. A lot of the skills and eating disorder knowledge was transferrable. It also helped me understand the more common difficulties and experiences that people might look to us for support with."
The reason they gave for why you should consider volunteering with us is simple: "to help people", adding "it truly is a privilege that people are open with us, and it teaches you to appreciate that we all have the power to make a difference to someone else's life".
I've loved volunteering with Beat and the experience it's given me has helped contribute to me getting my dream job.
Thank you so much for one of the best sessions of my university education! I really appreciate you sharing your story and increasing awareness of what we can do as medical professionals to help support people with eating disorders.
Several times a year we run an online information session where you can meet our volunteer coordinators and find out more about our volunteering opportunities.
The dates for our upcoming Volunteer Information Evenings are:
18th October 2023, 6:30-7:30pm
16th January 2024, 6:30-7:30pm
Use the link below to sign up for one of these events.
This will take place online, via the Teams platform and a link will be sent out a week before the event to those who have signed up.
The information evening will be a chance for the volunteer team to talk to you about our volunteering opportunities.
We'll share information on each type of role, what it involves, the requirements and the recruitment process. We'll also share some information on the impact our volunteers have to those we support and there will be the opportunity to ask questions.
We'll discuss next steps during the information evening for if you'd like to apply for a role. But you can also apply for available volunteer roles any time via our website.
The time it takes to go through the recruitment process will differ dependent on the role you’re applying for and more information will be shared on this in the information evening.
Absolutely you can - and you're in the right place! Have a read through the other information in this section of our website.
Yes! There will be the opportunity to ask questions at the Information Evening.
You can also email our team any time with questions at email@example.com. You should find lots of helpful information on these volunteer pages on our website too.
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