Volunteering Opportunities

Join us to help end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders.

There are lots of exciting opportunities to volunteer at Beat, from digital volunteers on the frontline all the way through to office volunteers supporting our team behind the scenes.

By volunteering for Beat you can help us to end the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders, as well as gain some valuable experience in supporting an expanding eating disorders charity. Some roles are for people with lived experience of an eating disorder (whether having been ill themselves or having cared for a loved one) while anyone can apply to be a helpline or office volunteer - you just need to have time and a desire to help in whatever way you can.

Our volunteer roles include:

  • Helpline Volunteers
    • home based helpline support and advice to those who need it the most through our 1-1 webchat and email services, 
    • webchat, email and telephone support in the early evening from either of our offices in Farringdon (central London) and Warrington.
  • Echo Coaches: peer to peer telephone support for carers supporting a loved one through recovery
  • SharED Online Peer Support for Young People: offering peer support in Scotland via 1-3 emails per week
  • Ambassadors: people with lived experience of eating disorders who raise awareness of eating disorders in their local community
  • Media volunteers: people who share their personal stories with media outlets such as radio stations, television and newspaper
  • Information review volunteers: people with lived experience who provide feedback on draft health and social care information to ensure that what we publish is clear, informative, and appropriate for its audience
  • Office volunteers: a variety of opportunities to support our fundraising and campaigns work in our central Norwich or London offices

We recruit volunteers at different times of the year as vacancies arise and as demand for our services changes. See below of details of current opportunities.

We know that your time is valuable, so in return for you volunteering for Beat you will get:

  • Opportunities to learn new skills and gain valuable experience for your CV
  • A chance to be part of a community of nationwide volunteers helping Beat to reach their goal of ending the pain and suffering caused by eating disorders
  • Appropriate supervision and support from a designated Beat staff member

Recruitment and Applications

Beat is committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults. All volunteers will be required to complete the volunteer recruitment process, which includes submitting an application form, receipt of references, relevant induction training and undertaking a Self Declaration Statement and a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check where appropriate to the role.


Applications are subject to receipt of two satisfactory and appropriate references, and you will not be able to attend any Volunteer Training until both your references have been received.

Please provide details of two people whom we can contact for references including title, name, email, telephone number, address, capacity known, and length of time known.

  • Your Referees must have known you for at least one year
  • Referees cannot be relatives or partners/spouses
  • One referee must be able to offer a reference in a professional capacity, for example, employer, tutor, medical practitioner
  • Referees will be asked to confirm that you meet any specific criteria for the role

If you have any questions about who may act as a Referee for you, please contact the Volunteering Co-ordinator on: volunteer@beateatingdisorders.org.uk.

Echo Coach Volunteer

Provide telephone support to carers supporting someone through recovery.