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How you can support our work

Doing good does you good. Evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for our own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health. (Mental Health Foundation, 2018)

Our volunteers support us in many different ways, all making a difference to the lives of older people.

Volunteering in a care home

MHA offers residential, nursing and specialist dementia care within our care homes, which are situated throughout the country. Our volunteers contribute to enriching the lives of residents.

There are opportunities to support and befriend residents, assist with a range of activities or provide practical help through driving or gardening. Currently, there are over 1,200 volunteers involved in our care homes.

Volunteers can also support the work of our Chaplaincy service, which offers support and spiritual guidance to people of all faiths and also to people without a particular faith.

Volunteering in the community

In our community-based Live at Home schemes, over 2,600 volunteers help us to provide services to older people, promoting independence and offering different social opportunities such as lunch clubs, befriending, exercise groups and coffee mornings.

The range of services offered varies locally depending on the needs of the community. Community drivers and befrienders are also essential. Many people also support us by being part of a local committee helping the scheme to run smoothly. 

Volunteering for a better you

Not only does volunteering support others - but it can improve your health, wellbeing, skills and experiences too. By volunteering with MHA you will:

  • Experience rewarding opportunities to improve the lives of others
  • Gain social interaction with other like-minded individuals
  • Feel a sense of belonging by being part of a close-knit community
  • Receive an excellent introduction, training and personal development opportunities
  • Expand your skills and enhance your CV.

Read first-hand what it's like to volunteer in an MHA care home and Live at Home scheme on our Volunteer Stories page.

Become an MHA volunteer

To learn more about our volunteering opportunities in your local area that suit your interests and availability, please complete the expressions of interest form below:


 Administrative
 Coffee mornings
 Digital and social media
 Fundraising
 Gardening
 Lunch clubs
 Social activities
 Support groups
 Transport
 Visiting and befriending
 Happy to try anything
 Other

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