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“I have been volunteering with Improving Lives for over six months now, and I am proud to be part of such a hard-working team that offers much-needed individual services for people with mental health problems in Nottingham.”

Without our volunteers, Improving Lives would simply not be able to provide the wide range of support services we’re able to offer. They make the service what it is and therefore we are always on the lookout for even more enthusiastic, dedicated individuals to join us! So if you have a spare hour a week and are passionate about supporting others, we would love to hear from you!

What’s in it for you?

  • All our volunteers receive training sessions and professional supervision from the volunteer coordinator
  • All expenses are paid for
  • The ability to add volunteering to your CV
  • It will provide you with a real feel-good factor, knowing you’ve been able to help someone in need

As a current PhD student in the area of mental health and wellbeing, I work with fantastic researchers in Nottingham’s Institute of Mental Health, the UK’s central location for research in this area. However, with so much time spent in front of a computer, I wanted to work with people in the community, who may be living alone with stigma, oppression and loneliness – which, unfortunately, comes hand-in-hand with a label of ‘mental illness’.
During the time spent with Integritas, I have learned a lot about how the volunteer sector works in the community – the challenges and the rewards. I’ve also learned a lot about myself, and what I thought I knew about charity work and the people who rely on these services. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of spending time with someone who may just want a chat. You get to know people, their likes and dislikes, and whether they’re having a bad day or a good day. The staff at Integritas offer holistic support for both volunteers and service-users at each step, meaning no one is left alone.
I would urge more people to come forward to volunteer, to get some experience, have fun and bring the people of Nottingham closer together for a more supportive, integrative community.

Unfortunately we do not have any befriending roles available at the moment. Please keep an eye on this section of our website for new volunteer roles and opportunities as they arise.


It is pretty difficult to get across in words quite how different experiences of the mental health system are as a service user versus as a professional. So we must always always ask those whose views matter most esp those whose opinions challenge us and make us uncomfortable.

Myth #4... there’s no free food provision for the homeless in Nottingham. The photos below speak for themselves. No one ever needs to go hungry in this City.

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