Volunteering can be a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience.

Many dedicated volunteers throughout the country make a vital contribution to the success of many of our services. Volunteers enable us to offer more to people who require mental health support, including art and music sessions, activities and outings for adults, and confidence-building social activities for young people.

We’re always keen to hear from people who would like to volunteer with Penumbra. All volunteers will develop a Volunteer Agreement and we will provide you with information, training and assistance so that you can make the most of your time with us. John, a former volunteer in Edinburgh, outlines what he learnt through volunteering:

“Volunteering has been a valuable experience for me over the course of the past year, and I have gained from the opportunity both professionally and personally. I enjoyed the company of the guests, and found it a refreshing experience to learn about the different ways in which people think and perceive the world. I found that guests were always very appreciative of volunteers and seemed to benefit from the opportunity to mix with a range of different people.”


Unfortunately not all Penumbra services can accommodate volunteers. The following services are currently able to accept volunteers – Fife Self Harm and the Western Isles Nova Project.

To find out more about the services where you can volunteer, please click on the links above or contact the services directly.

To apply, please download a PDF/Word application form below, or apply online by clicking Apply Now.

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For more information on volunteering with Penumbra, contact your local office or email enquiries@penumbra.org.uk.