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Volunteering with SANE



What’s involved?

Volunteers are at the heart of SANE's services and without your time, energy and enthusiasm, we wouldn't be able to continue the vital work that we do. You don't have to be a mental health expert to volunteer with us, just compassionate, empathic and have an interest in mental health.

SANE services rely on volunteers to provide frontline support on the phone and by text. Both are based in our London office;

  • On SANEline our helpline volunteers offer emotional support and information every evening from 6 to 11pm.
  • On Textcare our volunteers respond to requests by sending texts offering comfort and care.

Full training is provided so if you’ve got a lot or little experience we’ll train and support you throughout your time with us.

Role description - PDF

Whatever your interests, experience or skills, you could help make a real difference to the lives of people affected by mental illness.

“In my career I’ve needed to work with facts and data and so volunteering with SANE over the last three years has been an interesting and eye-opening transition, as being able to offer emotional support to service users has required that I really connect on an emotional level.” John

Benefits of volunteering

You can gain so much when you volunteer with us. Not only will you be doing something really worthwhile, you'll also meet new people and gain valuable experience.  “One of the best things about volunteering with SANE is the focus on the support and development of the volunteers, and the recognition that they are one of the most important parts of what the charity tries to do.” Mike

“When I retired from my work in education, I was eager to find some voluntary work that gave me a new challenge.” Anthea

Feeling inspired?

If you'd like to volunteer with us, the first step is attending one of our open evenings where you can meet the SANE Services team and find out more about our work. To find out when the next open evening is, call 0203 805 1790 or email We look forward to hearing from you!