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Thank you for your interest in joining The Retreat as a volunteer. We are pleased to be able to offer various volunteer opportunities across our organisation, and all roles are advertised on our current vacancies page. Please note that we can only accept applications for advertised volunteer roles, and not speculative enquiries.

For further information about volunteering at The Retreat, please read our volunteers handbook.


"One of my reasons for volunteering was to see whether I would like to work in the mental health field again, in a paid capacity, not having been involved in it for ten years or so.  The answer proved to be "yes", and I was recently accepted on The Retreat's bank and have worked a few shifts on the units at the main site.  This has curtailed my volunteering somewhat, but I hope to be able to continue driving the minibus as a volunteer." - Volunteer

"If you have an interest in mental health and working with people then The Retreat offers the perfect experience for individuals willing to offer their time. As a volunteer at The Retreat, I helped out on different units specialising in different types of mental illnesses and spent time with patients in groups and on a one-to-one basis. Even the most basic of activities, such as talking and playing games proved to be rewarding and sparked my desire to explore a professional career in mental health." - Volunteer

"I began volunteering at The Retreat, York in January 2011. Since then I volunteered once a week on Allis Unit. However this was only during university term time as I had to return home during the holidays. I can honestly say that I have thoroughly enjoyed it. There are a variety of characters on the unit and I have got on with them all very well. The staff on the unit welcomed me as part of the team and tried to get me involved with the patients as much as they could. I enjoyed spending time with the patients and accompanying them on a few trips.

My time at The Retreat has given me the vital experience I need in order to pursue a career in the field of mental health, and I am very grateful for this opportunity."- Volunteer