Volunteers are crucial to the work of Headway Birmingham & Solihull. There are many ways in which you can help us with your time and effort.

Our volunteers have to be at least 16 years of age, but come from a variety of backgrounds:

  • Young people wanting to get some work/care experience

  • Retired people wanting to have a new intrest / give something back

  • People who have lost jobs / got children who want to get back into the workplace

  • Somewhere to feel values and meet new people

  • Student placements

  • Research projects

Whatever your reason for volunteering we welcome your support.

Why volunteer?

Although Headway has many staff, we still rely a great deal on the kindness and support of our volunteers. Volunteers can be of help in many ways - from making the drinks, to providing the much needed 1 to 1 attention for clients, to helping out at our Charity shop.

You’ll be introduced to all kinds of people with a wide variety of backgrounds and stories to tell. You’ll discover new talents that you didn’t even know you had!

But best of all you’ll make new friends.

What can volunteering at Headway give you?
  • The opportunity to learn new skills and interests

  • Training and support

  • Satisfaction in knowing that you are helping improve the lives of others

  • Volunteer Handbook

  • BHSF  health scheme option

  • Volunteer AGM

  • Lunch & travel expenses

  • Headway Sweatshirt

  • New Friends

  • A better understanding of brain injury

All Volunteers will be supervised by staff. The Personnel department staff will maintain contact and support for the Volunteers and deal with any problems that may arise.

As you will be working with vulnerable adults, you must provide two references. We also send for DBS checks on all our volunteers.  We usually require a minimum commitment of at least one session, or half day per week, and three months of volunteering. We can be somewhat flexible on this following discussion.

So how can you help?

Whatever your skills, we have volunteering opportunities in many areas and can usally find something to suit you from working directly with the clients to mowing the lawn.  Every bit of help we receive is invaluable to us and can give you great satisfaction as well as the chance to learn new skills and make friends.

  • Volunteering in any of our services

  • Volunteering at the Charity Shop

  • Volunteering in a specific skill area

  • Volunteering on the Board of Trustee Directors

  • Volunteering in our offices

  • Volunteering to help maintain our buildings/gardens

  • Volunteering in our Fundraising department

If you are still not sure what you could offer, but are interested in volunteering, feel free to call us anyway.

All volunteer enquirers call Personnel department on 0121-457-7541 (Ext 5)

or email


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There are several opportunities for people to volunteer in this area. There are many support and training events at which we need help. We also need trainers, counsellors and therapists who can offer services voluntarily. Help at support groups and social events is also welcome.