Volunteering at TALKWORKS

Learn more about how to become at TALKWORKS volunteer

Have you previously used TALKWORKS, or do you know someone who has? Would you like to have a voice in the development of our service and contribute towards the work of the NHS?

We have recently introduced a volunteering programme to complement the work of our staff, and help improve patient experience.

Why volunteer for TALKWORKS?

  • To learn new skills and try something different
  • To feel more confident and make new friends
  • To make a difference to the lives of adults in our local community
  • To gain work experience in a mental health environment

Learn more


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What do our volunteers do?

Volunteers at TALKWORKS will be able to get involved with a wide range of tasks including (but not limited to):

  • Providing feedback on marketing materials and offering suggestions for service development
  • Attending local events and assisting TALKWORKS staff
  • Support with role-play scenarios for our high-intensity clinicians
  • Helping out with inductions for new starters
  • Talking about the work of TALKWORKS to members of the local community 
  • Supporting our patients by going into the community with them and assisting them on tasks that they may feel difficult to do on their own

We'll ask for 1-2 hours a week of your time to help make a difference to our service. You'll be offered full training and reimbursed for any expenses occured as part of your role.

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Volunteer Archie shares his story

Archie reflects on how much TALKWORKS has made a difference to his life. We would like to thank him for sharing his experience about volunteering with us and for his involvement in creating the TALKWORKS volunteer training programme.

Read Archie's story



How do I become a volunteer?

If you are interested in becoming a TALKWORKS volunteer, you can do so by visiting NHS Volunteering in Devon (dpt.nhs.uk) and downloading the application form or alternatively email dpn-tr.DPTVolunteers@nhs.net.

If you have any other questions about volunteering, please read the frequently asked questions page on the Devon Partnership NHS Trust website, or contact the 'Practice Education' team:

About TALKWORKS AND Devon Partnership NHS Trust

TALKWORKS is Devon’s NHS Talking Therapies service, which sits as part of Devon Partnership NHS Trust (DPT). Our aim is to support adults (age 18+) across Devon who are struggling with a common mental health problem. This includes low mood, stress, worry, anxiety, sleep difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is an NHS organisation that supports people with mental health and learning disability needs across Devon and Torbay (excluding Plymouth). Our Trust is passionate about promoting good mental health and wellbeing and challenging discrimination and stigma which people with mental health issues often face.

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Get Help

Call us on 0300 555 3344

Here at TALKWORKS, we’re here to help you feel better about life, and to help you feel like yourself again. Whether you’re dealing with an overwhelming life event, having sleepless nights or struggling with anxiety, we are here to help. You can self-refer to our service and a member of our team will then be in touch to arrange an initial appointment. TALKWORKS is not able to provide a crisis response service. If you need help urgently, you can access emergency mental health support information on our website.