Whatever opportunity you’re interested in, working at OTR is a hugely rewarding experience, and we invest heavily in the progression of all our staff and volunteers.

All appointments at OTR are made subject to a DBS check.

Please note that a condition of any job offer or placement here at OTR is a willingness to work with difference. Whatever your role or professional background, you will be expected to work across different categories of ethnicity, race, social class, disability, faith, gender and sexual diversity. You will also need to be willing to work across our entire age range – from 11-25 and to engage with the full diversity of issues that young people can and do bring to OTR.

We take this bit seriously, so our promise to you is that we will encourage, support and develop your capability in working trans-culturally and with difference while you are with us.


Nature Works volunteers

Deadline: 31 March 2019

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IAPT High Intensity Practitioner

Deadline: 11 April 2019

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Youth Mental Health Practitioner (Maternity cover)

Deadline: 18 April 2019

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Peer Navigators

Peer Navigators are an integral part of the OTR Hub and are often the first point of contact for young people reaching out for support. They have strength-based conversations with young people, supporting them to make informed choices, access and build on their resources; developing self-care plans and steps forward in making decision about how they plan to care for their own mental health.

The role is designed to be a six month programme that springboards people aged 18-29 who are looking to get into the field of mental health and wellbeing.

The Peer Navigator induction will start with a three-day mental health bootcamp that will equip you to start your volunteering role, covering OTR’s values and practice, having strengths-based conversations and a youth mental health first aid session.

At OTR, you will be volunteering alongside a team of academics, team leaders and mental health professionals with a range of expertise and experience from across the broad spectrum of adolescent mental health services. This volunteering programme will give you a mix of high quality teaching, with a strong work-based learning element, that will aim to equip you with a basic understanding of the subject and help you develop new insights whilst linking them to practice through your volunteering.

If you wish to explore the idea or are wanting to take the first steps towards working in children’s services and support children, adolescents and their families who are experiencing mental health problems (or who are at risk of disadvantage through poor mental health), then this innovative training is for you.

What we ask from you:

  • 4 hours (min) of volunteering at one of our Hubs
  • Attend the Mental Health Bootcamp
  • Attending monthly supervision group
  • Attending one training day per month (optional)
  • Be part of the OTR Membership Team
  • To commit to the six months training programme

Here are some of our Peer Navs explaining what they love about the role:

Click here to apply to become a Peer Navigator!

You can submit an application at any time of the year, but please be aware that the next time we’ll be reviewing these applications for the next round of Peer Navigators is February 2019.


We offer voluntary opportunities for both qualified and student practitioners to offer 1:1 work with young people. You can expect to play a full part in the OTR experience for young people so you will need to be able to commit to at least five hours per week.

Please note, this is a competitive process and you will at least need to be in the third/final year of a recognised professional qualification. Experience working directly with young people in a related capacity is also an advantage. We provide regular in-house multi-disciplinary group supervision as well as training and expenses.

We also accommodate other placement roles, including Health and Social Care students, Psychology students and Youth Workers. Please let us what you are studying, the hours per week you need to volunteer for your placement, and any other requirements. 

Here at OTR we really do embrace diversity, so we’re less interested in your theoretical orientation than your ability to build relationships with young people. All our volunteers work within our city centre service, which runs six days a week and offers brief interventions.

You can apply at any time, just drop us a line at with a note on your background, availability, and attach your CV. Once we receive your application we’ll be in touch when vacancies arise that match your availability to arrange an interview with one of the team.


We’re fortunate to receive a high volume of volunteering offers at OTR Bristol and we’re really grateful for the interest. We’d be really interested to hear about volunteering offers at

Tell us as much about yourself as possible, so when roles arise we can match them to your skills, experience and availability. A good place to start is our What We Do page!

If you’re aged 13-21 and want to get involved with OTR, then Mentality may be a good place to start.

If you want to do something to support OTR (such as volunteering specific skills or projects), check out the ways you can do so on the Support Us page.

Unfortunately, we can’t reply to each and every message we receive, however we do read them and make a note of your offer and the area of the organisation you’re interested in. If and when a suitable opportunity arises at OTR, we will be in touch.

Work experience

At the moment, we do not have the resource to take on work experience placements. We do however recognise the value of work experience and would encourage anyone interested in OTR to look at our volunteering and Peer Navigator opportunities as an exciting addition to a CV.