The volunteer programme within East London NHS Foundation Trust has been in existence since 2011 and is constantly increasing the range of volunteering roles within mental health and community health.

Volunteering is a great way to develop your skills and experience to support your career aspirations and to do something meaningful and interesting in your free time to help others.

Volunteer Roles

LONDON

Events Volunteers -  we are seeking to expand our team of events volunteers who help us at a range of different events, from conferences, training, social events, sport events.  Events volunteers can help with a range of tasks such as registrations, human signposting, roving microphones for large conferences, giving out information.  Would you be interested in helping at a range of events, not on a regular basis, but you can choose when and which events you would like to help at?

Several Volunteers for community Continence Unit (Eneberi Clinic)  - We are seeking several volunteers to cover various days during the week as Meet and Greet within our outpatients in Romford Road.  The department support adults, children and pregnant women with pelvic floor dysfunction.  The volunteers to cover the reception area and welcome, check in attendees and assisting patients when attending.  Currently flexible on days to choose.

One Inpatient Barber/Self-care Volunteer is needed in Hackney.  He or she will help to provide barbering services such as cutting, trimming and styling hair, trimming beards or giving shaves to service users.  Some previous barbering experience is essential.  Based in Hackney, 4 hours per week (preferably 2 hours on any week day and 2 hours on a Saturday or Sunday).

Volunteers are needed to help deliver a seasonal gardening / horticultural project in Newham Centre for Mental Health. Volunteers will work with staff and service users on the gardening project, and will support the facilitator in ensuring that group members have the opportunity to take part in all identified activities to create shared ownership. Volunteers must have a knowledge and interest in food growing and gardening, as well as a non-judgmental and patient attitude and an easy going personality. It would be a bonus if volunteers could bring their own Wellington boots. Based at Newham Centre for Mental Health, Thursdays 1.30 – 5 pm.

An opportunity has arisen for a young volunteer (aged 16+) to support SHINE with their social media feeds. SHINE is a Sexual Health Services Clinic in Forest Gate, and they work with young people to provide sexual health information and advice. They are looking for a volunteer to help with updating SHINE Facebook and Twitter pages, supporting the design, development and creation of a Newsletter, encouraging service users’ engagement online and contribute to SHINE newsfeeds. If you are passionate about working with young people, creative and confident with using social media and can spare 10 hours per week (days and times to be negotiated), this might be the opportunity for you!

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LUTON AND BEDFORDSHIRE

A Volunteer Driver is required based at Bedford Older People's Inpatient Services (Fountains Court).  The volunteer would be provided with a vehicle to use while assisting and will take patients to different appointments, take on trips out and run errands within the department.  2-3 afternoons would be preferred but the role could be split between 2-3 volunteers each doing a shift.  Clean driving licence is essential and inbetween trips volunteer will have opportunity to sit and chat with patients.  Good communication skils would be required.

Several Volunteer Befrienders are needed in Bedford, to accompany adults with mental health difficulties going out into social settings that could include practicing sports, going shopping, or attending social venues to enhance their confidence and self-esteem and aim towards recovery and independence from mental health services.
Volunteers will be supporting the work of the Day Resource Centre in Bedford Health Village, and volunteering activities will take place in the local community. The DRC is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, and volunteering is to take place within these times.

Several Volunteers are needed to Support Older Adults with dementia (mainly ward based). Volunteers will provide company and companionship to service users, by engaging in conversation, playing board games and taking them for short walks to local amenities and facilities. Volunteers must have an interest in working with older people’s services, a compassionate, patient and non-judgmental attitude and the ability to work with service users who might present challenging behaviour. Knowledge and / or experience of working with people affected by dementia are desirable but not a requirement. Based in Houghton Regis (Bedfordshire). 6 to 8 hours a week. Weekends and evenings preferred, but days and times are negotiable.

Several Volunteers are needed to Support Older Adults with mental health difficulties (mainly ward based). Volunteers will provide company and companionship to service users, by engaging in conversation, playing board games and taking them for short walks to local amenities and facilities. Volunteers must have an interest in working with older people’s services, a compassionate, patient and non-judgmental attitude and the ability to work with service users who might present challenging behaviour. Based in Houghton Regis (Bedfordshire). 6 to 8 hours a week. Weekends and evenings preferred, but days and times are negotiable.

Several Volunteer Café Assistants are needed at the Day Resource Centre in Bedford. Volunteers for this role will have a lived experience of mental health difficulties, and will be interested in developing their skills in food preparation and customer service. Previous experience in the catering field is not essential, but volunteers must be willing to work as part of a small team and learn new skills. Three hours a week minimum, up to two full days a week (five hours per day); days are negotiable. Based in the Day Resource Centre, Bedofrd.The DRC is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, and volunteering is to take place within these times.

The Day Resource Centre in Bedford is looking for enthusiastic and dynamic Activity Leader Volunteers, to lead a small group of service users and engage in activities such as: baking, walking football and walking groups, playing board games, gardening, watching TV programmes and promoting productive discussions. The nature of the activities, as well as days and times of volunteering, will be negotiated between the volunteer, staff at the Day Resource Centre, and service users, also based on the volunteer's skillset. The minimum commitment is 2 hours per week. Based at the Day Resource Centre in Bedford, with some activities potentially taking place in the community.The DRC is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 5pm, and volunteering is to take place within these times.

There is an opportunity for two onsite befriender volunteers to support staff at in the Older Peoples Inpatient Services, at Fountains Court, in Bedford. Volunteers will be helping staff with preparing and serving tea and coffee to service users, and will be providing company and companionship to older adults with mental health difficulties, by engaging in conversation, playing board games or taking service users for short walks in the garden. If you have an interest in working with older adults, a compassionate, patient and non-judgmental attitude and a ‘can-do’ approach, this might be the position for you. Volunteering hours are 2-4pm, Mondays to Fridays (the number of days is negotiable).

 

 

Training for Volunteer Roles

Full training for all of these roles is provided and travel expenses are paid. Certificates of attendance for training and references can be supplied.

For all of our volunteering opportunities, there is a compulsory training programme which would require attendance for three days. There is also some additional training for certain roles. Details of any additional requirements will be shown on the role description that will be sent to you.​​

 

Contact

If you are interested in volunteering opportunities with the Trust, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator who will send you further details and an application pack.

If you see a volunteer role in which you are interested please contact the Trust Volunteer Coordinator stating clearly which role you are applying for. 

Contact: Ann Lacey, Volunteer Coordinator, ann.lacey@elft.nhs.uk or 020 7655 4169. 

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