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.  Please note all volunteers must be over 18 years of age.


Volunteer Roles


Crisis Café Support - we are seeking to put together a team of 12 volunteers to cover Monday - Friday evenings - 5.30pm - 9.30pm and Saturdays 12noon - 4pm.  The Crisis café is based in Homerton and is a drop in centre for any service users who feel they need some support.  Volunteers will meet and greet, engage in conversation while they are waiting to see a staff member and can help co-facilitate therapeutic groups within the café.  We are seeking 2 volunteers for each session.

Volunteer Peer Mentors (Substance misuse) - ELFT in partnership with Providence Row are looking for Peer mentors to help with our RESET team.  Volunteer Peer Mentors will support those with substance misuse issues and should have their own lived experience of substance and/or alcohol misuse and have an interest to assist others.  Have you been in a similar position and know the true value of having someone to talk to that really understands?  Then this role could be of benefit to you and our residents in Tower Hamlets.  Flexible hours to be agreed with the team - minimum of 4 hours per week.  Full training will be given and regular ongoing support will be given.

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.

SHINE Social Media Volunteer.  Shine is a sexual Health Service project and we are seeking a young  volunteer to help design and creat a newsletter as well as update social media feeds.  Based in Forest Gate but some of the tasks can be completed from home base.  10 hours per week required.



Wellbeing Group Support Volunteer - is required for groups being held in Luton.  The groups are held for a minim of 5 hours on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.  The opportunities can be shared between 2-3 volunteers.  The tasks of the volunteers would include helping set up for the group, to engage in a Meet and Greet type role and support the service users and the staff during the group.  Do you have good interpersonal skills along with an interest in mental health?  Please contact us.

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.

Volunteer Befrienders - 2 volunteer befrienders required for Older Peoples Inpatient Services (Fountains Court).  Volunteers will help with refreshments, providing company and companionship to older adults with mental health issues in a range of activities.  Days can be flexible and by arrangement with staff team during the working week - required between 2-4pm.

 Volunteer Befrienders - a team of volunteers required for Poplar Unit - an older people's inpatient acute assessment unit for functional patients.  Volunteers will provide company and companionship to service users engaging in conversation, playing board games and taking them for short walks to local amenities and facilities.  Based in Houghton Regis - this is an opportunity to volunteer daytime or evenings and weekends - days and time to be negotiated with team.


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.​​



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, or 020 7655 4169. 

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