Volunteering - NELFT Volunteering - NELFT
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Volunteering

A volunteer is a person who undertakes an activity spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment, individual or groups other than (or in addition to) close relatives. NELFT currently has approximately 300+ volunteers and plans to develop further opportunities. 

We invest a lot in equality and diversity making sure the workforce is as representative as the patients we look after this gives me a sense of belonging and is one of the reasons I love being at NELFT so much.

– Silobile Moyo, Community Rehab Lead

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I am so proud to work in a career I love.
I am so proud to work in the NELFT community.

– Georgina, Senior Occupational Therapist

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I’m really supported in my current team from accessing training and professional development to socialising. I’m lucky enough to call many of my colleagues friends and we enjoy socialising when we are able to.

– Jacqui Moody, Occupational Therapist

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I’ve been at NELFT for 20 years, I’ve stayed in NELFT for as long as I have because the values of this organisation are in line with my own beliefs, putting people first, prioritising quality, are key to the way I work and live. Everything we do at NELFT is about making a difference to the population we serve.

-Wellington Makala, Executive Chief Nurse.

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Training is encouraged and well supported across the trust and everyone has great development opportunities, particularly with pilot projects, interim roles and external training.

-Nick Bertram, Occupational Therapist  

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NELFT are as committed to the staff as they are to the patients, there’s a strong emphasis on looking after our own mental health and you can access things like support groups and yoga sessions which really helps.

– Rukshana, Occupational Therapist

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Every day is different and that’s one of things I love about this job. You never know what you’re coming into, but you always feel supported by the wider team to make those big decisions for your patients.

-Catherine Manderson, Crisis Team Manager, Kent & Medway.

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Volunteers come from a range of backgrounds and apply to the Trust for a number of reasons;

  • They have an interest in mental or community health and wish to support the work of the Trust
  • They are undergoing an educational or training pathway and would like to have some first-hand experience
  • They are considering a career in the NHS and want to find out firsthand if this is for them
  • They are, or have been a service user who wants to gain confidence by doing something they feel is worthwhile
  • Because they want to give back, and because it sounds interesting!
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Benefits of volunteering;

  • Volunteering can offer opportunities to gain and develop a range of skills and experience
  • Volunteering can provide social interaction / leisure time
  • Volunteering provides an opportunity to get involved with the local community
  • Volunteers often experience a feeling of self-worth from supporting something they believe in 
  • Volunteers may also benefit from any in-house training undertaken and references in order to enhance future employability
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“They bring tremendous value to the NHS, volunteering in a variety of roles that enhance the services to patients that paid staff provide, and also assist the NHS in improving and developing services.”

– NHS England, Quote from Volunteering guidelines

Success Stories

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Common volunteering roles include;

  • Ward support / Befriending
  • Activities Support
  • Meet and greet / way finder
  • Admin Support
  • Chaplaincy / Faith volunteers
  • Events Support
  • Response Volunteer

How to apply to volunteer

Contact Voluntary Services at
Volunteer@nelft.nhs.uk or call 0300 555 1201 Ext 55802/52148

To complete a volunteer application form please click below:
Complete application form

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Make a difference to people’s lives.

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