Current volunteering applications

Our autumn 2016 intake of volunteering opportunities has now closed. Please contact us again in January 2017.

For more information about volunteering, email or call us on 020 8354 8758.

Volunteers donate their time and talent to work alongside staff throughout the trust, making a real difference to the lives of the people we care for.

Volunteering is a great way to share your skills, experience and passion with others in need, and our work alongside our team to make a real difference in the lives of people who living with mental health problems.

Why volunteer

Our volunteers come from many different backgrounds and we value each of their contributions. While you will be making a big difference in the lives of people who use our services, volunteering can benefit you as well. We promise to give you all the support you need while you are with us.

Becoming a volunteer with us allows you to:

  • Do something enjoyable and rewarding with your free time.
  • Share your skills and experience.
  • Explore career options or a career change.
  • Gain valuable work experience in a caring environment.
  • Help your local community and support your local NHS.

If you are over 18, empathetic, have a sense of humour and plenty of goodwill, we would like to have you volunteering with us! We welcome people from different backgrounds, abilities, cultures, genders, ages and outlooks. If you have used our services or care for someone who has, you are especially welcome to bring your insights and experience.

What it involves

We ask that you join our team for a minimum of nine months, and can spare at least half a day per week. We run a fairly structured volunteer programme, which is designed to give you all the information and support you need. This means that you will need to complete a three day induction course and the entire process can take 2-3 months to complete.

Volunteer activities

Being a volunteer at our trust is different for everyone. We place volunteers where there is a need, and try to match your unique abilities and insights to one of our inpatient or community services. Past volunteers have been involved in:

  • Visiting people on a ward.
  • Working with older people.
  • Supporting community activities.
  • Supporting group activities.

Unfortunately, we cannot place volunteers in psychology or psychotherapy roles.