Volunteering at NELFT

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Volunteers can help in a variety of roles from meeting and greeting visitors to coordinating activities for our patients, befriending, gardening, admin support and everything in between. Whether you are looking to gain skills and experience through volunteering that will support your career aspirations or you simply wish to fill your spare time by doing something meaningful to help others, if you have great people skills and a sense of commitment we would welcome you to apply.

“I volunteer because I feel it takes me out of my daily self-centred life.  I also feel truly blessed that I have been given so much in life and believe it's important to give back! Volunteering continuously teaches me something new about people, about compassion.  Especially helping others, it reminds me that we are all in this together and we need to remember to support each other! I have enjoyed my time volunteering at NELFT so much.   I have met amazing people, who have made me feel so welcome and I have learnt new skills too!  Thank you for giving me the opportunity" Joanna

"My experience of volunteer has been so rewarding and I felt so grateful to be able to help others. I had a lovely (2 metres away) chat with the client I was delivering shopping to which showed me the joy volunteering brings but also brings to myself. I felt so much joy and warmth, and was such a rewarding experience. To know I helped others helped me too. 

Receiving the feedback brings me so much joy. Can’t wait to volunteer again soon!" Loren

At present we only accept volunteers aged 18 years old or older.

Please note: 

We are at present only processing applications for advertised roles in the Volunteer Opportunities section.  If your interest is for one of these please note this in your application by ticking the relevant box where shown on the application form.  We are not taking applications for general volunteering.


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Volunteer Opportunities

Ward Support - Mountnessing Court, Billericay, Essex


We are looking for a number of people to assist as Ward Support Volunteers in our inpatient wards at Mountnessing Court, Billericay, Essex. 

Mountnessing Court has busy Intermediate care wards which provide rehabilitation to patients over the age of 18. The wards provide physical rehabilitation to patients to foster independence and to increase mobility.

In order to enhance services and service user experience we are hoping to recruit volunteers to assist in facilitating the group programme on the ward. Providing activities which are of interest to our service users and or helps build their skills will aid their recovery. Volunteering in this role would include the following tasks:

  • Chatting and listening to patients.
  • Helping patients with small tasks such as reading the newspaper or watching TV.
  • Support patients to engage in activities, such as group exercises, group activities, socialise with other patients.
  • Supporting patients to eat and drink by providing social and physical help at mealtimes. i.e. cutting up food, helping to choose food from the menu, pouring drinks, having lunch with a patient.
  • Hand care, washing and creaming hands, massage, nail varnish application (only as directed by medically trained staff)
  • Playing games with patients 


 Ward Support Volunteers need to be:

  • Warm and friendly
  • Motivating and enthusiastic
  • Creative
  • Able to communicate with groups or 1:1 with patients.
  • Confident in talking to professional staff.



If you wish to discuss this role prior to application either:

 email: volunteer@nelft.nhs.uk

Or call 0300 555 1201 x 52148

NELFT Vision and Values

Our Values

To deliver the Best Care by the Best People.


For further information please use the following link:

About us | NELFT NHS Foundation Trust