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Become a volunteer

We value the role of volunteers and recognise the contribution which they make to the organisation in helping to ensure we deliver the best possible care to people within our services whether they are working in an office or at one of our centres.

Why become a volunteer?

People volunteer for many different reasons, they come from varied backgrounds and age groups but what they all have in common is their wish to contribute actively to their local community.  Volunteering offers the opportunity to:

  • become part of a team
  • meet people and be part of the community
  • learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications
  • gain confidence and experience of working in a mental health setting

“We could chat about anything really, I like talking to people” Mary Porter, Volunteer Visitor talks about her experiences


To become a volunteer you need to be:

  • over 18 years old
  • reliable, trustworthy, motivated, friendly and flexible
  • legally allowed to volunteer in the UK
  • able to commit to a minimum of 2 hours per week
  • ideally able to commit to at least 6 months with HPFT

The recruitment process

The recruitment process can take up to three months before you commence your new role and certain roles will require you to fill in the  Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) form. We may also require references. 

How to apply

For more information about our current roles please contact:

Email: hpft.volunteering@nhs.net

Tel: 07825 831670

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