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Can I volunteer?

I will be available to volunteer for only a few months. Can I still apply?

Due to the amount of time and resources involved in recruiting volunteers, we ask that each person is available to volunteer for at least nine months after applying. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from people available for shorter periods of time.

Have you got to be a certain age to be a volunteer? Is there an upper and / or lower age limit?

Anyone wishing to volunteer at NSFT needs to be a minimum of 17 years old. We do not have an upper age limit.

I am registered blind / deaf / wheelchair user etc. Do you have any volunteer opportunities available for me?

People with disabilities are welcome to apply for volunteer roles. Reasonable adjustments will be made wherever possible to accommodate people who require additional support to volunteer.

I am currently being treated by NSFT as a patient. Are they are any opportunities for me to work as a volunteer?

Anyone currently receiving community / outpatient care from NSFT is welcome to apply for volunteer roles in other services. We would want to ensure and be confident that the volunteer role will not negatively affect the volunteer's wellbeing or treatment before proceeding with the application. This may involve discussions and the support of the team currently providing care to the applicant.

I have a criminal record. Can I still volunteer?

Although a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is compulsory for all volunteers, having a criminal record is not an automatic barrier to volunteering. All applications are considered on an individual basis, in an honest, clear and confidential manner.‚Äč

I've got a query about being a volunteer at NSFT. Who can I ask for help?

If you have a question about volunteering at NSFT, please contact Sarah Briggs, Voluntary Services Co-ordinator, on 01603 421695 or email

I'm enthusiastic and excited about supporting NSFT as a volunteer. What have I got to do now?

Contact Sarah Briggs, Voluntary Services Co-ordinator, to discuss it further on 01603 421695 or email

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