Do you want to help reduce inequality and contribute to the wellbeing of others? Would you like to develop new skills and improve your own sense of wellbeing? Do you have any time to spare, even a couple of hours a week?









Please be advised that due to COVID-19 Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust have currently paused generic volunteering applications. We are focusing on roles which specifically support our clinical services to deliver care and treatment during this period. As these roles develop they will be published in this webpage. 

We have had an amazing response and we cannot thank you enough for your phenomenal support.

If you have any queries in relation to an outstanding application please contact us by email: Volunteers.cpft@cpft.nhs.uk ‘


Clinical Staff

If you or your team would like to know more about this please Click here 

NHS organisations are being encouraged to start using "GoodSAM" an NHS Volunteer Responder service to support patients at the highest clinical risk from coronavirus. Requests for support for individuals or organisations can be made by any health professional and from local authorities via the NHS Volunteer Responders referrers’ portal. You can also call 0808 196 3382 to refer patients. This guidance will be extended and updated regularly on the NHS England and NHS Improvement website.  The community responders are working in four main ways;

  • Community Response volunteer: This role involves collecting shopping, medication or other essential supplies for someone who is self-isolating, and delivering these supplies to their home.
  • Patient Transport volunteer: This role supports the NHS by providing transport to patients who are medically fit for discharge, and ensuring that they are settled safely back in to their home.
  • NHS Transport volunteer: This role involves transporting equipment, supplies and/or medication between NHS services and sites, it may also involve assisting pharmacies with medication delivery.
  • Check-in and Chat volunteer: This role provides short-term telephone support to individuals who are at risk of loneliness as a consequence of self-isolation.


Community Based Resources 

There is more information regarding community based resources where a network of COVID-19 Coordination and Response Hubs has been launched across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. For more information and to contact your local hub please follow the links below.

www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/coronavirus or www.peterborough.gov.uk/coronavirus  


Voluntary Services Team

The Cavell Centre, Bretton Green, Peterborough, PE3 9GZ
T  07970650374
E Volunteers.cpft@cpft.nhs.uk





Your feedback on "What volunteering has meant for me"

"When I first started volunteering I was nervous as to how I would feel returning to where I had spent time in my early 20s. I have to say I was very surprised at what volunteering has given me. I am so happy when I am on the ward talking to people who quite often are suffering with the same thoughts and problems that I faced many years ago. I really feel just sitting and listening to someone and being understanding can make a big difference to them. Also seeing patients when they first arrive in troubled times and seeing the difference one or two weeks later makes me smile. Knowing they are moving forward hopefully to happier times. Since starting volunteering I feel more determined to talk more and also address a few things maybe I had buried. Without volunteering I don't think I would be doing this. I have a great feeling when I leave, even if I have only managed to spend time with one person I'm hoping I've helped just by listening!"
Mulberry volunteer

"Mulberry had four volunteers working each week. Each person brings a willingness to give up their time for the benefit of others. Some run or take part in group activities and others spend time talking and listening to patients or accompanying them on walks or shopping. The benefits are quite clear; volunteers are viewed as neutral and not having an agenda. They help by encouraging, listening and talking to people about everyday subjects, distracting patients from their symptoms and worries. My aim is to have more volunteers on the ward to ensure that patients benefit from their skills every day all day.
Mulberry staff member

"My name is Max. I volunteer for CPFT. I have been volunteering for seven weeks as a volunteer befriender. I enjoy the role as it enables me to help and encourage people that are suffering from similar problems that I suffered in the past. I have only been with the ward for a short length of time but I have been a volunteer for maybe nine years now. I started volunteering for a charity shop when I came out of rehab for mental difficulties. This enabled me space and the opportunity to grow strength again at my own pace. Many years later I have become stronger and have needed a change in my work. I want to work in care of others, but have found finding paid work very difficult. Along with this I started to suffer with low feelings about myself as a result of doing the same things for so long and not having the opportunity to challenge myself a bit more. Now I am volunteering for CPFT on a Tuesday morning. Lots of these low feelings have now gone and I am really enjoying my new voluntary posts. Befriending seems to be a two way process that’s very rewarding. I’m also very happy to be working in a way that I would love to be working in a real paid job so I gain all the positive thoughts that come with that also. My new post is very helpful for me and I hope for others too. I am very grateful for the opportunity." 

"I’m very much enjoying the volunteering at the Croft. So far I’ve been working on the Croft website and a new brochure for professionals as well as various other admin tasks which the team has given me. Everyone here has been very friendly and helpful, making it a very enjoyable volunteering experience."
Croft volunteer

"I want to thank you for your help and support with finding a volunteer administrator for the Cameo North Team. Our volunteer works each Monday and Friday from 10am and 3pm and she is invaluable to our team. Although she is still learning the ropes, she is extremely keen to learn and will turn her hand to anything. At the same time, she is very friendly and polite, supportive and reliable and she is a great colleague to work with. I can already see that she is going to be a very successful administrator and we feel so lucky and grateful that she is volunteering her time at Cameo. Thank you again and I really hope that CPFT can continue to raise the profile of the Volunteer Service as I think it’s fantastic!"
Cameo North staff member






The page was last updated on 03 April 2020 by cpftvolunteers.


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