Volunteers play an important role in our Trust, helping people with mental health problems, learning disabilities and/or autism.

Volunteers play a valuable role in complementing the work of our paid staff. They help to improve the quality of life of service users.

We recruit people from a wide range of backgrounds, for various roles. However, recruitment is currently on hold due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering can be a very rewarding experience.

By giving up your time to lend a helping hand and supporting the work of our clinical professionals, you will get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent.

In addition, volunteering can be a great way to:

  • meet new people
  • learn new skills
  • gain useful experience
  • give something back

Who can volunteer

Volunteers come from all walks of life. They bring a wide variety of skills to our Trust and no previous experience of healthcare is necessary. Volunteering provides a worthwhile activity which is greatly valued.

The minimum age is 18 and there is no upper limit.

Volunteering opportunities 

  • Supporting arts and drama activities
  • One to one befriending
  • Helping with social activities
  • Pets As Therapy
  • Gardening projects
  • Sharing leisure interests with service users
  • Helping run a coffee shop
  • Reading to older service users
  • Ward visiting
  • Welcome service users to outpatients.

Volunteer feedback

"Volunteering for LPFT over the last three years has supported my recovery in a number of ways, but above all by providing an environment to grow in confidence and feel valued as an individual with lived experience.

"I most enjoy being on interview panels and having an active say in who works for the Trust and have built relationships with amazing people throughout the service and beyond."

"Being a volunteer for LPFT has helped me massively in my recovery through a very difficult time for me in my life. 

"I highly recommend being an LPFT volunteer to help yourself and give back to the community."

"Volunteering for the Trust has helped build my confidence and empower me. It’s also given me a chance to build up my CV."

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­"Volunteering for LPFT brings unique elements into my life, using my skills in interviewing and contributing with my lived experience of mental ill health to teach in the Lincolnshire Recovery College. Volunteers are the oil that keep the cogs turning smoothly in the NHS!"

Contact details


Volunteer Services
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
The Gatehouse
St George's
Long Leys Road
Lincoln  LN1 1EJ

Telephone number

Telephone 01522 518500

Email address


Useful websites

Volunteer opportunities

We have now begun our phased return for volunteers since the Covid19 pandemic and have just held our first Refresher Training session

We are accepting applications from prospective volunteers and taking up references.

If you would like more information please contact the Volunteer Service using the details above.

We really appreciate your interest in becoming a volunteer with LPFT and look forward to welcoming you.

Volunteer application cover letter

Volunteer application form

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