Volunteers Recruitment Update

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Recruitment of new volunteers has been temporarily suspended whilst we are currently supporting our existing volunteers and working with our colleagues to look after our patients, carers and visitors. 

Volunteer at CFT

Volunteers in Partnership (VIP) is an initiative developed by Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust’s (CFT) Council of Governors. Governors recognise that the involvement of volunteers across CFT  enhances its services.

Volunteers are recruited from the communities we serve including people who are retired, students, employed and unemployed. Volunteers in Partnership is designed to provide opportunities for volunteers to participate in a range of different roles throughout the Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. The scheme provides many opportunities for people to use and enhance their skills or share their knowledge, develop a sense of purpose or increase their self-confidence and it offers opportunities to learn and gain experience in many areas of the Trust.

Current Volunteering Opportunities

We currently have a variety of opportunities for people who have a caring nature and a couple of hours a week to spare:

  • Activity volunteers – for our Mental Health wards and Resource centres – assisting with  a variety of groups  offering activities such as quizzes, music, cookery, gardening or exercise.
  • Dementia ward volunteers – helping with hymns, music and ‘pub’ sing-alongs, or garden activities, reminiscence and chatting groups.
  • Therapy Dog volunteers – for our wards in Community and Mental Health hospitals throughout Cornwall. Befrienders and Mealtime Assistants for Community Hospital Wards
  • Meeters and Greeters for Bodmin and Camborne Redruth Community Hospitals
  • Volunteers for Sowenna, the Adolescent Mental Health Unit due to open in July 2019.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities please contact us.

What do volunteers do?

Volunteers may have many roles such as:

  • Help a clinician to run an activity group on a Mental Health ward, which could include craft workshops, healthy eating, exercise, reading or music
  • Visit community hospital wards as a Befriender to provide conversation and company
  • Provide Spiritual and Pastoral support on the wards
  • Meet and Greet in community hospitals
  • Visit wards/centres with Therapy dogs 
  • Assist with activities on the Dementia ward
  • Provide exercise sessions such as Tai Chi, Yoga, Keep Fit (qualifications required)

Benefits to you

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to meet others, enjoy sharing your knowledge and gain an insight into the Trust’s services. It also provides you with valuable skills and experience that may benefit your future employability.


As a volunteer you will be provided with all relevant training for your role.

How do I apply?

Please complete the application form in the resources section below, or contact the Volunteers In Partnership office by post, email or telephone.

Therapy Dogs Nationwide

Therapy Dogs Nationwide is a national Charity where visiting volunteers take their own dogs into establishments to give comfort, distraction, and stimulation. We regularly visit local hospitals and hospices where patients and staff interact with our dogs and look forward to their visits

Visit Therapy Dogs Nationwide http://www.tdn.org.uk/

Pets as Therapy

Enhance health and wellbeing in the community through the visits of trusted volunteers with their behaviourally assessed animals. Provide a visiting service in hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes, special needs schools and a variety of other venues all across the UK.

Pets As Therapy https://petsastherapy.org/

Contact Information

Volunteer Co-ordinator
The Engineers House
c/o Shaw House
Porthpean Road
St Austell
PL26 6AD

Telephone: 01726 873253

Email:  cpn-tr.Volunteers@nhs.net


Volunteering in Partnership Application Form