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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of  community health and mental health services across the north east London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, Essex and Kent and Medway and Barnet

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National Volunteers Week 2019: Loredana's story

To mark National Volunteers Week, we heard from Loredana Fartade, a volunteer with our Havering talking therapies service and our volunteers team, to share her experience

What made you want to volunteer?

After my children entered into full time education, I had plenty of time on my hands. I wanted to put this time towards a worthy cause while regaining my confidence by meeting and talking to new people.

What does a typical volunteering day look like for you?

I volunteer at NELFT four days a week between 10am and 2pm and split my time equally between two different departments; the voluntary services in Goodmayes Hospital and the talking therapies service in Havering. My days are varied and tasks can range from checking and answering emails, logging calls and dealing with doctors, patients and students.

What’s the best thing about volunteering? 

Volunteering gives you a sense of pride and accomplishment. I am enjoying being part of a community and it has enabled me to learn new skills and increase my self-confidence.

We are looking to increase our volunteer workforce in 2019. If you are interested in introducing volunteers to your service please email for more information.