@home in the Community

ELF@Home’ s model of patient/family support sees local people undertake training to enable them to volunteer to support patients and their families in their own homes, ideally in their local community.

ELF@Home volunteers are there when the road ahead is tough to help with the practical and emotional elements of dealing with blood cancers. They often uncover ‘hidden’ issues which they help to resolve – simple things like sorting dental appointments, arranging assisted refuse collections or helping with the weekly shop.

Through this offer of practical help, friendship and advice ELF@Home volunteers have been responsible for improving patient experiences, improving mental well-being and connecting patients with a whole range of additional services and support to aid their often-traumatic journeys.  Having a friend that will be there to talk, cry, laugh and just be simply stand alongside can make all the difference.

In the coming year ELF are looking to establish a HELP@Home service providing further support for small scale and individual practical tasks including IT help, light housework, decorating/household maintenance, dog walking/pet care and gardening.   All these things may not seem like big tasks, but what ELF has discovered is that even a small offer of help can have a huge impact of emotional well-being and positive outlooks for the future.


Read Patient Stories

  • Michael


    27 February 2019
    “Volunteer visit day is the best day of the week,” says Michael. Feb 2018
  • Ernest Peters


    26 March 2019
    "All I can say now is that the befriending service of ELF, is a wonderful and most welcome addition to a great service"
  • Anne


    25 March 2019
    “I can honestly say ELF@HOME is the medicine I needed long may it continue”
  • Amanda


    26 March 2019
    "I feel ELF has played an active part in my recovery. In transport for appointments, befriending, and reducing my anxiety"

Read Volunteer Stories

Reducing isolation and loneliness in the community - make a difference and volunteer for ELF@Home!

  • Chris


    26 March 2019
    "My first experience of being an ELF at home visitor was really fulfilling, but also to my surprise, fun!"
  • Sheila


    26 March 2019
    "Being a volunteer give purpose and pleasure to my life and I feel needed."
  • Jan


    26 March 2019
    "I feel ELF really appreciates its volunteers, spends all the time necessary to help you feel confident in the role and are flexible and…
  • MJ


    26 March 2019
    "When an opportunity came up to become a volunteer, and be part of a new scheme being set up for 'ELF', I knew I had to do it..."