Elf in the community

ELF trains local volunteers to support patients and their families out in the local community.

This unique ELF@Home service, provides emotional and practical support for patients and families in their own homes. The service matches patients with trained volunteers, based not just on location but on outlook and shared interests. Our volunteers can help with practical around-the-house jobs, including cleaning and shopping, as well as offering advice or just a listening ear.

ELF@Home volunteers will be alongside you when the road ahead is tough, helping with both the practical and the emotional elements of living with blood cancer. They can also help with ‘hidden’ problems – those small but important things like arranging dental appointments and assisted refuse collections, or helping with the weekly shop.

Our volunteers offer advice, friendship and practical help, improving your wellbeing and connecting you with a whole range of services on what can be a very traumatic journey.

Having a friend to talk, cry and laugh with – or to simply stand alongside – can make all the difference.

If you are feeling isolated, lonely and would like some company, perhaps a chat over a cup of tea or a phone call to say hello, ELF@Home can help you. And, if you are a caring individual with a few hours a week to spare, we would love to hear from you. Elf volunteers are given full training for this rewarding and fulfilling role.

To find out more about ELF@Home contact us on 01392 493344 or email enquire@elftcharity.org.uk.

Read Patient Stories

  • Anne


    “I can honestly say Elf@Home is the medicine I needed.ong may it continue”
  • Amanda


    "I feel that Elf has played an active part in my recovery – transport, befriending and reducing my anxiety"
  • Michael


    “Volunteer visit day is the best day of the week”
  • Ernest Peters


    "All I can say is that the befriending service of Elf is a wonderful and most welcome addition to a great service"

Read Volunteer Stories

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

  • Jan


    "I feel Elf really appreciates its volunteers. They spend all the time necessary to help you feel confident in the role and they are…
  • MJ


    "When an opportunity came up to become a volunteer, and be part of a new Elf scheme, I knew I had to do it"
  • Mike, July 2019


    "I have had such a fun and rewarding time volunteering with Elf”
  • Sheila


    "Being a volunteer gives purpose and pleasure to my life. I feel needed"