Opportunities in Maidstone


Pets As Therapy Volunteer

for Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

What we would like is to hear from people whose pets are registered with Pets As Therapy or similar organisation so you can come on to one of our wards or rehab units so that patients get the chance to interact with your animal. This could be stroking, or maybe talking to yourself about the animal, or just enjoying the animal's presence. It will vary.

For more details contact Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust on 01622 723210 - email: kmpt.voluntaryservices@nhs.net

Pets As Therapy Volunteer for Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
Kent & Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust

Maidstone Office Volunteer

for Hi Kent

Help wanted with the running of our Maidstone office - duties will include dealing with telephone calls, incoming and outgoing post and helping drop-in visitors.

For more details contact Hi Kent on 01633 691151 - email: N.Lemar@hikent.org.uk

Maidstone Office Volunteer for Hi Kent
Hi Kent

Volunteer Advocates

for CROP (Citizens Rights for Older People)

Volunteer Advocates wanted to support older people in residential settings in order to help them to clarify and define the nature of their needs. Volunteer Advocates can assist older people by providing advice and information to support them, including helping to complete complex forms

For more details contact CROP (Citizens Rights for Older People) on 01622 851200 - email: lenham@cropkent.org.uk

Volunteer Advocates for CROP (Citizens Rights for Older People)
CROP (Citizens Rights for Older People)

2021 Summer Fayre Volunteer

for Maidstone Mencap

Help needed to work with other volunteers on our biggest fundraiser of the year – our Summer Fayre. Lots of different help wanted – including help setting up the fayre, fundraising, manning stalls and many more!

For more details contact Maidstone Mencap - email: fundraising@maidstonemencap.org

2021 Summer Fayre Volunteer for Maidstone Mencap
Maidstone Mencap

Trustee

for 21 Together

Trustees are now sought who have a strong empathy with our mission to support children and young people with Down’s syndrome and their families, to access the right support to live full and vibrant lives

For more details contact 21 Together on 01622 230720 - email: info@21together.org.uk

Trustee for 21 Together
21 Together

Staplehurst Emergency Help Team Volunteer

for Staplehurst Parish Council

Help needed to support non-life-threatening emergency situations within the Staplehurst Parish Council – flexible opportunities available.

For more details contact Staplehurst Parish Council on 01580 891761

Staplehurst Emergency Help Team Volunteer for Staplehurst Parish Council
Staplehurst Parish Council

Charity Shop Assistant

for Heart of Kent Hospice

We are looking for volunteer charity shop assistants to help in our Charity shops when they reopen.

It’s a great way to develop or use existing customer service skills, to meet new people, to be part of a small team and to keep active in the community. If you are looking to enhance your cv or university application it is a great way to get some up to date experience and develop a wide range of transferable skills

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who have good customer care skills and who are keen to serve customers with a helpful and friendly approach. Tasks include helping to sort and prepare donated clothes, displaying stock, working a till, creating exciting window designs and providing great customer service. 


No experience is required as training is provided. Volunteers must be aged over 16 years of age (volunteers aged 16-18 years must provide parental consent).  However there may also be opportunities for Duke of Edinburgh Award students minimum age 14. We will need to apply for a Kent County Council child work permit for them

Interested? Contact Denise Sullivan on 01622 792200 ext 225 - email: denise.sullivan@hokh.co.uk

Charity Shop Assistant for Heart of Kent Hospice
Heart of Kent Hospice

Volunteer Driver

for Compaid

Become a volunteer driver and help us to make a difference

 

We are looking for volunteer drivers to help us to support our vulnerable clients to remain as independent as possible.

This role is to drive our specially adapted vehicles in Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Maidstone areas.

Applicants must be over 21 years of age, and have a full clean driving licence for a minimum of 2 years for insurance purposes.

Minimum commitment required is 1 day per week Monday - Friday.

All volunteers receive relevant training and reasonable local travel expenses.

Interested? Contact Judith Williams on 07487524099 - email: judith.williams@compaid.org.uk

Volunteer Driver for Compaid
Compaid

Social Prescribing Buddy

for Involve

Volunteers will offer physical and emotional support to fellow patients who want to improve their wellbeing and social isolation. Tasks & activities: Tasks will be varied depending on your skills and availability. Volunteers will be matched up with a patient and help them to access services, activities and groups in their local area. Tasks may include: - Driving to/from activities and groups - Befriending – talking to people about activities they have attended, offering emotional support - Supporting patients to attend groups, for example going with a patient to a singing group for the first time because they are too anxious to go alone Time: various – you will be matched with someone to support so timings will be based on when they are attending groups/activities/services This role is very flexible and can fit around you Place of work: across West Kent – you will work in the local area of one of our 5 selected GP practices: - The Vine, Maidstone - Borough Green Medical Practice - Marden Medical Practice - St Andrews Medical Practice, Tunbridge Wells - Snodland Medical Practice 

For more details contact Involve on 0300 0810 005 - email: Office@Involvekent.org.uk

Social Prescribing Buddy  for Involve
Involve

Volunteer Trailmaker - Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade

for Heart of Kent Hospice

Role purpose: 

 To support Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade project team in the efficient daily running of 

the trail by assisting trail participants and representing Heart of Kent Hospice in our local 

community on the trail itself. 

 Raising awareness of and contributing to the work of a multi-professional team ensuring. 

that an efficient, effective and comprehensive palliative care service is provided by the 

Hospice. 

Main duties: 

 Welcome, assist and engage with visitors walking the trail, providing information and 

directions in a courteous, friendly and helpful manner. 

 Promote Heart of Kent Hospice whilst positioned at places along the trail and in the town. 

centre. 

 Assist visitors with trail App download and navigation. 

 Be aware of the businesses involved in the ‘Friends of Elmer’ initiative and where. 

relevant, direct trail visitors to their locations. 

 Relay any damage to sculptures, feedback from residents or participant concerns to 

Project Co-ordinator without delay. 

Interested? Contact Nicola Smith on 01622 790195 - email: Volunteer@hokh.co.uk

Volunteer Trailmaker - Elmer’s Big Heart of Kent Parade  for Heart of Kent Hospice
Heart of Kent Hospice

Office Volunteer

for Hi Kent

We are looking for one or two volunteers to help out in our offices in Brewer Street, Maidstone, ideally for between ten and twenty hours per week. 

Duties will include dealing with telephone calls, incoming and outgoing post and helping drop-in visitors. 

We use personal computers to manage most of our work and knowledge of Microsoft Office software, in particular Word and Excel, is needed. Awareness of the needs of people with hearing loss would be useful, although deaf awareness training will be provided. 

These opportunities would suit people who are thinking of returning to work after a career break or wanting to refine their skills in a modern office environment. 

Expenses will be paid, and DBS checks are carried out on successful applicants. 

Interested? Contact Naomi Lemar on 01622 691151 - email: N.Lemar@hikent.org.uk

Office Volunteer  for Hi Kent
Hi Kent

Maintenance Assistant

for Guide Dogs for the Blind

To assist with appropriate maintenance activities including erection, dismantling and repair of spending pens for Guide Dog Owners and general maintenance tasks. Erecting, dismantling and repairing spending pens for Guide Dog Owners. Carry out general maintenance in the office when required such as the repair of collection boxes. Minimum age: 18 

For more details contact Guide Dogs for the Blind on 0345 143 0191 - email: information@guidedogs.org.uk

Maintenance Assistant  for Guide Dogs for the Blind
Guide Dogs for the Blind

Accompanying Adult

for Young Lives Foundation

An Accompanying Adult is a volunteer who is there to ensure that the child understands their rights, the meaning of the procedures taking place and to facilitate communication between all parties. 

There is no statutory guidance or procedural rules on how the age assessment should be conducted and what can be done to assist the local authority to carry out a fair and just assessment; however there are a number of court judgements (known as case law) that set guidance on how the assessment should be carried out. The local authority has to conduct an assessment which is ‘Merton compliant’ (B v Merton [2003] EWHC 1689). 

The Accompanying Adult should have a non-judgemental approach and be able to exercise discernment and objectivity. An Accompanying Adult will: 

  • facilitate communication between the child and the social workers 

  • observe whether or not social workers are acting properly and fairly 

  • ensure the child understands what is happening and why 

  • ensure the child understands their rights 

For more details contact Young Lives Foundation on 01622 693459 - email: volunteering@ylf.org.uk

Accompanying Adult   for Young Lives Foundation
Young Lives Foundation

Volunteer Reading helper

for Coram Beanstalk

Coram Beanstalk helps children become readers. Readers achieve their potential: everyone deserves this. Reading Helpers and Story Starters provide one-to-one encouragement and support to help children start reading, keep reading and read more, increasing their confidence and self-esteem and raising attainment and future aspirations. We need inspiring, empathic, imaginative individuals who can help more children start believing “I can read… and I want to!” 

For more details contact Coram Beanstalk on 02077294087 - email: admin@coranbeanstalk.org.uk

Volunteer Reading helper for Coram Beanstalk
Coram Beanstalk

Bereavement Volunteer

for CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service

We are looking for individuals, who would like to give their time as a support to Children & Young People across the region.  Volunteers support our delivery of bereavement groups for Parents/Carers and Children and Young People up to the age of 25. 

We work with a multidisciplinary team of professionals and the Volunteers would enhance the service and support the Children in various different ways.

They would attend the workshops and explain ‘CHUMS’ objectives.           

Our Volunteers are all committed to making a difference to the lives of Children, Young People and their families.

Our Bereavement Volunteers will undergo training delivered by our team.

We support our Volunteers by offering a regular ongoing training programme and a bi-monthly communications meeting. We also offer support and supervision at any time.

This service supports the Children & Young People in Kent who have experienced bereavement.

It is a holistic approach and it is important to understand the issues that children & young people face.

The Volunteer would need to enjoy Children’s company and have a genuine concern for the emotional wellbeing of the Child.

- We welcome everyone as a Volunteer and Disabled access will always be considered.

All our Volunteers will undertake training in Safeguarding & Manual Handling.

Volunteers can claim for their travel expenses.

All Volunteers must be over 18 but no upper age limit.

We offer ongoing training & support

Our service is currently well established in Bedfordshire, but new to Kent. Therefore, meetings will be held in locations suitable for the Volunteers.

Volunteers must be able to travel to support groups in other parts of the County.

Interested? Contact Jo Tredgett on 07731 133387 - email: Jo.tredgett@chums.uk.com

Bereavement Volunteer for CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service
CHUMS Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing Service

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