Volunteers play an important role in our Trust by providing additional services to our patients and supporting the Trust’s work in a variety of ways.
People volunteer for lots of different reasons. For instance they may be wanting to use their free time in an enjoyable and positive way, to ‘give something back’ to a service which has helped them or someone they know, to share their knowledge and experience, to meet new people or to gain valuable experience for work or further education.
Below is a selection of roles for which we always welcome volunteers:
- Drivers – to take patients to and fro appointments, groups, home visits, discharges etc
- Gardeners – design and maintenance of patient garden areas in our units and wards
- Befrienders/ward activity helpers – visiting patients on the wards, chatting, playing games
- Shop assistants – selling food, drink and toiletries in the Priority House shop (Maidstone)
- Committee members/trustees for our Friends of Mental Health – attending meetings, helping with fund-raising (Maidstone & Canterbury)
- Lunchtime Buddies – Helping staff serve lunches on our elderly ward at Priority House (Maidstone)
- Café helper – preparing and serving food, supporting our patient helpers in our café (Maidstone)
- Trolley helpers – selling items from the hospital trolley on the wards (Canterbury)
- Survey assistants – chatting to patients about their experience in hospital and doing quality assessments on our facilities
- Chaplaincy helpers – trained priests or equivalent and general helpers (all religions)
- Musicians – helping at music therapy sessions (Dartford)
- Artists – creating wall murals to brighten communal areas (Dartford)
- Event helpers (Dartford)
Because most roles will involve contact with vulnerable adults, our volunteers must be able to provide two character references, pass a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, pass an Occupation Health check (drivers only) and be prepared to undergo relevant training.
If you are over 18, can commit to at least 6 months with us for at least 3 -5 hours each week, we’d love to hear from you. Please call us for more information/application form on:
West Kent – (01622) 723210 – Helen Collins
East Kent - (01227) 812042 – Helen Collins
Friends of Mental health
Friends for Mental Health (East Kent) and the Friends of Mental Health (West Kent and Medway) consist of volunteers who dedicate their time to raise funds. Find out more about the Friends of Mental Health.
Contact us and apply
The Volunteer Services Co-ordinators can help you find the right volunteer placement.
If you are over 18, can commit to at least 6 months with us for at least 3 to 5 hours each week, we’d love to hear from you.
Please call us for more information or fill out our online form below:
- Acting manager Helen Collins: 01227 812042