Volunteers play an important role in our Trust by providing additional services to our patients and supporting our work in a variety of ways. Volunteers can offer a wide range of skills and experience and are highly valued.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone aged 18 years and over can volunteer – there is no upper age limit.
People volunteer for lots of different reasons. You may want to use your free time in an enjoyable and positive way, to ‘give something back’ to a service which has helped you or someone you know. You may want to share your knowledge and experience, meet new people or gain valuable experience for work or further education.
Types of volunteering
There are many different ways that you can volunteer. Below are some examples:
- Drivers - to take patients to and from appointments, groups, home visits, discharges etc
- Gardeners - design and maintenance of patient garden areas
- Befrienders/ward activity helpers – visiting patients on the wards, chatting, playing games
- Committee members/trustees for our Friends of Mental Health – attending meetings, helping with fund-raising (Maidstone and 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)
- Beautician/hairdresser/masseuse (Maidstone)
- Yoga teacher (Maidstone)
- Meet & Greet helpers (Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells)
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 Occupational Health check (drivers only) and be prepared to undergo relevant training.
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 -5 hours each week, we’d love to hear from you. Please call us for more information or fill out our online form below:
- West Kent - Sandra Hall: 01622 723210
- East Kent - Helen Collins: 01227 812042