Roles

Below you can see a list of our current volunteer roles. If you would like more information about a specific role, or would like to register, please complete the form at the bottom of this page.

Activity volunteer

We are looking for volunteers to bring their enthusiasm for their hobby to our patients.

Arts and crafts volunteer

Art and crafts sessions are of great benefit to our patients and we need someone who can help the occupational therapy team in preparing for these classes. The sessions could be anything - from drawing, painting, sketching and pottery sessions (we have our own kiln!).

Baking volunteer (Medway)

Our occupational therapy team run simple baking sessions for our patients and need help from someone who can assist with preparing for the session and to help patients during the session.

Befrienders

A befriender is someone who will regularly visit patients and builds a rapport with them, engaging in conversation and accompanying them on walks around the hospital grounds.

Book trolley volunteer

This will be once a week and you will be expected to ensure the trolley is stocked with a good variety of books, keep a record of what books are where, engage with patients to encourage them to read and to feedback to us if patients have any specific reading requirements.

You need to be a friendly person, chatty and encouraging. You don’t need any great literary knowledge, just a willingness to help people with a friendly smile.

Café helper

You will be helping to support the café manager, preparing snacks and light lunches, drinks, taking orders from customers and helping keep the area clean.

Chaplaincy helpers

To support the trust’s chaplains in their work supporting patients and staff both spiritually and pastorally, specifically to help the smooth running of the Big Debate Groups and potentially other chaplaincy-led groups.

Committee members/trustees for our Friends charity

The Friends is a charity that helps patients and families who have mental health problems - both in hospital and in the community. They need committee members who can help govern the group’s activities. This could be fundraising, administrative tasks, finance and many other activities the Friends take part in.

Complementary therapy volunteer

We are looking for volunteers who would be interested in visiting our wards and patients to offer various complementary therapy experiences. These could include (but are not limited to) touch therapy/hand massage, reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy and homeopathy.

You will need to have relevant qualifications (or working towards them) or a provable career record in suitable field.

Dementia Ally

Dementia Allies are people living with dementia who offer emotional and practical support based on their own experiences to others who have recently been diagnosed.

This role will be suitable for anyone who is living with dementia and willing to share their experiences with others. You will be happy to talk to others in a similar situation.

Discussion support volunteer (Medway only)

Our Chaplaincy team seeks to help our service users, of all faiths. As part of this we run a Mental Health Fellowship, with a small group of service and ex-service users where we informally discuss the big questions of life through a faith and mental health lens.

Could you come and support the service users and chaplain as we debate these topics? You will be required to welcome people to the group and encourage members as necessary.

Donated clothes co-ordinator

Volunteers who are kind, patient and comfortable working in a mental health environment are needed to manage donated clothes.

You will organise the donations, catalogue donated items and arrange clothing into labelled boxes according to size and garment.

You must be able to work as part of a team and previous experience of working in a hospital/healthcare setting would be beneficial.

Drivers

We require owner-drivers to pick up patients and take them to various locations. Journeys can be long or short.

Gardeners

Develop your green fingers and help maintain our gardens. You will help with pruning, weeding, planting, keeping borders trim, watering and taking pride in your patch!

Gardening experience would be ideal, as is a caring attitude, ability to listen and someone who likes a chat. We will have to undertake an enhanced DBS check. In return we offer full induction, training and support.

Hospital radio volunteer

Our hospital in Canterbury is looking for volunteers to help run a radio show for our patients. You will be working across our hospital and the studios at Canterbury Christ Church university.

Your role will be primarily one of a producer – planning programmes, arranging for guests, putting together playlists, creating content and managing social media input.

You will also have to ensure that the programme complies with Ofcom’s broadcasting laws (training will be given).

Meet and greet

The main role of a meet and greet volunteer is to make people welcome and comfortable when they arrive. You could be helping staff, patients, families or other visitors. Tasks may include keeping information leaflets up to date, responding to queries, offering refreshments, helping with surveys, some administration tasks and doing whatever it takes to ensure our guests have a positive experience.

It could be anything – you may enjoy a game of football, jogging, yoga, Zumba, watching birds or looking at the stars. You may play an instrument, like painting or sketching, creative writing, flower arranging or anything else!

Music friends

The sessions are about using music to stimulate conversation with patients - perhaps talking about their favourite pieces of music or using the CDs to prompt discussion on images on the cover or individual songs. What we need are people who have a passion for music - any music - and would like to share that love with our patients by volunteering alongside the therapy team.

Music and movement volunteer (Medway)

You will help patients with simple dance/activity to music. Some of our patients are elderly so this will not be strenuous and you will need no real dance skills. It is more like movement and physical activity.

Pamper group volunteer

We are looking for people who would like to visit our patients and give them a mini-pamper session - helping with make-up, manicures and trimming hair.

You will need to have appropriate qualifications in hairdressing, beauty treatment or similar fields (or working towards them) or provable career record in a suitable field.

Recovery and Wellbeing College

In this role, you will provide classroom assistance for any student needing one-to-one support with their learning, which may be helping someone take notes or assisting with any written exercises.

Singing and choir volunteer

We need someone to help form and lead a choir! This choir will be made up of patients who have mental ill health and are part of our forensic mental health unit.

Therapy group co-facilitator

In this role you will assist staff in running the group therapy sessions. It would be ideal if you have some experience of mental health. Your role will include working with staff to identify risks, help service users to maintain appropriate codes of conduct and give time to enable service users to use peer support services.

Trolley helpers

The ward trolley volunteer will have responsibility for taking the refreshments trolley around the ward, selling snacks and goods to staff and patients.

Virtual tour guide volunteer (Maidstone and Medway)

We need volunteers who will work alongside our occupational therapy team to give a talk to our patients about different places.

It could be near or far. It could be anywhere. It needs to be somewhere you've been and you are interested in. Our occupational therapy team will produce a slide show for you (with your advice on suitable images) and then you will talk to our patients about places and the images.

Pets as Therapy volunteer

Many of our patients find that being around animals can be a calming and therapeutic experience. We would like 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 so that patients get the chance to interact with your dog. Other animals will be considered as long as it is registered with an organisation such as Pets As Therapy. We will need to see documentation to ensure your animal is registered.

Tai Chi or Yoga Volunteer

You will be volunteering alongside our occupational therapy team at our forensic mental health unit in Maidstone.
Our patients find such activities to be of great benefit and help them relax.

Sessions last about an hour and generally take place in the afternoons, but times and days can be adapted to suit you.
You will need to have a relevant qualification or proven track record in this activity.

Walking group volunteer

Our Occupational Therapy team run a walking group for our patients in Maidstone. Volunteers are required to help run these groups. You will be volunteering alongside staff and will be there to talk to patients and engage with them in friendly chat and to help them enjoy the experience.

The walks are gentle but can be on trackways. Just as important as the exercise is for patients to enjoy being in the countryside and to engage with the sights, sounds, and smells. Breaks are taken as necessary.

Patients are residents on our acute wards and can sometimes display challenging symptoms, so you will need to be patient, caring, understanding, and non-judgmental.

Art group co-facilitator (Dartford)

You will be helping staff prepare for the session, co-facilitating the group with the art psychotherapist, and help clear up afterwards.

You will not be on your own with patients and there will always be staff present who will be responsible for the activity. This role would suit an individual who is looking to gain experience in psychotherapy, and who also has a keen interest in art.

Mother and baby yoga volunteer (Dartford)

The Mother and Baby Unit at our Dartford site are looking for a dedicated volunteer to assist staff the with planning and facilitating of a mother and baby yoga class, and to ensure that patients benefit from their experience within the Mother and Baby Unit.

If you have a yoga qualification, along with relevant experience, and would like to make a difference to our patients and their babies lives, we would love to hear from you!

Patient experience volunteer (Sittingbourne)

An essential part of our service is to ensure that we give our service users the best treatment we can.

So what we are looking for is someone who can join our Community Mental Health team in Sittingbourne. You will be based in the reception area. The role will entail welcoming patients to the team and when they leave asking them to complete one of our service satisfaction forms. You will then collate and copy them and hand them to the reception team. Once a month you will meet with the service lead and together will go over the responses to identify any issues that need to be dealt with.

You will need to be caring, patient, non-judgemental, and sympathetic to those with a mental health condition.

 

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