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.

Driver role (at any KMPT site)

We require drivers who own a car to pick up patients and take them to various locations related to KMPT.

We are able to cover mileage expenses and the locations are based around where you are comfortable driving in regards to distance being long or short!

Arts and crafts volunteer (at any KMPT site)

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 (at any KMPT site)

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.

You need to have a friendly approach and be able to confidently converse with someone.

Providing a positive friendly ear can really benefit someone’s day so if you are a talkative person and love meeting new people then please become a befriender!

 

Book trolley volunteer (Canterbury)

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 (Maidstone)

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 (all KMPT sites)

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.

Complementary therapy volunteer (all KMPT sites)

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.

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.

Gardeners (all KMPT sites)

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.

Yoga Volunteer (Folkestone and Maidstone)

You will be volunteering alongside our occupational therapy team at our forensic mental health unit in Maidstone or Folkestone.
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 (Maidstone)

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/PREMS - Maidstone

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 Forensic Mental Health team in Maidstone.

Once a week (there is some flexibility on this, so we should be able to work around your availability) you will visit the four in-patient wards, for an hour each. On the ward you will encourage our patients to complete a patient experience form (we call it a PREM!) about their experiences of being a patient with KMPT. We do this so we can review our services and improve our care – so your help will directly affect the treatment our patients receive.

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

Social group volunteer (all KMPT sites)

Do you like socialising with people, chatting, drinking cups of tea and coffee?
Then you'll like this!

You will volunteer alongside our occupational therapy team to provide a 'social club' for our patients. It will be focused around creating an informal and relaxed 'coffee shop' feel.

You will be chatting to patients, listening to music, reading newspapers, playing games etc. 

We are a mental health trust and you will need to be comfortable and relaxed in that environment.

Breakfast group volunteer (all KMPT sites)

For this role you will be working on the wards helping staff and patients to prepare breakfast.

Patients often lose their independent living skills quite quickly and this group helps people prepare their own breakfast.

You will be working with patients who have a mental health condition and so you will need to be sensitive, caring, and patient.

Because you will be working with vulnerable people we will have to do an Enhanced DBS check.

In return we offer induction, training and support.

Simple dishes volunteer (all KMPT sites)

The purpose of this group is to help patients develop independent living skills. You will support staff to facilitate small groups with preparing simple meals. You must have basic cooking skills and enjoy food.

What's most important is that you enjoy being with other people, like having a chat, and are a friendly and caring person.

You will be volunteering in a mental health environment and need to be comfortable and happy with that.

Activity volunteer

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

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!

Personal shoppers

For our patients who are unable to get off a ward, or no one to visit them, it can be hard to get hold of personal items from local shops. So what we’d like to do is provide personal shoppers for our patients – someone who, whilst doing their own weekly shopping, could also pick up a few items for our patients.

It's those small treats and items that can make a big difference.

It would only be a few small items and you could choose whether you did the shopping for just the one patient or a group. Whatever suits you best.

We will provide you with the full list of goods and the money for purchasing. Full guidance will be provided.

Come Dine With Me/Food Assessment

Volunteers are needed to help support the Facilities team by encouraging service users to complete food assessments to assess the quality delivery.  You will have a meal with a service user by invitation and help with menu choices and feedback to the Facilities Team.  You will be involved with monthly surveys and ward community meetings to help improve communication around food choices. 

Additional tasks include helping service users lay tables for lunch/dinner, hand washing and area cleaning, interact with patients to encourage a social atmosphere.

You will be working with patients who have a mental health condition and so you will need to be sensitive, caring, and patient.

Because you will be working with vulnerable people we will have to do an Enhanced DBS check.

In return we offer induction, training and support.

Community Befrienders

Working alongside our social work and community teams, we need volunteers who will pay social visits to our community patients. This could include helping them with shopping trips, doctors appointments, meeting for a tea or coffee in a local coffee shop, etc. Those kinds of activities.

Increased socialisation is an important stage in recovery for our patients and you would provide useful support in helping them to improve their lives and independence. Full training and support will be provided.

Outdoor Activities Volunteer (West Kent/Tunbridge Wells)

Our community forensics team is running a series of outdoor activities for its clients.

This includes fishing groups, a woodland group, an outdoor wellbeing group, and many others are planned.

Your role will be to support clients in these activities.  No specific skills would be required but a willingness to get stuck in is essential.

These groups take place over a fixed series of sessions, so the commitment can either be short-term (for the duration of that specific activity) or an ongoing commitment where you can go from one group to another. The choice is yours.

Due to the location where these activities take place you would need your own transport to get there.

You will need to caring, patient, and non-judgemental.

KMPT Charity Fundraising volunteer (any area in Kent)

This role is an exciting new role as you will be able to fundraise in lots of different ways for our charity and for KMPT and the NHS.

You can work flexi hours and work from any location you please, if you have fundraising ideas and want to help support then why not apply!

All volunteers are supported with training, supervision from the volunteering team and support from the Charity Lead

KMPT Charity Fundraising Ambassador volunteer (any area in Kent)

This role is an exciting new role as you will be the ambassador for the charity and will help raise the profile of fundraising and to help support the stigma against mental health.

You can work flexi hours and work from any location you please, if you have an interest in mental health and fundraising then why not apply?

All volunteers are supported with training, supervision from the volunteering team and support from the Charity Lead

 

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