Our Macmillan Volunteer Service West Kent, a project run in partnership between Voluntary Action Maidstone and Macmillan Cancer Support, provides a supportive and confidential service for those living with cancer.
The Volunteer service was established to provide for some of the ‘unmet needs’ of people living with cancer in Kent. By unmet needs we mean needs that might not be met through normal support mechanisms. These needs can be met through both practical and emotional support and sometimes a combination of the two. This service is provided all free of charge, with the help of our committed team of DBS-checked and trained volunteers who aim to respond directly to the needs of those living with cancer across West Kent.
The service provides support to people in the community to help them cope with the impact of diagnosis, not the clinical aspects of care but the emotional and practical aspects. There is clear evidence that if you do not feel well psychologically, you won’t take care of yourself in other ways. For example, not exercising and eating properly, which will not only affect self-esteem but will affect recovery and outcomes for that person.
The service runs across West Kent and Medway and takes referrals from anyone in this area, whether as far west as Dartford or as far east as Maidstone.
Or call 01622 230721
“This service has made a great difference to many of my patients’ lives, where there is loneliness, despair and the pain of a life-threatening illness hanging over them 24 hours a day. Macmillan Volunteers offer a lifeline of hope and comfort where others would never dare tread.”- Stephen Croft, Community Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care at the Heart of Kent Hospice.