VOLUNTEER FOR INVOLVE
Whether you are looking for a more active role in the community, want to meet new people or want to improve your professional skills, we have the perfect opportunities to meet your volunteering needs. There a variety of ways in which you can get involved:
Volunteer with older people
Get involved with our Befriending services for older people, visiting or calling isolated individuals who may not have spoken to anyone in days, often weeks. Befriending is a highly sociable role and a great way of putting your people skills to good use.
Support someone with cancer
Support someone living with cancer who may not have family or friends to help them during this time in their life, by offering befriending support or practical support around the house. This role is very meaningful and perfect for volunteers that want to support others.
Our supported volunteering projects help those who may be unable to volunteer without assistance for one reason or another to gain valuable skills, experience and confidence. Currently our supported volunteer roles include customer service and DIY/gardening.
Become a volunteer driver
Help with driving physically frail and older members of the community to the hospital, supermarket or wherever they need to be, who otherwise would not be able to make the journey with public transport. Volunteer drivers offer an essential service that helps older people keep their independence and reduces social isolation.
Involve’s Community Transport service relies on the support of volunteers to help people who are unable to use public transport, whether this is due to a disability, frailty, illness or an injury.
If you can spare just a small amount of your time, we can help hundreds of people in the Maidstone and Malling area make it to hospital visits, social trips or wherever it is they need to be. If you would like to register as a volunteer driver, please get in contact with us. Volunteers can be flexible with how much time they give, and full travel expenses are reimbursed.
Volunteer in our office
A vital part of the transport service is the booking and coordination of trips and support is needed in the office to coordinate transport. We have a bespoke booking system where we take calls from the public and find a driver for them. This is a busy office role ideal for someone used to, or wanting to gain office type experience. The office, which is based in the centre of Maidstone in The Mall, is made up of a full time employed staff member and several volunteers. Working in this busy, friendly environment is great to build confidence on IT and office work; pleasant telephone manner is needed, and a degree of competency on computers, although training will be given. Hours are flexible, but we ask if our volunteers can either cover a morning or afternoon session (10am-1pm or 1-4pm).
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Other volunteering opportunities in local area
Involve Kent also links people with hundreds of volunteering opportunities in the Maidstone and Malling area. Click the title above to view our database featuring hundreds of different roles that you can get involved with.
Click here to see our video of volunteers in their placements and find out why they love doing what they do.