Who We Are
Involve was originally established in 1975 as Maidstone Volunteer Bureau, to recruit volunteers and respond to need in the local community. Over 40 years on, Involve are now leaders in social prescribing and other innovative approaches to improve wellbeing in communities.
We are ambitious about the impact we can have on health, and seek parity of esteem between social and clinical interventions. We believe age is not a barrier to good health, and we work to the World Health Organisation definition of health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Healthy, connected people and communities.
To improve health, empowering communities to live well, and tackling the root cause of ill health including isolation, loneliness, disadvantage and frailty.
- Excellence, rigour and integrity
- Innovation, learning and improving
- ‘Can Do’ attitude
- Valuing difference with a ‘whole person’ approach
- People first
Develop resilient communities, increase volunteering, widening participation, developing, mapping, connecting and supporting local groups and communities
Empower and support Carers, enabling them to care well for others and improve their own health and wellbeing
Empower and connect people to improve health through quality social prescribing and community navigation services
Encourage, facilitate and support people with health problems to take part in enjoyable physical activity
Connect for independence, coordinating support for the most frail/unwell including transport, gardening, shopping, social opportunities and help at home, maintaining quality of life and improving wellbeing
Mainstream social prescribing, leading the movement to help health professionals recognise and address the social needs of their patients, as an integrated partner
“Involve Kent have an excellent knowledge of our client group and are professional and empathetic when it comes to meeting their needs. They understand the importance of a holistic approach and are able to signpost on to other services that may be beneficial to clients when appropriate this includes effectively understanding safeguarding and the importance of this within their work parameters.”