Why Should You Volunteer For Involve?

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Involve Kent was founded in 1975 in Maidstone, initially as the Maidstone Volunteer Bureau, to recruit and support volunteers and respond to need in the community. 40 years later, volunteering still remains the core of what we do as we aim to empower communities and people to live healthy, happy lives. 

 

Volunteers will always be an integral part of our service and without them, we wouldn't be able to reach as many people in need. As we continue to grow and expand our services, we are looking for generous volunteers that embody our ethos and values, to #GetInvolved, do good and feel good.

Involve are passionate about improving the health of our community. We are an innovative organisation that recognises the health benefits of volunteering and have adapted our process and roles to ensure that our volunteers can get the most out of their volunteering experience.

We have over 40 years experience in managing volunteers and placing them in roles that suit their interests and availabilities. 

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Margaret - Telephone Befriender

From the moment you enquire, you will be directed to our lovely volunteer co-ordinator who will answer any questions you have. Part of our onboarding process is making sure that we get to know you so that we can match you to a role that is compatible with your interests as well as your availability. This ensures that you have the best experience whilst volunteering with us.

 

During your time volunteering, you will be given a dedicated point of contact; someone that will check-in frequently to make sure that you feel supported and confident in your role. This contact can support with advice, guidance, extra resources or training if needed.

 

We run training days throughout the year for our volunteers, this gives volunteers the opportunity to upskill if they would like to.

 

We send out monthly newsletter to our volunteers, which will help to keep you in the loop with regards to what is going on at the wider Involve and inform you of any volunteer events coming up.  

You will be supported throughout

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Tracey, our Community Transport Manager, and Daveena, our Volunteer Coordinator, at a Bowling Social that we put on for our volunteers.

We understand that from time-to-time something unexpected may pop up, which is why we offer minimum-commitment volunteer roles. Most of our volunteer roles ask for as little as an hour or two of your time each week. You can volunteer as much or as little as you like, there will never be any pressure put on you to volunteer more than you would like.

Also, if you decide that a particular role is not for you- that's okay! Our volunteer-coordinator will work with you to find a role that is meaningful and worthwhile for you.

Flexible Volunteer Roles

Make a difference

You will be working directly with people in the community; the impact that your time will have on people, in any volunteering capacity, will be recognised and appreciated not only by our clients but us too. In fact, we often through Volunteer Socials as a THANK YOU to our wonderful volunteers-this has included Christmas Dances, lunches and Bowling days. 

You will be making a difference to people who may be feeling isolated, lonely or frail and enable us to continue delivering our vital services to those that are more vulnerable.

Our Volunteers Enjoy Working With Us!

Senior Woman

I love being a volunteer.  It was by accident that I became one really!  I was initially a client going to the games group at the hub and this is how I found out about volunteering.  I became a telephone befriender and it was the best thing I’ve ever done, especially during lockdown.  It was as good for my wellbeing as it was for them and I still really enjoy doing it now.  I’ve made lots of new friends and relationships because of this opportunity.

Margaret- Telephone Befriender

In fact, 33% of our volunteers have been working with Involve longer than 5 years