VOLUNTEER FOR US
Get Involved, do good, feel good.
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. Since then, lots has changed, we have expanded our services to include the whole of Kent and we rebranded to the Involve Kent that you know and recognise today.
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.
Every year we support thousands of people in our community by taking a holistic approach to health. By recognising and tackling root causes of ill health, such as; frailty, isolation and disadvantage, we can provide practical and emotional solutions to help people through difficult times.
Volunteers have always been an integral part of our service and without them, we wouldn't have been 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.
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We have a range of exciting and impactful volunteer roles available in Maidstone, Malling, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks & Tunbridge Wells. Feel free to browse them above.
It is important to note that no volunteer role is ever static. We are grateful for your commitment, which means many of the roles are flexible and based around how much time you can offer and for how long for. Working around your current commitments and schedules enables you to get the most out of volunteering with us and also means that you don't get any added pressure. As we work within the health Industry, some roles aren't as flexible. If you are looking for a flexible role, or only have a few hours a week to spare and would like to do something good with it, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can work together to find a suitable role that works for you.
Benefits Of Volunteering
How we overcome barriers to volunteering:
Creating volunteering roles that are accessible to all, is really important to us.
We understand that volunteering plays such a vital role in mental health as it provides opportunities to build self-esteem and to impact others in a positive way that you can be proud of. Further, our volunteering roles enables you to make new connections within the community, to build new friendships and to take your mind off things that may be happening at home.
Volunteering is priceless as it is rewarding and teaches valuable life skills that can be transferred into employment.
Some volunteer Drivers pick up essential food shopping for our clients that aren't as mobile.
I just love what I do! I started working with Involve as a volunteer 15 years ago when I retired and I honestly don’t know what else I’d do with my time. I’m always willing to do anything because it gives me the boost I need in my life because of my personal circumstances. I think I get more out of it than the clients! I go home with a great feeling of satisfaction and feeling like I’ve done something worthwhile!
Marilyne- Group & Activity Volunteer
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
Volunteering for Involve Kent is really worthwhile. As a bereavement Group Volunteer I feel as though I am able to make a big difference to the people who I meet, it's extremely fulfilling. It's great to see people come out of their shells after a while. I've made lots of friends whilst I've been here!
Kelly - Bereavement Group Volunteer
It benefits me from the extent that I didn’t want to stay indoors, I wanted to be out and about. At the same time I was doing something useful and that befitted the community. The world is opening up again and we do not have enough community drivers. If anyone knows anyone with half a day to spare, we would welcome any volunteers. Please do volunteer, you would find it very worthwhile if you had any time to spare.
David - Community Transport Driver