Volunteer with us

Why volunteer with us?

Volunteering with The Abbeyfield Kent Society is a fun and rewarding way to make a direct difference to the lives of older people. Our volunteers are key to the day-to-day running of our homes, getting involved in a number of ways. Whether they are helping out in the garden, hosting a weekly Bingo class or knitting products to sell within the home, every volunteer helps a great deal in improving the lives of our residents.

It gives you a unique opportunity to;
•Meet new people and get involved with the local community
•Develop existing and learn new skills in a rewarding environment
•Use your spare time productively
•Enhance your CV
•Build confidence, esteem and learn how to work as part of a team

We operate numerous homes across the county so the support we receive from our volunteers is imperative.

As a Society, we are dedicated to supporting our network of volunteers and incorporate them into our teams and the Abbeyfield Kent family. You will work closely with an employee of the Society, meeting regularly to ensure you are getting what you want from your experience.

You may have just retired and have some free time, or perhaps you’re struggling to find work and want to develop new skills or maybe you just really want to make a difference. Whatever your reasons, we want to hear from you. 

What can I help with?

There are a number of ways you can get involved, you could;

Become a Trustee/Board Member

Join a support group which involves supporting the home and residents

Get involved with the residents, e.g. accompanying them to appointments, taking them shopping or simply reading them their daily newspaper

Assist with the planning of social events and activities

Help around the home and with the gardening

Media, fundraising and event support at the homes

What do I need to know?

It is compulsory for anyone working with vulnerable people to apply for a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service).

The application and approval process can take up to six weeks and must be completed before you can work in our homes, as a volunteer for the Society you will not incur any charges for the DBS.

The Abbeyfield Kent Society will also repay any out of pocket expenses such as travel costs, telephone calls and the like.

How do I sign up?

If you like the sound of volunteering are interested in joining us, please do get in touch, we are looking forward to welcoming you to our team.

To apply in the first instance or to discuss the opportunities available please contact Lesley Furmage on 01634 729182 or e-mail lesley.furmage@abbeyfieldkent.org.

You can also download and fill in the application form shown below and send your completed form to the provided address.

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