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Volunteer

The Abbeyfield Kent Society operates 16 homes across the county, and is very privileged to receive valued and important support from over 200 volunteers. Our volunteers make an enormous impact on the day-to-day running of the homes, getting involved in all manner of ways to improve the lives of our residents.

If you have some free time, or perhaps are looking at gaining some experience in a different environment to add to your CV, why not join The Abbeyfield Kent Society and get involved making a difference to older people’s lives?

Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering at The Abbeyfield Kent Society is a fun and rewarding way to make a real difference to the lives of older people. Volunteering can give you a unique opportunity to:

  • Meet new friends and interact with members of your local community.
  • Try something different.
  • Learn new skills in a fresh environment.
  • Use your spare time productively, in a rewarding manner.
  • Obtain valuable experience; volunteering looks great on your CV.
  • Gain practice and understanding of working in a team. Build confidence and esteem.

How can I volunteer?

There are a huge number of ways you can get involved and help at The Abbeyfield Kent Society, these include:

  • Become a Trustee/Board Member.
  • Join a house support group, whose tasks involve supported the home and its residents.
  • Get involved with the residents. Talk to them, take them shopping, accompany them to the doctors or invite them on days out. 
  • Assist the homes with what residents need help with. This can involve arranging social outings, birthday parties, flower arranging. 
  • Help around the homes with gardening. Maintaining the gardens at homes gives the residents a pleasant environment to enjoy warm days outdoors.
  • Media, fundraising and event support at the homes. All our homes have busy schedules and calendars; our volunteers support and organise social gatherings, days out and events at the home.

Will I receive out-of-pocket expenses? 

The Abbeyfield Kent Society repays all out-of-pocket expenses: such as travel costs, telephone calls and the like. 

Will I be supported in my volunteer work?

Abbeyfield Kent volunteers work as part of a team and are incorporated into the Abbeyfield Kent family. Volunteers are supported by a member of staff or another volunteer. They will meet with you regularly to ensure you happy in your volunteer work and enjoying the experience.

Will I need to complete a CRB and how much does it cost?

It is now compulsory for anyone working with vulnerable people to apply for a CRB (Criminal Register Bureau). The application and approval process can take up to six weeks and must be completed before volunteers can work in our homes. As a volunteer for the Society you will not incur any charges for the CRB.

How do I apply to become a volunteer?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please download this application form. After completion please send it to the address provided, we will be in touch after we receive your form.

If you require further information please call Abbeyfield Kent’s Head Office on 01634 723007