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Volunteer for us

August 2021 – We are currently recruiting for the following volunteer roles:
·  meet once a week with an allocated befriendee
·  time commitment about 2 hours per week, minimum 6 months, maximum 12 months
·  see more about this service here

Sevenoaks Gardening Group
·  meet every Thursday between 11am and 1pm
·  some experience helpful but not essential – mostly enthusiasm and willingness
·  key tasks are to help to keep the garden at our Sevenoaks office under control (34 St Johns Road, Sevenoaks TN13 3LW)
·  the garden is on a few levels with lots to do to keep it tidy and maintained

If you are interested in either of the roles above, please do get in touch with Angela Riley at volunteering@westkentmind.org.uk who will be delighted to hear from you.

We are West Kent Mind. We are mental health professionals. It is our passion and where our skills are.

As we adapt our services to ensure we continue to support our community and those who need us, we are hugely aware of where our skills are and where we need expert help. We have over 130 volunteers who all give their time, expertise, humour, knowledge, skills, enthusiasm and passion to support our clients and our staff team.

If you are able to offer any time to help us in our mission to deliver support services via remote means, then we would love to hear from you.

Our volunteers support us in many ways, such as:

• Befriending / Digital Befriending
• IT skills
• Design professionals
• Webinar experts
• our counselling programme
• on reception
• supporting different groups i.e. running group, art group
• fundraising
……..and much more. We would greatly appreciate your help.

How to apply

If you are interested in applying you must be 18 or over. Contact Angela Riley on the office number 01732 744950 for an initial chat or email volunteering@westkentmind.org.uk to arrange a convenient time to discuss the role/s you are interested in and your time availability.

Should you wish to move forward you will need to complete an application form (available from Angela on the email address above) and attend an informal interview via zoom. If you are accepted as a volunteer we will then commence the recruitment process. All roles are subject to two satisfactory references and a clear DBS check.

Interested? Here’s what some of our volunteers have to say

“Aside from the obvious pleasure derived from helping people, for me one of the interesting things about volunteering is meeting people you may not have normally met in life. Perhaps the gardening group is unique in that everyone outside is aiming towards a common goal, regardless of individual condition which can remain unspoken or shared. We’re all in the same boat (or in this case garden!), and there is something life affirming about meeting up in it.” Neil, Gardening Group

“I have been working as a volunteer for WKM for over 2 years helping out at 2 groups based in Edenbridge. I retired from a long career in social work including many years in a mental health team. The two groups I support are Creative Minds and Well-being. After the pressures of frontline social work volunteering for WKM has been so refreshing and fulfilling. I can help to support people in nurturing their creativity, health and well-being , something that was impossible to do working in statutory services. I have always felt valued and supported by the group facilitators. My experience has highlighted the importance of group activities in promoting feelings of belonging, purpose and friendship. Of course the pandemic has meant that more recently we can only meet up virtually on zoom which has more limited benefits , but I am looking forward to reconnecting with everyone once we are able.” Rebecca, Creative Minds