Volunteers’ Week 2021

It’s Volunteers’ Week 1st-7th June 2021. Celebrated yearly, it’s an opportunity to say thank you to volunteers across the country and to recognise the contribution they make.

We would like to say a huge thank you to South Kent Mind volunteers past and present. Our volunteers donate their time, dedication and effort as support staff, charity shop workers, artists, office staff, digital befrienders, Trustees and much more.

The operation of our service depends upon the help of volunteers.

We have at least 35 part-time volunteers who provide support to South Kent Mind and we are extremely grateful for all the help given to us.

Volunteers are the life blood of a small charity such as South Kent Mind.  All the staff team are enormously grateful for the hard work, dedication and camaraderie of our volunteers. Their enthusiasm and passion for our work is the secret of our success.

Simon Dolby, CEO

Nicky volunteers at our charity shop in Hythe. Read Nicky’s story…

After retiring from being a registered specialist nurse I felt I wanted to give something back to the community. I wanted to volunteer for a local charity that would benefit local people. My 40 years of nursing gave me transferable skills to volunteer for MIND. As well as learning new skills such as working the till, pricing and how a charity shop functions, I have also made new friends and now feel part of a team. I enjoy working on the till, arranging bric-a-brac on the shelves, putting out new clothes and chatting to customers. Time flies by. Our manager arranges many social events, meals out, afternoon tea and excursions. It is an extremely friendly place to work and I look forward to my two shifts a week, seeing the team whom I work with and to see what’s new in the shop. I feel that I am honoured to be working with such lovely people while raising money for the local MIND charity.

Nicky, South Kent Mind Hythe Shop Volunteer

Hi, my name is Babs.

I became a volunteer 15 years ago after losing my husband. I needed something to do to fill the gap in my life.

My work is varied and different every day. I work in the stockroom processing donations and ironing the clothes ready for the shop floor.

We have a great team of volunteers and meet socially outside of work, so volunteering has made me some lovely friends whilst helping this local charity

Babs, South Kent Mind Hythe Shop Volunteer

My name is Lesley and I have volunteered for over 10 years. I started in the Folkestone shop and relocated to Hythe.

I work in the stockroom sorting and processing bric-a-brac. I am also in charge of the linen department.

I have found it rewarding and it has personally helped me during some bad times.

I would recommend volunteering to anyone.

Lesley, South Kent Mind Hythe Shop Volunteer

Thank you to all of our amazing volunteers for helping us to achieve our mission to improve the lives of people with mental health challenges in South Kent.

Interested in Volunteering?

As well as helping others, volunteering can help you build confidence and employability, help you gain new skills and has been shown to improve wellbeing. If you’re interested in volunteering with us, find an application form and current opportunities on our volunteering page.

We would love to hear from you.

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