Volunteering

South Kent Mind Mental Health Volunteering

The operation of our services depends upon the help of volunteers. We have at least 40 part-time volunteers who provide support to our organisation. We are very grateful for any help given to us.

An application form for the Centre is attached please print this off and return it to the address included. Volunteers will be required to undergo a check by the Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly Criminal Records Bureau). This can take up to four weeks to complete.


Current Voluntary Vacancies

Honorary Treasurer, Digital Befriender, Artists, Relationship Builder, Driver/Deliverer

1. Volunteer Honorary Treasurer

We are currently looking for an Honorary Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to ensure that all monies provided are accounted for and used for the provision of services within the agreed objectives of South Kent Mind.

If you’re interested in this role, click on the link below for a full job description and contact details.

Interested? If so, please get in touch. To apply, send your CV and a covering letter explaining why you would like to be considered for this position to: Penelope James, Chair of Trustees, South Kent Mind: penelope.james@southkentmind.org.uk

2. Volunteer Digital Befriender

We are currently looking for Digital Befrienders to support South Kent Mind members to increase their knowledge, skills and confidence to access information or services online via an iPad, tablet, mobile phone or laptop. We recognise the need for our members to keep in touch with their families and friends, as well as engaging with our current online Zoom groups, particularly at this challenging time.

If you’re interested in this role, click on the link below for a full job description and contact details.

If you would like to know more about volunteering as a Digital Befriender please email claire.burns@southkentmind.org.uk

3. Volunteer Artists

We are currently looking for volunteer artists/creatives to host regular art sessions with people accessing South Kent Mind services. You will:

  • Engage and encourage
  • Introduce new skills

South Kent Mind delivers a growing range of services for people with mental health problems. We recognise the need for our members to have access to a creative output.

The aim of the session is to introduce people to the benefits of having time to be creative for their mental wellbeing. It is also to support people that have been unwell to get back into activities in their community.

You’ll use your creative skill set to plan, engage and deliver creative sessions.

The role is flexible to weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

The role is flexible in creative content.

Skills

You will need to be:

  • Confident in leading a session over zoom and face-to-face
  • A great communicator, cheerful, chatty and professional
  • Passionate about South Kent Mind’s aims and mission

If you would like to know more about volunteering as an Artist please email claire.burns@southkentmind.org.uk

4. Volunteer Relationship Builder

We want to have regular contact and build relationships with a range of organisations and groups in South Kent such as:

  • Local businesses
  • Shops and supermarkets
  • Schools and colleges
  • Youth groups
  • Voluntary organisations
  • Community groups

By doing this we want to:

  • Advertise our services
  • Understand the demand in the community
  • Encourage fundraising and donations for us
  • Encourage people to take up pay as you go counselling
  • Encourage people to think of us if they need mental health training for staff or customers/users

Using a database of organisations and groups you will email or telephone the organisations and establish a key contact person with them. You will then send regular updates to keep the contact live and respond to any queries, working with the South Kent Mind staff team.

This is not a sales role. We find by raising people’s awareness of us and making the process easy, people will approach us more with donations and requests for contracted work.

As a local charity, all the money donated goes into providing free services to people who need support with their mental wellbeing.

You will be provided with a South Kent Mind email address, materials and regular support. The role is flexible so other than occasions when you might arrange a time to speak to someone on the phone, it can fit in with times that are good for you.

Skills

You will need to be:

A great communicator; cheerful, chatty and professional

Passionate about what South Kent Mind does

Methodical and organised, keeping records of the conversations you’ve had and contacts you’ve made.

Able to use simple IT

If you would like to know more about volunteering as a Relationship Builder please email claire.burns@southkentmind.org.uk

5. Volunteers Needed with Transport & Time

Do you have a little spare time and a van or car with a large boot? Would you like to support your local community and a local charity?

Our shop in Hythe offers our local community a good, safe space, a place to hang out with friends, without pressure, to make friends or maybe just to be, sure of a warm welcome and decent clothes and other items at affordable prices.

We welcome volunteers to help run our shop and we also need someone to help with distributing the goods every now and then. If you live near Folkestone and have some time and a van or large car boot we would be glad of your help.

If you are interested please email contact@southkentmind.org.uk or telephone 01303 250090 and arrange to talk, or to get an application pack.

We would love to meet you.