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Headway West Kent depends on a team of volunteers to deliver our services. There is a great team spirit and a lot of laughter between volunteers and the people who access our services. We have a variety of volunteering opportunities requiring a range of different skills. You can volunteer on an occasional basis or set a regular commitment. If you would like to be a part of our volunteer team,  please complete an application form.

Current vacancies

Volunteers

We would welcome interest from those looking to give time once a week, or a little more if wanted, at our centre or at one of our Support group sessions. If you feel you would like to share your skills or interests with our team, please make contact.

Headway West Kent is looking for someone with skills in woodwork or upholstery to help/oversee our new furniture restoration group. You would help renovate donated furniture alongside our clients with support from staff and volunteers.

We’ve just begun our NEW FURNITURE RESTORATION SESSIONS for our clients and we could really do with your help!
The sessions will run once a week and will provide many people with the opportunity to learn new skills, re-focus on abilities forgotten about and build friendships. We aim for a socially therapeutic environment with attendees gaining satisfaction working on the furniture and natural materials.

Please let us know if you are able to help us for part of the time/short term/once a month/whatever!
Tasks may include: repairing chairs and tables and restoring antiques and items to their former glory or upcycling too.

No previous experience or expert knowledge of brain injury is required.

Requirements:

Compassion and a desire to support others
Being able to communicate effectively
Enthusiasm and the ability to smile and encourage
Knowledge/experience of either woodwork/restoration or upholstery is highly desirable!

Or let us know any other way you may be able to help 🙂

Please contact the centre for more information.

Trustees

We are seeking individuals who are willing to volunteer their time on our management board. No long term commitment is required! We welcome support for limited projects and timescales, if this is preferable to you.

Skills in buisness management, policy, bid writing, the charity sector, governance or as a carer, would enhance the current skill mix of the Board.

The trustees meet around four times over a year, with occasional email decisions made inbetween.

Contact 01892 619001 for more details.

Chair of the Board of Trustees

We currently have a vacancy for Chair of our management board. Do you have previous experience in chairing meetings or working within the charity sector? Our current board of trustees are looking for someone who is interested in the work of Headway West Kent and the development of our services.

The trustees meet around four times over a year, with occasional email decisions made inbetween.

Please contact 01892 619001 for more details.

 

UPDATED August 2018

See what some of our volunteers have to say:

“I have been a volunteer at Headway West Kent for over 10 years and I go to the centre every Wednesday. Volunteering is important to me as it gives me a real sense of achievement in an environment that is uplifting and inspiring, happy, occasionally sad, but certainly with plenty of laughs along the way! No two days are ever the same. Over the years I have got to know people well. I am continually surprised and moved at the talents and capabilities of the people who access our services. I have seen enormous improvements in people who have come to Headway West Kent. Hopefully in a small way I have helped this process. This in itself motivates me to give my time. I can honestly say that Wednesday is my favourite day of the week!” – Donna

“I have been volunteering at Headway for some years, during which time I’ve led creative writing sessions. (I am an English and drama tutor.) I particularly like it when the people who use Headway West Kent’s services find their own voice and creativity. I enjoy volunteering because everybody is so friendly; I always have fun and learn something new when I’m at the centre.” – Astrid

“My contact with HWK began in 2002 when I heard that one of the members had enjoyed maths at school and wanted to test his skills. Having just retired after 30 years of maths teaching I decided to give him a hand. I had loved teaching, helping young people develop their skills and generally working in a vibrant environment. Although this was on a much smaller scale, Headway West Kent fulfilled my need to continue to help people. The people who access headway West Kent’s services , the volunteers and staff all work together to create a happy atmosphere and it’s certainly a fulfilling experience to spend time doing group or individual work.” – Gill