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Volunteering Opportunities for 2018

Jubilee garden at K&C
Jubilee Garden at Kent and Canterbury Hospital

New - volunteer gardener project

The Trust is currently looking for green-fingered volunteers to help make-over some of the gardens so patients and visitors can get the most out of the outside space available.

The volunteers’ tasks will be likely to include digging over flower beds, pruning plants and general gardening tasks. 

If you can spare a few hours each week helping our gardening teams to create comfortable outdoor spaces for our patients and visitors, please contact Mandy Carliell on: or call 07917 790 322.

Other volunteers

We value the involvement of local people as volunteers in activities that enhance the quality of life for our patients, visitors, carers, and also support the staff in delivering high quality health care.

Volunteers are involved in many areas of our services, such as meeting and greeting, assisting our staff with administration, mealtime companions, dementia buddies and navigating our patients and visitors around the hospitals.

The range of opportunities continually changes so we are sure to find you something you will enjoy.

Volunteers are not used to replace paid staff and a volunteering role is not the same as work experience.

How to apply

Please take a look at the roles we currently have on offer, print off and complete the Volunteer Application Pack

Please bring your completed application form and agreed ID to your interview.

Please contact for interview details. 

Current roles


  • Role: Cardiology Admin- William Harvey Hospital
    Tasks: Assist with filling, request forms, helping patient with queries and guiding patients to the Patient Transport Des

  • Role: Celia Blakey Unit -WHH
    filing, putting together new patient folders, collecting medication from pharmacy, offering drinks to patients, general admin duties

Clinical and Non Clinical

  • Role: Padua Ward, Play Therapy- William Harvey Hospital
    Reading stories/setting up activities/cleaning toys

  • Role: Discharge lounge volunteer- WHH
    To assist patients waiting for transport i.e.. make tea/keep company/play cards etc.

  • Role: Outpatient reception- QEQM
    To assist in directing patients around the hospital and clinical areas- training will be given

  • Role: Site promotions helper- QEQM
    To replenish and send out leaflets/magazines, rotate posters on site and keep posters/leaflets up to date.

  • Role: Speech and Language Therapy Helper - William Harvey Hospital -Ashford
    Help our speech and language therapists with patients who have eating and drinking difficulties after a Stroke/Parkinson/head injury

  • Role: Gardening Assistant- All sites

    Tasks: General gardening duties, weeding, planting and tidying

  • Role: Therapies- all three main sites
    To give assistance to patients in Therapies department and inpatient wards area including mobility exercises and encouraging communication. Assist with monitoring & cleaning of equipment.
  • Role: A&E- QEQM
    Tasks: Providing tea, coffee and company for a range of patient who may be anxious and alone. also running errand for the department and non clinical stock replenishment.
  • Role: Medical Equipment Library helper - William Harvey Hospital
    Answer phones and book work for technicians and assistants within the library
  • Role: LOF shop assistant- Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital- Margate.
    To assist in the shop at mutually agreed times.
  • Role: Volunteer Chaplain- all three main sites
    Spiritual care of patients, carers, visitors and staff. 
  • Role: General Ward Helper- all wards
     Patient Interaction including activities, assisting at mealtimes, filling water jugs, meet and greet visitors, housekeeping tasks, undertake patient surveys on iPad.
  • Role: Lunch Club helper - Ashford, Canterbury and Margate
    Support patients during lunch time / lunch club. Helping to prepare meals and distribute to patients. Help feed patients. Engage with patients completing small activities e.g. reading, playing cards, puzzles. Provide cosmetic care e.g. hair dressing, painting nails 


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