Kingston Carers’ Network relies on a dedicated team of volunteers to help us carry out our work.
We currently have a team of over 50 volunteers supporting our work and in 2014 volunteers gave over an amazing 1125 hours of their time.
People volunteer with us for a number of reasons, but they all have one thing in common: by giving their time they are helping to improve the lives of carers in Kingston.
We value the contribution that our volunteers make to our projects, and want them to enjoy being part of the Kingston Carers Network team. Read what our volunteers said about their volunteering experience.
What can I do?
We are currently recruiting volunteers for a variety of roles supporting both our young carers (aged 5 -18) and adult carers (18+):
- Mentor for Young Carers
Could you help one of our young carers to achieve their potential? We are currently looking for our next group of mentors
- Young Carer Activity Enablers
Lend a hand at our young carer peer support activities. This can be ad hoc help on summer day trips, or assisting at our more regular activities.
Young Adult Carer Activity Enablers
Lend a hand at our young adult carers activities i.e. the YAC book club. Working with carers aged 16-25.
- Young Carer Mentors
Provide one-to-one support to a young carer for a couple of hours a fortnight for 6-12months.
Carer Wellbeing Assistant
Lend a hand at our adult carer wellbeing events. This can include helping out on day trips or assisting at smaller wellbeing activities, e.g. by taking the register and making carers feel welcome.
Offer one-to-one counselling support to adult carers.
Provide a range of therapies for carers including reflexology, massage, manicures and pedicures.
We are always looking for new ways to support carers. If you have a skill that you believe would be beneficial to Kingston Carers Network, do let us know!
Benefits of volunteering
There are many reasons why people volunteer.
Here are just a few of the positive impacts volunteering can have:
- Making a difference to the lives of carers in your local community
- Developing new skills
- Meeting new people
- Sharing your skills and enthusiasm
- Enhancing your CV
- Having fun!
What support will I receive?
We want to ensure that you have a rewarding experience. We offer:
- Support and supervision
- Relevant training
- Travel expenses reimbursed
And you will be valued as a vital member of the Kingston Carers Network team.