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Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:07

Volunteer Opportunities

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mental healthAvondalecare are committed to encouraging greater social integration for individuals and families who are coping with mental health problems. We therefore welcome anyone who is interested in a volunteer position who feels that they would like to contribute to the benefit of their local community. We appreciate the benefit to all that comes from having a staff group that is drawn from all sections of our community and welcome enquiries from anyone irrespective of their age, gender, race or other factors.

Why Volunteer?

  • A volunteer position at Avondalecare is great way to help and improve your local community
  • You can really help people to make significant improvements in their quality of life
  • You will gain a greater understanding of mental health issues
  • Avondalecare has an excellent free training programme for all volunteers which will not only improve your CV but also broaden your personal life experience.


We have links with both Kent University and Canterbury Christchurch University to provide volunteer positions to undergraduates wishing to improve the quality of their studies.

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to gain experience in the ‘real world’ of working in the mental health/social care field. It will also give you a greater understanding of what life is like for people who live with a wide range of mental health issues. This will not only be valuable to future employers in the Social Care sector but will also help you understand more accurately the needs of service users and how you can best help them.

Our free training programme will also enable you to gain practical qualifications in addition to your degree.

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Service Users Volunteer Positions

We are happy to have any enquiries from service users who wish to volunteer at Avondalecare.

At Avondalecare we want the service we provide to be of genuine benefit so we encourage our service users to have part in directing any future developments in the service we provide. It is of great value to have constructive input from those who actually use the service so that we can improve and maintain what actually works for people. We would be happy to hear from any service users who would like volunteer to contribute to the service we provide

Service user volunteers can be especially helpful and encouraging to new service users as they provide a great example of the potential for recovery. In many cases they also have a fuller understanding of the challenges mental health problems cause and can draw on their own experience of how to deal with these difficulties successfully.

Volunteer Comment

"I have been volunteering at Avondalecare for a number of month now and since volunteering, I have learnt a lot from first hand experience and each day has been an eye opener. This type of work is very rewarding as you can see individuals improve over time and it makes you realise not to take certain things in life for granted. Avondalecare put the needs of the service user first and I believe they have their best interests at heart." - Kent University under-graduate volunteer

Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:05

Avondalecare Opportunities

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Avondalecare are committed to providing a genuinely effective service that is of real benefit within mental health services. To provide a high quality service it is essential that we invest heavily in our workforce as they are vital to the success and effectiveness of this goal.

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If you are a person who feels they have the compassion, determination and enthusiasm to contribute to this goal and you are looking for rewarding work that makes a real difference in peoples’ lives then we will be happy to hear from you.

As one of our aims is to help as many people in our community as possible we welcome applications from every sector of that community irrespective of age, race, gender or any other factor. We are principally interested in the strength of your motivation to help other people.

Working in the social care field is not like working in an office or a shop, it is at times emotionally challenging but equally it is deeply satisfying to be able to really help a person in their time of need. Avondalecare fully support their staff to give of their best and help provide the training, resources and support structure necessary to give high quality care.

We offer a comprehensive training programme that goes beyond just the basic legal requirements so that all of our staff are able to continually progress and improve in their professional development.


Community Support Worker

Avondalecare requires a community support worker to provide support to persons recovering from poor mental health. We are looking for a motivated person to fit into a pre-existing team within the East Kent Area. This position will include managing a case load of individuals living in the community whilst ensuring a good rapport and trusting relationship is built with individuals to help deliver the best possible outcomes. We are looking for an individual with: 
Good communication and interpersonal skills. 
A practical outlook with problem solving skills. 
A genuine interest in people. 
A positive and encouraging effect on other people. 
Good self management skill and awareness.

An interested in developing their own practice and life long learning. 
An understanding of CQC standards for providing support. 
Good literacy skills to communicate in writing and within care plans/risk assessments the current concerns and plans of support for dealing with service user issues. 

NVQ/QCF L3 or higher in Care or equivalent subject. 
Experience working with persons recovering from Mental Health issues. 

NVQ/QCF L2 in Care or equivalent subject. 
2 years experience working in a health and social care setting. 
ICT, Maths and English GCSE grade C or above. 
Clean driving licence and car. 
An interest in mental health. 

Positions are subject to satisfactory CRB check. 

Please supply 2 references along with a complete job history within your CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you do not hear from us to invite you to interview within 2 weeks, please assume that your application was unsuccessful.


Avondalecare is a provider of practical, effective, recovery focused support for persons with poor mental health. We are seeking apprentices to work along side our patient, calm and motivated team that ensure the highest level of support for our clients. We will offer our apprentices full training in a practical working environment and specific qualifications in order to develop and further their new skills.

We are interested in applicants who may have had a desire for higher education. Successful applicants will work within in our Community Team offering specialised support for people recovering from a range of mental illnesses.

Apprentices will be paid at an hourly rate of £3.00-6.00 on a progressive pay scheme, 30-38 hours per week and on a full time basis.

Desirable:GSCE A*-C in Maths, English & ICT. Full UK Driving Licence.

Please send a CV with two references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.