Volunteers are the lifeblood of Maidstone Mencap. Each of the clubs requires the kind-hearted help of volunteers to be able to provide the service we do for vulnerable children and adults with learning difficulties and disabilities.
Many of our volunteers are interested in working with children with special needs, and volunteering provides excellent experience for those considering a career in child education; both in SEN and/or mainstream education. Volunteering will introduce you to like-minded individuals and is a fun way to make a positive contribution to your local community.
Fundraising plays a major part in support of the services we provide at Cobtree Hall for our very special children, adults, and their families.
Please, read through the information below for the different clubs and events that we need volunteers for. If you would like to volunteer, please contact us via the website contact form.
Can you spare a couple of hours to help with our fundraising events?
Cobtree Playschool provides the highest quality of care and education for pre-school children with a learning disability. We ensure they are happy, safe, and secure within our environment. We provide a specialist level of teaching, 1:1 care and a range of resources to encourage the children in their individual interests, learning and development. Playschool runs Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 10 am – 1 pm.
Junior Gateway needs volunteers for their Saturday morning Junior Club, to support us 9.30 to 12.30.
The main purpose of the role is to provide 1:1 support for the children in our care, offering social fun play experiences for them.
Please contact us if you are interested in helping us to help those with learning difficulties, additional needs and disabilities, to enjoy their time in a safe and caring environment.
Job Description – Junior Gateway (1:1 Volunteers)
Youth Club is a social club for young adults aged 16 to 18+ years with a learning difficulty or disability. The club runs two Thursday evenings per month from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
We have opportunities in our local community to go bowling, swimming, trampolining, or have art, cooking, music sessions, making full use of our big hall and the local delights of Mote Park.
Senior Gateway Club welcomes volunteers of all ages to help run our regular Friday night social activities. We need help with setting up and putting away equipment, serving in the tuck-shop, washing-up and, most of all, joining in with the activities – thus enabling our members to fully participate in the fun. All of our volunteers find it very rewarding.