Project Details

Start date: 01 jun 2018
End date: 01 jun 2019
Term: Long Term (1 Month to a Year)
Category: SOCIAL
Country: United Kingdom
State: Canterbury or Dover.
Airport: Aeropuerto de Londres-Heathrow (LHR)
Cost: 40
Currency: Libras GBP
Minimum Age: 20


Volcare is a small charity in south east Kent providing home based respite care to carers of elderly and/or disabled dependents with special needs

Work And Activities

Volunteers will help by getting to know the carer and cared for person and the daily routine and personal care needed by each individual family. Volunteers will then take over the carer’s role for occasional periods of time ranging from one day up to one to two weeks. Companionship is a very important part of the role. Volcare help carers caring for people with: Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, head injuries, learning disabilities, Autism, and many more conditions.

Accommodation And Food

Volunteers will either stay in a house where there are 4 volunteers in Canterbury or a flat/apartment where there are two volunteers in Dover. All facilities are provided, including wifi internet and there is a telephone to receive incoming calls which accepts international cards. Volcare will provide volunteers with a food and pocket money allowance.


The placements are in two locations in Kent. One is Dover and the other is Canterbury.

CONCUKLTV02A starting on 30th June is based in Canterbury.
CONCUKLTV02D starting on 14th October is based in Dover.


Excellent communication skills and an interest in people are absolutely essential. This will ideally suit someone wanting a career in social work, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy etc. Volcare provides all of the support and training. This is a great opportunity for the right volunteer. Volunteers need to use public transport on a regular basis to visit families so volunteers will need to be able to use timetables and maps. All travel required within the project will be paid for. This project is only open to female volunteers.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Volunteers who are interested in this position need to request an information/application pack.

Applicants should read the information pack thoroughly before submitting an application, which should include 2 professional referees. If you are successful at this stage a phone interview will be conducted. Then if the volunteer is successful we will require a CGC/police check.

ACCESSIBILITY: Volunteers need to have a reasonable level of physical fitness.


TRAINING: You will receive a comprehensive training and induction programme which covers topics such as first aid, medication, and moving/handling people safely.

HOLIDAY: It is important that volunteers are able to take breaks from their volunteering role in order to relax and recharge their energy. Approximately every four months the volunteer completes they will be able to take one week’s break with their weekly expenses paid.