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Hands Rochester Volunteer Bureau

Hands Rochester Volunteer Centre was established in 1969. It covers the large urban/rural areas of Rochester and Chatham and has been a volunteer centre since 1982. Its office opening hours are from 9.30am to 12.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Schemes and projects

Transport scheme

Its transport scheme is for use by anyone aged 75 years and older who is unable to use public transport due to mobility problems, or who does not have a friend or relative to provide transport. Those people aged less than 75 years may also be able to use the service if they are registered disabled or have a serious health problem which limits their mobility. The scheme enables people to attend essential appointments at hospitals, GPs/clinics, or other important medical appointments.

Befriending and visiting scheme

Volunteers give up an hour or two of their time, once or twice a week, to visit an elderly person in their own home to provide companionship and a listening ear.

Volunteer for Hands' Board of Trustees

Join a team which participates in the decision-making process of the bureau. You should be able to commit to attendance at evening committee meetings held on the third Wednesday of the month. You should be enthusiastic, self-driven and have an interest in furthering the aims of the bureau. All committee members are expected to work within Hands' Equal Opportunity framework.

Recruitment of volunteers

In its role as a volunteer centre it recruits volunteers on behalf of charitable, voluntary and statutory bodies (for charitable and not for profit organisations). Volunteering is open to all and it assists people aged 18 years and older to find suitable and rewarding volunteering work.


Phone: 01634 380030

Email: enquiries@handsrochestervolunteercentre.org

In writing: Hands Rochester Volunteer Centre, Kingsley House, 37 - 39 Balmoral Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 4PF