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Volcare - Canterbury and Thanet. A home based respite care service for Carers

Volcare is a home based respite care service for Carers, currently fully funded by Social Services.  It offers Carers the opportunity to have flexible respite care of their choice.

Full time volunteers are introduced to Carers and their families, and visit over a number of weeks in order to get to know the daily routine of care, and very importantly to establish a relationship of friendship and trust.  Volcare can then offer Carers occasional whole days, weekends or even a full week of respite care.  The volunteers take over the Carer’s role completely and can carry out most aspects of personal care including administration of medication, and all general day to day tasks.  The volunteers work within a framework of health and safety guidelines which includes a no lifting policy but they can use hoists etc if they have the appropriate training.  Volcare is a planned service and cannot offer Carers emergency respite.  Volcare is registered with the Care Quality Commission, and has to meet the government’s minimum standards of care.  The service covers the Thanet, Dover and Canterbury districts and Faversham and surrounding villages.

Volcare is a unique service which offers Carers and the people they care for, an alternative to residential respite care.  The volunteers are often recruited from abroad; Volcare provides their accommodation and living expenses.  The service is free at the point of delivery to Carers.

Contact 01227 749400 or email: for more information. 



Who to contact

01227 937740

Where to go

Volcare - Canterbury and Thanet
Reculver Road
Herne Bay


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