Volunteers needed for monthly coffee morning
Are you organised, reliable, and looking for a rewarding volunteering opportunity in the Ashford area?
The KAB Ashford Coffee Morning requires one or two new volunteers to help at their group in supportive roles. They are particularly looking for a new person to eventually take over the running of the club, but welcome anyone who may be interested in supporting them.
The club meets once a month on a Wednesday morning in Ashford, and benefits its visually impaired members by way of peer support and a place to socialise.
What would be beneficial but not necessary is someone who has an understanding of visual impairment and a natural empathy, though training and support will be given. It is a very rewarding role, and a fantastic opportunity to both make new friends and make a real difference in the local community.
For more information on this opportunity or the club please contact Madeleine Gray on 01227 763366 or on firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Lindsay Wratten on 18/02/2020 09:56:00
Macmillan cancer support volunteers
Macmillan Crossroads Care Kent & Medway Volunteer Service are in constant need of volunteers.
As a volunteer you could:-
* offer a listerning ear or just be there for someone who needs to talk
* Make someone's day by doing some light housework or gardening
* Make a big difference b helping with a little bit of shopping
* Support someone to get to their healthcare appointment
* Help signpost someone to other helpful organisations
The service helps people living with cancer, and their carers, by providing practical and emotional support and companionship.
Could this be for you?
Call 0345 095 6701 or email@example.com
Direct local contact can be made to Samantha West on 0345 095 6701 option 3. firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Lee Robinson on 10/02/2020 10:16:00
Community Driving School Murder Mystery
The Community Driving School are hosting a Murder Mystery fund raising event on Sunday 1st March 2020.
If you can’t be there, check out the sponsorship opportunities where you can have marketing materials to be distributed amongst the guests.
If you are unable to be part of this, please do circulate this amongst your friends, clients and associates.
Published by Lee Robinson on 10/02/2020 08:56:00
Office Volunteers for our Transport scheme
The Volunteer Transport scheme at Ashford Volunteer Centre provides a critical service to those most at need in the Ashford Borough.
The car service is a non-profit making service where volunteer drivers kindly offer their time and cars to support those members of the community who, due to various life concerns, are unable to use other forms of transport.
In order to ensure that the service runs effectively we are fortunate to have both volunteer drivers and volunteer office workers who support the service during the office opening hours (Monday to Friday, 09.30 – 14.30).
Due to many volunteers moving on we have the need for new volunteers in our office. If you have administration experience, would like to gain some, would enjoy a busy office environment and have a couple of hours available we would like to hear from you.
If you would like a no obligation conversation contact Lindsay on 01233 665535 or send an email on email@example.com.
Published by Lee Robinson on 06/02/2020 12:59:00
Modified by Lee Robinson on 06/02/2020 13:00:00
Kent MS Therapy Centre event volunteers
Location: The University of Kent
About: Our new Kent MS Therapy Centre opened in 2015 and offers first class facilities to support people affected by MS – those that have the condition, their families, friends and those who care for them. KMSTC doesn’t receive any government or NHS funding, and therefore we strongly rely on the success of our fundraising events to keep running. The Making Glitter Strides for MS event, is Kent’s first event glitter run, currently in its second year. The 5km route circles the University of Kent campus, and has a total of 4 glitter stations, where sponsors will shower runners with their chosen biodegradable glitter colour. In 2019, we had over 250 runners, and raised over £10,000 for KMSTC!
Tasks: We are looking for marshals, merchandise & registration volunteers.
Dates: Sunday 11 October 2020
Timings: Between 9am – 4pm, depending on volunteer role.
Number of Volunteers: 35 volunteers in total
Skills needed: General enthusiasm for the event and the charity.
Other info:Clothing – Outdoor clothing (sensible shoes) + marshal high vis provided.
Refreshments – Please bring a flask for hot drinks. Water will be provided.
Parking – There will be ample parking on site, and we will tell volunteers where is best to park closer to the time.
Published by Lee Robinson on 05/02/2020 12:58:00
Modified by Lindsay Wratten on 05/02/2020 13:51:00
Clarion Housing opportunities - Tonbridge
Clarion Futures is a charitable foundation of Clarion housing, delivering one of the country’s largest social investment programmes. We want to help people to develop their futures and maximise the opportunities available to them. Our mission is to provide them with the tools and support they need to overcome their challenges, transforming lives and communities for the better.
Our volunteers support vulnerable groups in society including people with complex needs, young women in recovery from addiction, people with mental health difficulties, people with learning disabilities, older people, vulnerable families and ex-offenders.
We are currently looking for volunteers to work with the elderly in Tonbridge with...
* Gentle Exercise
* Sports & Leisure
* Book Group
Interested and willing to travel to Tonbridge (expenses paid)? Call 0300 333 6712 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Lee Robinson on 05/02/2020 12:23:00
Rack Mount Equipment Cabinet
Ashford Volunteer Centre have recently had a much needed IT
upgrade. As a result we have a redundant Rack Mount Equipment Cabinet (see
attached). Understand these are expensive to buy. If anyone has a need, or
knows someone who does, please let us know. 01233 665535. Contact@ashfordvc.org.uk
Published by Lee Robinson on 31/01/2020 11:25:00
Childcare volunteers needed at Concept
Concept Training are currently looking for a volunteer to work alongside one of their tutors on a Tuesday and Wednesday to support with childcare, whilst a group of mums attend a class.
There is currently a member of staff dedicated looking after the children but support is needed to provide a better experience for the children.
Concept Training are not looking for specific qualifications for this role but an aptitude and patience for working with children is clearly an advantage. Equally if this is a career target for you it may provide great experience for you and your CV.
Concept are based at:-
Unit 1 and 2 Eden Business Park, South Stour Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 7RS
Published by Lee Robinson on 28/01/2020 13:28:00
Dogs Trust Freedom Project - Volunteers needed
The Dogs Trust Freedom Project is a temporary dog fostering service for dogs belonging to people fleeing domestic abuse. The project is looking for dedicated foster carers to care for dogs in their own homes. The ultimate aim of the project is to reunite owners with their dogs once they are safely rehoused. Our carers are integral to that process by offering a safe and secure environment for their beloved pet until that time comes. The Freedom Project covers all costs and provides all food/equipment. Placements last between 6 – 9 months. Carers will be supported by staff throughout the placement.”
Interested? Contact Rebecca Philpott, Freedom Project Assistant at Rebecca.Philpott@dogstrust.org.uk
Visit our website at http://www.dogstrust.org.uk
or call us on: 0800 298 9199
Published by Lee Robinson on 27/01/2020 11:16:00
Modified by Lindsay Wratten on 27/01/2020 11:27:00
Volunteer in retail - Hospice of Hope
Hospice of Hope charity shop in New Rents, Ashford (TN23 1JH) have a volunteer vacancy. They are particularly looking for someone interested in the retail sector.
The team will offer training in areas such as merchandising, till work, shop floor, sorting, decoding etc.
Thkis would be a great opportunity for someone interested in developing skills/career in retail as well as building general confidence.
Interested? Contact the Branch Manager, Debbie Fort, on email@example.com
or on 01233 637737.
Published by Lee Robinson on 27/01/2020 10:16:00
Modified by Lindsay Wratten on 27/01/2020 11:32:00
Help keep our town tidy
Litter is unfortunately a perennial problem, and we all know that apart from looking unsightly it can cause problems for wildlife. That’s why the Willesborough Wombles are looking to recruit more volunteers and set up similar groups in other parts of the town. If you’re interested in forming a group or joining one of their organised litter-picks, please contact Cllr Steve Campkin - Steve.Campkin@ashford.gov.uk
Published by Lindsay Wratten on 24/01/2020 13:06:00
Calling budding gardeners in Willesborough
There are many pockets of community land in Willesborough which could benefit from a bit of TLC. So if you’re handy with the pruning shears, like to get stuck in to the weeding or simply want to get some fresh air and exercise, contact Cllr Steve Campkin to find out when they next meet up – Steve.Campkin@ashford.gov.uk
Published by Lindsay Wratten on 24/01/2020 13:04:00
Singing for Well being volunteers
The Pilgrims Hospice have a volunteer opportunity at the Ashford Hospice within their Wellbeing Services. They are basically looking for a musician who may have some time on a Friday morning to play an instrument to accompany patients and carers at a “Singing for Wellbeing” session. Initially, it’s a pilot for 8 weeks, but if it’s successful, it will continue and may also be taken up at the other two hospice sites. Attached is the specific role description.
If anyone interested wants to find out more about the role, they should email Leanne Clark, Wellbeing Practitioner at Leanne.firstname.lastname@example.org
, leaving some contact details and she will give a call to chat it through.
Published by Lee Robinson on 17/01/2020 12:51:00
Young Secret Volunteer Shoppers Forum
The Prince's Responsible Business Network (Busines in the Community) are looking for young volunteers to be involved in fun mystery shopper event. They are looking for young people (16-24) who would be interested in taking part.
You'll be invited to a two hour session where you will look at live websites.
How to get involved...the next workshop is on Monday, 27 January 2020 (10am - 12.30pm). It will be help at Heathrow Employment & Skills Academy, Newall Road, Hounslow, Middlesex TW6 2AP. Some refreshments on the day.
Published by Lee Robinson on 17/01/2020 11:12:00
Volunteer with Homestart supporting families
Homestart Ashford & District support families in the borough by utilising a dedicated band of volunteers to increase families confidence and independence by:-
- Receiving home visits to offer support, friendship and practical assistance.
- Being reassured that their problems are not unusual or unique.
- Feeling enabled to develop their confidence, strengths and emotional well-being.
- Enjoying the fun and pleasures of family life.
Want to find out how you might help?
The Homestart team are hosting a “Cuppa & Cake” event at Kingsnorth Community Café (TN23 3NZ) on January 22 2020 (12.30pm – 2.30pm).
Come along and find out about volunteering opportunities with Home-Start Ashford & District. Meet some present volunteers whilst enjoying a cuppa and cake.
Published by Lee Robinson on 07/01/2020 16:47:00
Volunteer for History performance
Ashford Revelation are hosting a performance of a Ticket to Ride…highlighting Ashford’s railway history. The production crew are looking for volunteers to support performances.
For the performance they require Stewards to help audiences, when they move from venue to venue, and, also to be on hand when we are stationary at a venue. Ashford Revelation has its own volunteers the performance needs its own volunteers specifically to help guide and direxct the uadience at different locations.
* All stewards will be briefed & receive a copy of the Risk Assessment for the event.
* The Company will be covered by public liability for this show
There will be 6 professional actors, a professional stage manager, an assistant stage manager & a tech operator for the projectors. There are also 6 community choirs working with us on the project.
If you require further information, or would like to apply, contact Stephen Israel, Joint Artistic Director from the company on email@example.com
- or by mobile on 07712 650568.
Published by Lee Robinson on 06/01/2020 10:52:00
Emergency first aid at work course
Ashford Volunteer Centre is hosting a FREE Adult Ed/Response “Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work” course on Tuesday, February 11th 2020.
EFAW courses are recommended for first aiders in workplaces with lower risks. Ideal for smaller workplaces for those who want to take charge in the event of an illness or accident
Basic life-saving first aid
Workplace health & safety regulations
Priorities of first aid
Treatment of an unconscious casualty
Managing a choking incident
Bleeding and minor injuries
No formal qualifications are required.
Published by Lindsay Wratten on 24/12/2019 12:06:00
Skills for volunteers workshop
Find your 'genius'!
Volunteering is an excellent way of developing new skills and using existing ones, as well as a fun way of meeting new people.
It can also be a stepping-stone back into employment.
Ashford Volunteer Centre, in partnership with Response, believes that volunteering should be open to all, but recognises that some people may need a little extra help to get started. It is therefore offering FREE training with lunch and refreshments included.
Skills for Volunteers workshop: Ashford Volunteer Centre - Wednesday, January 22 - 9.30am-2.30pm
Places are limited so early application is recommended.
This course is open to anyone over 19 but may be particularly helpful to the following groups:
Unemployed or low waged people 19+; adults with low skills not engaged in learning
Those in receipt of various benefits; those living in rural areas (travel expenses can be paid)
Women wanting to return to work; people who have never volunteered before.
No formal qualifications are required.
For more information please contact Lee Robinson on 01233 665535 or via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. To ensure courses are suitably attended we will ask for potential attendees to confirm their place by completing an application form.
Published by Lindsay Wratten on 24/12/2019 11:13:00
British Heart Foundation Volunteers needed
The British Heart Foundation are calling for volunteers to support them at their BHF Big Collection at various Tesco stores across the UK on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th February? They are looking for volunteers for quite a few Tescos stores across Kent including Crooksfoot, Ashford and Ashford Park Farm.
Raise funds and put the spotlight on research. Bring your shining smile and join their weekend-long fundraising blockbuster in Tesco stores across the country. We need cash collecting, bucket brandishing stars like you to make this very special weekend a smash-hit!
Sign up to give 2 hours of time as a volunteer collector: bhf.org.uk/heartstars
For more information contact Heather Carroll,
Groups and Volunteering Manager, British Heart Foundation on 07384 464 563 or email@example.com
Published by Lee Robinson on 16/12/2019 11:22:00
Kent Autistic Trust
The Kent Autistic Trust provide local support groups for adults with autism. Through these groups we can offer much needed information and support for anyone affected by autism. The groups give adult with autism the chance to meet and talk with others who share and understand their situation.
Being a group support assistant can be incredibly rewarding. Besides helping others and offering much needed support in your community, it enables you to become more involved with The Kent Autistic Trust’s Family Support activities. Local support groups can offer much needed information and support for autistic adults. The groups gives autistic adults a chance to meet and talk with others who understand their situation.
You do need to devote a few hours a month to facilitate and administrate the group. If you would like to find out more about the role, please either call 01634 405164 or email Emilymay@kentautistic.com
Published by Lee Robinson on 12/12/2019 10:35:00
Modified by Lindsay Wratten on 12/12/2019 12:28:00
Ashford Museum Administration volunteer roles
Ashford Museum has administrative volunteer posts. The role has been split into four roles - participating in the Wheels of Time Scheme.
The roles of Meetings Officer and Membership Officer remain vacant.
The Meeting Officer assist the organisation and minutes of General Meetings and Core Group Meetings. The Core Group generally meet four times per year, in February, June, September and November. The total estimated commitment is c. 62 h per year
The Membership Officer supports maintenance of the Scheme member contacts list.
The role requires approximately 2 hours per month generally with increased activity, registering new sites and updating information for existing sites during the period from October to February requiring an additional 6 h hours per month. The total estimated commitment is c. 54 h per year.
Published by Lee Robinson on 10/12/2019 10:22:00
Imago Telephone Befriending
Imago is a social action charity working across Kent, Medway, East Sussex and London.
We are seeking Telephone Befrienders where our volunteers would attend our Office in Ashford over a couple of hours a week with a list of approximately 5 clients to call.
The aim of the calls is to help a person in need by encouraging and enabling them to become more confident and less lonely and isolated through your conversation and support. You would need to type or write up a short description of the conversation, how they are feeling and note any improvements to enable their progress to be tracked.
There will be a member of staff available to support you if needed and training will be provided. You would be ideal for Telephone Befriending if you have a genuine desire to support people and possess the ability to have fun and to engage in conversation with an older person on a mutual basis, building trust and confidence.
Availability: Thursdays and Fridays between 8.30 am – 5 pm.
References and DBS checks will be carried out for the successful candidate.
Interested?? Contact Kathryn Mincer, Volunteer Coordinator at
Published by Lee Robinson on 09/12/2019 13:53:00
Modified by Lee Robinson on 09/12/2019 13:54:00
Versus Arthritus swimmin volunteers
‘Versus Arthritus’ are still looking for more volunteers with a love for water and swimming. The “Swim Champion” Programme through ‘Versus Arthritis’ (and partnered with Swim England) is designed to encourage people with arthritis to participate in swimming and wider aquatic activity to improve their health.
The programme is looking for
- Ambassadors – promote the Swim Champion Programme in your community, encourage people to visit their pool, share the benefits of swimming / aquatic activity
- Stewards – support people with arthritis before and after their pool session, provide peer support with a friendly welcome at the leisure centre, chat about living with arthritis
- Pool Buddy – support people with arthritis in the pool during the session, provide practical support, help to get in/out of the pool, offer encouragement to keep going
Over 10 million people are living with arthritis in the UK. Could you help? Interested? For more information please see attached form or contact “Versus Arthritis” on firstname.lastname@example.org
or telephone on 01246 588082
Published by Lee Robinson on 26/11/2019 10:48:00
Modified by Lee Robinson on 26/11/2019 10:49:00
FREE Food Safety in Catering Level 2 course
Ashford Volunteer Centre are hosting a Food Safety in Catering – Level 2 course on Wednesday, December 3rd 2019…and it’s FREE (with a free lunch). The session runs from 9.30am (arrival 9.15) – 4.30pm with the potential for a recognised qualification. The course is designed to ensure food handlers are aware of the hazards and controls associated with the types of food they produce.
The course will provide an introduction to…Food Safety: The Law; Food Safety Hazards; Taking Temperatures; Refrigeration, Chilling & Cold holding of foods; Cooking, Hot Holding and Re-heating of foods: Food Handlers; Principles of Safe Storage; Cleaning & Food premises & Equipment. To book your place or for more information contact Lee Robinson on email@example.com
or Ashford Volunteer Centre on 01233 665535.
Published by Lee Robinson on 25/11/2019 14:40:00
Volunteer Treasurer - Appledore Village Hall
Appledore Village Hall is looking a volunteer treasurer. The role would involve keeping the accounts for the village hall in the village. The village hall currently has 5 Trustees.
The Village Hall has a number of regular activities in the hall including Pilates, tai chi, aerobics and choir. In addition the village hall committee put on other fundraising events such as quiz nights, suppers, harvest festivals etc.
The committee are currently trying to set up internet banking which should improve the role.
Duties involve managing the accounts, receiving and paying out money, preparing profit/loss accounts and balance sheets.
Interested? Contact Lyndsey Jenkins on 07795 220909 or firstname.lastname@example.org
on behalf of the Trustees of Appledore Village Hall.
Published by Lee Robinson on 22/11/2019 10:28:00
Modified by Lee Robinson on 22/11/2019 10:29:00
Life drawing at Ashford Volunteer Centre
This informal life drawing group is suitable for all abilities including beginners.
Every Thursday from 2pm-4pm - £10 a session
Published by Lindsay Wratten on 22/11/2019 10:17:00
Stanhope Christmas Family event
Stanhope’s Community Christmas is on Friday, 6 December 3.30pm until 5.30pm
Stanhope Community hub, 67a Otterden Close, Ashford, TN23
The event will be packed with fun activities for the whole family including:
- Santa’s Grotto with a free present for children
- Arts and crafts
- Balloon modelling man
- Hot drinks and refreshments
- Christmas music
- Free Hog Roast
Published by Lee Robinson on 22/11/2019 10:12:00
Lily's Cafe volunteer
Lily’s Community is a not for profit organisation supporting people with learning disabilities and autism into employment and run one (soon to be two) community cafes in Canterbury which provides real work experience for our trainees
They have recently been invited to open a cafe area in The Rainbow Centre in Ashford and receiving referrals for young people. Initially the cafe will only be open on a Wednesday and a Friday.
The café is looking to recruit a volunteer for each day to support the young people in the cafe
Published by Lee Robinson on 21/11/2019 15:52:00
Modified by Lee Robinson on 21/11/2019 15:53:00
ESOL course at The Willow Centre
Would you like to...Speak, write and read more English? Make daily life such as talking to doctors, schools, job centres and shop assistants easier? Get help with daily tasks, such as how to fill in forms? Build your confidence and make new friends?
The Willow Cente arre running an ESOL course starting in January 2020. It is free and there will be a creche but numbers are limited so early booking is required. It is open to all adults not just those with children and as mentioned before early booking is required.
03000 418800 Or Email: email@example.com
Duration: 6 weeks.
Settling-in creche Date: Wednesday 15th January
Time: 9.30am -10.30am
Start date: Wednesday 22nd January
Time: 9.30am - 11.45am
Finish date: Wednesday 4th March
*No session on Wednesday 19th February.
Published by Lee Robinson on 21/11/2019 10:27:00
Modified by Lee Robinson on 21/11/2019 10:32:00
Led by the Wild - Whites Wood Farm
Want to help protect and promote the natural environment? Then come this way - we need your help! We are a very friendly bunch of people, passionate about the environment and conservation, and determined to turn our 30 acre site into a haven for wildlife. We meet every Friday morning, 9am-12 midday - all welcome! Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Led by the Wild is a community organisation operating over a stunning 30 acre site, which includes farm, field and woodland in Aldington. We run projects which span across outdoor education as part of forest school, community well-being projects and conservation. We're passionate about protecting and supporting the natural environment and promoting it as a space for well-being and community. Working with Kent Wildlife Trust we created a conservation plan which includes extending our already flourishing community garden, creating a number of specific conservation areas for flora and fauna, and supporting the varied and amazing ecosystem we already have. But to achieve this plan we need more help! Can you help us?
For more details email Ali (above), check out the website or keep up with their news on Facebook.
Published by Lee Robinson on 13/11/2019 12:01:00
Modified by Lindsay Wratten on 13/11/2019 12:42:00
Ashford Vineyard - together at Christmas
Ashford Vineyard runs a number of amazing groups to support the people of Ashford.
This is particularly the case over the festive period and the team at Vineyard are keen for volunteers to help in their Hamper collection on December 7th. This will include either collecting food at Sainsburys or helping pack support hampers at the Ashford Vineyard warehouse.
If interested sign up via the following links…
Ashford Vineyard are also running a Christmas Carol event on December 15th (4pm – 7pm) and a Christmas eve “chill” on the 24th (23.30).
Finally they are running a Christmas day meal if people would like to be in company. Anyone interested would need to contact Maddy on email@example.com
Published by Lee Robinson on 12/11/2019 14:18:00
Kent Youth County Council
Ashford Volunteer Centre recently attended a Voluntary Sector and Network meeting at Kent County Council headquarters, Sessions House, Maidstone.
One of the individuals met was a young lady called Millie who is part of the Youth council. Kent Youth County Council voices the views and opinions of Kent’s young people.
It helps young people understand the importance of engaging in the democratic process and learn how their vote can make a difference.
Four young people are elected to represent each district in Kent. They are known as memvers. Four deputy members for each area are also elected.
Twelve young people are also elected to community sears.
Each year the new members choose 3 issues to campaign on that are important to young people.
Published by Lee Robinson on 11/11/2019 13:09:00
Touch a New World Buddy - use your IT skills?
Time2Give volunteers help Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives (KLR&A) extend and enrich the services it offers.
Touch a New World (TaNW) Buddies help IT novices at home to build their confidence to access and use library services electronically, by developing their experience of using the internet, and introducing them to email.
Do you think this may be of interest to you? Or you have any questions? Speak to staff at the Ashford Gateway Plus or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
or 03000 416996.
Published by Lee Robinson on 11/11/2019 11:38:00
Ashford Chronic Pain Group AVC attendance
Ashford Volunteer Centre attended the Ashford Chronic Pain Group seminar today (Tuesday, November 5th). It was a very well attended group and provided a great opportunity for us to network with other valuable providers in Ashford.
Published by Lee Robinson on 05/11/2019 14:26:00
Ashford Chronic Pain Group
Ashford Volunteer Centre attended the Ashford Chronic Pain Group seminar today (Tuesday, November 5th). It was a very well attended group and provided a great opportunity for us to network with other valuable providers in Ashford.
People dealing with Chronic Pain on a daily basis often feel lonely, depressed and isolated. This group is well established, as it has been running for 4 years. It is full of life and looks forward to meeting newcomers.
Ashford Chronic Pain Support group was set up to help and support with this issue. The group meet on the first Tuesday of every month at The Riverside Centre. Guest speakers are invited to share information and give informative talks.
Published by Lee Robinson on 05/11/2019 14:17:00
Young Lives Foundation
Young Lives Foundation are a Children's Charity that recruit Volunteers to support young Vulnerable and disadvantaged young people. They are looking for outgoing individuals in Ashford who are able to offer constancy and act a a positive role model to younger people "
If interested please contact Frank Martin, Kent Befriending Coordinator, YLF on 01622 693459 or email@example.com
Published by Lee Robinson on 01/11/2019 10:26:00
Cancer Research UK shops
Cancer Research UK has always been a volunteer-led organisation, right from our board of trustees to our wonderful shop volunteers. The money raised through our shops last year over £80 million, is a testament to the hard work and talent of our shop teams, but we need to recognise the huge potential that still exists to grow our income. In particular, if we can attract more people into our shops and increase customer spend by maximising the appeal of our offer to local shoppers, we will be well on the way to achieving our targets. But we can only do this with the help of our talented and passionate volunteers.
Contact: Ingrid.firstname.lastname@example.org or 07787 666423
Pop into your nearest shop: Speak to the manager and pick up an application
Published by Lee Robinson on 30/10/2019 11:42:00
Princes Trust - young people willing to help
Trust in Ashford have a team of 14 young people with plenty of energy for a
volunteer project as part of their 2019 Programme. Ideally this should the
young people enough work for 3 full days and make a difference to the local
community here in Ashford.Do you have a
project in mind? If so contact John Vinson email@example.com direct to see if your project suits.
Published by Lee Robinson on 29/10/2019 09:07:00
Friends of Victoria Park
The Friends of Victoria Park still have space on their committee for additional members. They are looking for people who would be
able to attend public meetings four times a year and additional monthly evening
committee meetings, with some electronic communication between meetings. They also organise various activities in the park throughout the year. While previous
experience would be great, if you are interested and willing to learn and work
with the existing team, then they would welcome you. f you feel that a position on the committee is not for you, but would like to
help at some of our events e.g. Marshalling, Litter picking etc then please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Lee Robinson on 29/10/2019 09:00:00
Level 2 - Food Safety in Catering course
There are still spaces on the FREE "Food Safety in Catering" course at Ashford Volunteer Centre on Tuesday, December 3rd 2019.
The course is designed to ensure food handlers are aware of the hazards and controls associated with the types of food they produce...including food safety; the law, hazards, taking temperature, refrigeration, cooking, principles of safe storage, equipment and more...
Published by Lee Robinson on 17/10/2019 16:40:00
"Skills for Volunteers" course
There are still spaces on the FREE "Skills for Volunteers" course at Ashford Volunteer Centre on Wednesday, November 20th 2019.
“Skills for Volunteers”
Lee Robinson, from the Ashford Volunteer Centre, is running FREE introduction to volunteering course – with a difference. The sessions run from 9.30am – 2.30pm (latest)…at Ashford Volunteer Centre on
Wednesday, November 20th 2019
A FREE lunch is also available.
The course looks at what you are good at, like to do and your own individual “genius” - when too often we are told of our deficiencies. It will look at helping restore a volunteering ethic to communities whilst boosting individual’s lives, self-esteem, confidence, experience, cv and more. It’s FREE and it’s FUN.
Regardless of where you are this session will help point you in the right direction through volunteering. Turning what you are good at into helping yourself and others.
Published by Lee Robinson on 17/10/2019 16:35:00
Fit & Fed programme on Stanhope
Stanhope Community Hub are hosting a FREE "Fit & Fed" programme during the October half-term. In partnership with Olympia Boxing the sessions (Monday, 21st - Wednesday, 23rd...11am - 2pm) offer a free healthy lunch.
The event takes place at Stanhope Community Hub, 67A Otterden Close, Stanhope TN23 5TH.
For more information or interested contact:-
Published by Lee Robinson on 17/10/2019 09:11:00
Free digital inclusion event
For many of us, going online to buy things, pay bills or keep in touch with friends and family is second nature. However this is not the case for everyone. In fact 23% of adults in Ashford lack all of the basic digital skills they need.
To try and tackle this, Ashford Borough Council has partnered with Barclays Bank, Ashford Gateway and the One You Shop to host a digital inclusion event to equip those who lack the skills or confidence to get online. Computer and laptops will be provided or people can come along with their smartphone, tablet or laptop and take part.
Wednesday, November 13 at Ashford Gateway, Church Road, Ashford TN23 1AS
10:00 – 12:00 Basic digital skills workshop supported by ABC’s digital champions
13:00 – 14:00 How to stay safe and keep personal data safe on-line workshop hosted by Barclays Bank
Published by Lindsay Wratten on 16/10/2019 14:27:00
Sustrans CycleRoute volunteers for Ashford
Sustrans is looking for Volunteer Community Route Volunteers
in Ashford to help keep the many cycle routes in the best possible condition so that everyone can use them for everyday journeys. Our Champions are active, practical people who may clear some overgrown vegetation, clean signs or report potholes to the council when they do regular checks on their routes. Ashford so many off-road cycle paths and Sustrans need more Volunteers to keep them in tiptop condition.
Published by Lee Robinson on 11/10/2019 15:51:00
Sue Ryder Charity Shop - Volunteers needed
Ryder is a charity which was founded in 1953 by Sue Ryder, with the creation of
a nursing home in Suffolk, UK. Sue Ryder supports people with complex needs and
life-threatening illnesses across the UK and internationally. Your local Ashford Charity Shop is in need of volunteers to cover
specific shifts. If you think this maybe for you then just pop in for a chat (8
Singleton Shopping Centre, Ashford TN23 5GR) or email Emma Spanton on email@example.com
or call Emma or Samantha Rolfe on 01233 640291.
Published by Lee Robinson on 10/10/2019 13:43:00
World Homeless Day
Ashford Volunteer Centre joined Kareen McDonald, Ashford Church’s Winter Night Shelter Scheme coordinator, and her team at the Beacon Centre in Bank Street, Ashford for an event, supported by Ashford Borough Council, marking World Homeless Day.
This is the start of a series of events over the coming weeks culminating in a “sleep in” at St Mary's Church, Ashford on December 8 2019.
The gathering highlighted the work of all the agencies involved in supporting homeless people.
Published by Lee Robinson on 10/10/2019 13:16:00
Wye Community Farm – exciting opportunities!
Wye Community Farm is a small not-for-profit organisation that brings together a range of small-scale food and craft enterprises to promote sustainability, offer young people an opportunity to experience working in the countryside, and to create jobs. They currently have four volunteer vacancies. For further details, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Fundraiser – are you able to find suitable funding opportunities, put together grant proposals, coordinate fundraising events and attend events to raise awareness of WCF? This is a great opportunity for someone to be closely involved in the workings of the farm!
Communications and advertising coordinator – could you can plan some advertising (on the radio, news media, magazines and social media) that would increase awareness of the farm and attract more volunteers? If so, WCF would love to hear from you!
Events organiser – could you organise and run events such as the harvest festival and bonfire night, and help make our AGM a community-wide event? We’d love to have someone that can help us raise income from these events.
Membership administrator – are you a stickler for detail? Could you manage the farm’s subscriptions and prepare the annual membership accounts and budget? If you’re organised and have some administrative experience, please get in touch.
Published by Lindsay Wratten on 08/10/2019 12:38:00
Environmental Project - Volunteers needed
The new, start up social enterprise, Geeco, are currently recruiting volunteers for an up and coming environmental project that starts, January 2020.
The project involves making profit from selling ecoscripts using the accumulated funds to support local ecotourism.
Published by Lee Robinson on 07/10/2019 13:20:00
Modified by Lee Robinson on 08/10/2019 11:39:00
Free Health Checks
The NHS are offering FREE Health Checks to any organisations staff members and their clients. The NHS Health Check programme aims to prevent cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes and some forms of dementia.The NHS Health Check programme aims to prevent cardiovascular disease such as heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, diabetes and some forms of dementia.
Published by Lee Robinson on 07/10/2019 10:46:00
Modified by Lee Robinson on 11/10/2019 13:26:00
Volunteer Centre support Guide Dogs Quiz
Lee Robinson, Volunteer Services Coordinator, devised the questions and was quiz-master at the Guide Dogs annula quiz at Lympne Village Hall on Saturday (5th).
Anne Chapman, volunteer for Guide Dogs, had to turn teams away as the hall and quiz were a sell out.
The event was in aid of guide dogs – specifically aimed at raising funds during National Guide Dogs Week.
The evening was a huge success with over £800 raised.
Published by Lee Robinson on 07/10/2019 10:37:00
Citizens Advice Quiz Night
Friends of Ashford Borough Citizens Advice are having a quiz evening (some great prizes) on Oct 19th Sat. 7.00pm at St Michael's, Tenterden Futher details from us on 01233 626185
Published by Lee Robinson on 04/10/2019 09:07:00
ESOL - English classes
If you are interested in improving your English, know someone else who might be interested or work with someone who might benefit from improving The Willow Centre are running a Wednesday course.
The course is aimed at building confidence through every day English language improvement. The course starts on Wednesday, 22nd January 2020 and runs for 6 weeks (9.30am – 12pm). For more information call 03000 418800.
Published by Lee Robinson on 03/10/2019 16:50:00
Ashford Lions Quiz
Ashford Lions are hosting their next charity quiz to raise funds for local charities. The quiz takes place on Saturday 9th November at the Swan Centre, doors open at 7 pm for a 7:30 start. Suggested entry is £3 per person. There will be a cash bar and raffle as part of this charity fundraiser. Teams are very welcome to bring their own food and drinks. Team of up to 8 maximum.
Published by Lee Robinson on 03/10/2019 16:47:00
Modified by Lee Robinson on 03/10/2019 16:48:00
Refugee support volunteers needed
Kent Refugee Action Network works with unaccompanied asylum-seeking children aged 15-18yrs and young people. They run ESOL classes at Ashford Baptist Church on Mondays and Thursdays 9.30am-1.30pm and volunteers are needed to help the teachers with 1:1 and group support. They also need volunteers on a Monday evening to help support our young people at football sessions held at Pitchside on Monday evenings from 7-9pm.
If interested and/or you think you can help please contact Gwen Wilkinson (KRAN Volunteer &Safeguarding Manager) on 07793 586299 or email@example.com
Published by Lee Robinson on 03/10/2019 16:46:00
Fareshare - Foodbank drivers needed
The Foodbank are looking to expand their service offer by adding new volunteer drivers to their operation at Fareshare Kent. Recently they have expanded to using 3 vans on a daily basis instead of 2. If you think you can help please contact Emily White on 01233 500477 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Published by Lee Robinson on 03/10/2019 16:45:00
Wye Community Farm - Volunteers needed
There are a number of opportunities arisen at the Woolshed – part of Wye Community Farm.
They need the following volunteers:-
An administration assistant specifically supporting the management of the Woolshed Events Calendar and its promotion.
Someone with experience and willing to help in funding grants application
A Care Support volunteer on a Monday and/or Thursday to support some of the Woolsheds more vulnerable volunteers and aid them in settling them into their activities.
Finally Fleece processors!! The Woolshed needs volunteers to sort and grade raw sheep fleece, manage it through its washing stages, pick the fibres open and much more…a unique opportunity for the right candidates.
Interested in knowing more about local rural life? For more information contact Della on 07557 040805 or via email on email@example.com
Published by Lee Robinson on 03/10/2019 16:44:00
Pilgrims Hospice Shop - Help needed
The Pilgrims Hospice
Shop in town is in desperate need of volunteers. The Ashford General shop in
Castle Street needs volunteers across Monday to Saturday. The shop is ideally
looking for people who can provide a 2-4 hour shift.
Published by Lee Robinson on 03/10/2019 16:42:00
Making Miracles - Baby Loss volunteers needed
Making Miracles: (Urgent)
Making Miracles has so far supported over 750 families through the trauma of high risk pregnancies and baby loss. They have grown from small beginnings, to a registered charity with a team of Counsellors, Volunteers, and Fundraisers, working across all of Kent.
They are currently getting ready for our biggest ever fundraising appeal - the challenge is to raise £7800 in October, enough money to support 31 local families. The Making Miracles team are arranging a number of new fundraising events and we need volunteer help.
They are looking for volunteers for donation collection at Tesco Extra in Ashford on October 12th (1-3pm or 2-4pm) at any of the following events we would be extremely grateful
This type of collection, especially in busy periods, can raise making miracles hundreds of pounds per hour. No specialist training is required, we just need a smile and hand out our information to shoppers - whilst hopefully collecting donations.
Published by Lee Robinson on 03/10/2019 16:37:00
Mason Mile:Participants-Saturday (5th)
The Mason Mile: (Urgent)
Very short notice but this Saturday sees the launch of Mason Mile in our area. This is a family focused event to bring about behaviour change and challenge us all to do a mile a day, your own way. Be it walking, scooting or running as long as you do a mile a day we are getting outside and active. So if you are free on Saturday (5th) morning between 10 – 2 then please pop along to Victoria Park where there will be organised mile walks every 30 minutes along with inflatables and free give away.
If you think you could volunteer then contact Claire Norman (Ashford Borough Council - Active Communities Partnership Officer) on 07717 806718 or 01233 330247
Published by Lee Robinson on 03/10/2019 16:36:00
Macmillan Coffee Morning - Thank you !
Thank you all for your generous support of our Macmillan Coffee Morning on 27 September 2019 at Ashford Volunteer Centre.
We are feeling super proud as our Coffee Morning raised £110 for Macmillan Cancer Support.
Published by Beth Peal on 03/10/2019 14:52:00
Chilham Parish Recreation Ground Trust
Chilham Parish Recreation Ground Trust, (CPRGT) runs and maintains various activities and facilities in the village of Chilham. There’s a Sports Hall complete with showers, toilets, kitchen and Committee Room. The hall is used for various sporting activities and is heated. Outside there’s a football pitch, MUGA pitch, Children’s Play Area and three flood lit tennis courts.
They are a thriving community but totally reliant upon individuals giving of their time to run these excellent facilities. If you are interested in being involved do get involved with the trust…maybe starting up a new group. They are particularly interested in hearing from women as their Committee is currently comprised almost entirely of men. They strive to be both open and welcoming.
Contact Julian Rankin, Chair CPRGT on 01227 751070
Published by Beth Peal on 11/09/2019 09:23:00
Modified by Beth Peal on 13/09/2019 13:22:00
Family Action seeking FamilyLine Volunteers
Family Action are seeking FamilyLine Volunteers, homebased, to provide free support and guidance on all aspects of family life to parents and carers. The service provides Helpline, Befriending and counselling support via telephone, email and text messaging. The service is offered free. If interested please contact the team on 0808 802 6666; email firstname.lastname@example.org
and/or visit www.family-action.org.uk/familyline
Published by Beth Peal on 10/09/2019 10:22:00
Ashford Borough Council
Ashford Borough Council are looking
for a volunteer to support the Employment & Skills Advisor at Ashford’s Job
Club. The role is required for the session that takes place on Fridays (9.30am
– 1.00pm) at Ashford Gateway, 9.30am – 1pm.
The drop-in Job Club is run in the IT suite at
the Gateway. The Employment & Skills advisor is available to help members
of the public to get online, and give advice & support around job
It’s a friendly & informal environment.
If you are comfortable around computers and
navigating the internet, as well as being comfortable with meeting new
people…you don’t need to have experience in giving careers advice as the
Employment & Skills Advisor takes on this responsibility.
For an informal discussion please contact Vikki
Baker, Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent TN23
1PL via email email@example.com or phone 01233 330440
Published by charmaine baker on 23/08/2019 12:25:00
Modified by Beth Peal on 10/09/2019 10:19:00
Swim Champion Volunteer for Arthritis
Volunteers are needed as “Swim
Champions” for a new programme through ‘Versus Arthritis’ (and partnered with
Swim England). The programme is designed to encourage people with arthritis to
participate in swimming and wider aquatic
activity to improve their health. Swim Champion Volunteers provide support to
people with arthritis whether before, during, or after being in the water
Over 10 million people are living with arthritis
in the UK. Could you help? Interested? For more information please contact
“Versus Arthritis” on firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone on 01246
Published by charmaine baker on 23/08/2019 12:22:00
Modified by Beth Peal on 10/09/2019 10:21:00
Kent Association for The Blind
Kent Association for The Blind supports Visually Impaired People – Having recently partnered with Blind Veterans UK, we have a wide range of volunteering opportunities available. For example, our volunteers help us in many ways, through Befriending, Helping at Clubs & Groups, Driving and Escorting People, Providing Office Support, Fundraising, Helping with our Talking News Service, Public Speaking, Organising Activities & Events and Helping People with Computers. Training and on-going support is available for our volunteers. For more information please contact Susan Williams on 01227 763366 or email: email@example.com
Published by charmaine baker on 23/08/2019 12:18:00
Macmillan Cancer Support Group - Ashford
We run a Cancer Support Group the first friday every month between 10-12 midday at the Volunteer Centre.
The next Macmillan cancer support café is on Friday, September 6, where you can learn about the effect nature has on wellbeing. Come for a drink and a chat, make new friends and access Macmillan support information. There’s no need to book, simply turn up.
Friday, September 6 from 10am-12noon at Berwick House, 8 Elwick Road, Ashford
Published by charmaine baker on 23/08/2019 11:01:00
Modified by Beth Peal on 10/09/2019 10:20:00
Volunteer Week 2018 has arrived
On Friday 1st June Volunteer Week 2018 started.
To start the week off we celebrated with a Volunteer Thank You strawberry tea - with over 50 people attended including Damian Green MP.
A BIG thank you to all our volunteers who make a real difference to people live's across the Borough of Ashford - we couldn't do it without you!
Many thanks to Specsavers in Ashford for sponsoring the event and making it possible - that was brilliant!
Published by Beth Peal on 04/06/2018 12:25:00
Modified by Beth Peal on 04/06/2018 13:02:00
Brave volunteers take the plunge!
The big jump is now done!
Braving the weather, heights, fear of heights and the unknown Lee, Sally and Helen undertook the charity abseil, at St Thomas Place in Maidstone, on 8th April 2018.
The trio successfully raised over £1000 for charity in the process - what a fantastic achievement and thank you!!
Published by Beth Peal on 15/05/2018 09:30:00
Volunteers Week 2018 - coming soon!
Volunteers’ Week is a time to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make.
During the week, hundreds of events and celebrations take place across the country, saying thank you to volunteers and recognising their invaluable and diverse contribution to the UK.
The campaign was established in 1984 by Volunteering England, which merged with NCVO in 2013. NCVO now leads this UK-wide campaign.
More news about what Ashford Volunteer Centre is planning for Volunteers' Week 2018 is coming soon - watch this space!
Published by Beth Peal on 14/05/2018 17:38:00
Modified by Beth Peal on 14/05/2018 17:42:00
Welcome to our new website!
We are excited to announce that our new website is live!
We have redesigned it with you in mind, streamlining menus, simplifying menus, building a responsive layout for all platforms and providing more information on our services.
We encourage everyone to visit and explore the site, discovering the full range of activities from Ashford Volunteer Centre.
To stay connected on social media, don't forget to follow us on Twitter
If you have any questions or feedback you would like to share with our team, please do so by filling out the form on our Contact Us
We look forward to hearing from you!
Published by Beth Peal on 14/05/2018 16:28:00