Collecting prescriptions

There is some updated information available for when arranging for someone else to collect prescription during he coronavirus pandemic.

British Red Cross mobility aids

The British Red Cross would like to highlight that, during the current COVID19 climate, that their regional team with continue  delivering mobility aid services, including support to hospital discharges and home deliveries of equipment. Durng this time some of the offices will remain closed or operating reduced opening hours.
 
Clients can still hire wheelchairs and toileting items to be delivered to their home.
 
 
or telephone 0300 456 1914 (and if prompted select option 2)

Ashford Mediation need trained mediators

Ashford Mediation Service are still working and offering a "virtual" support service. They are currently working on one-third capacity but not in a position to train more mediators at this time. 
If you are a trained mediator Ian Redding would be pleased to hear from you - info@ashfordmediation.co.uk

Ashford Borough Council support team

Ashford Borough Council have set up a new Support Team in this unique and troubling environment. 
 
The new team is to assist vulnerable people within our borough, or those that are calling for any help required.
As from today, if you receive any request for help or need assistance, please email the details to : help@ashford.gov.uk
or call 01233 331111 and then press 4.
 
 

British Red Cross NEED volunteers

Following the recent call for volunteers the support generated for the NHS has been staggering. Whilst the NHS volunteer recruit system works its way through the offer we have been asked to focus volunteer support to the British Red Cross.
 
The British Red Cros are asking for people to register their interest in being emergency volunteers to help with the Coronavirus environment. The Red Cross contact is www.redcross.org.uk/kind
 

Free things to do - Ashford Art Centre

Ashford Art Centre have created a virtual classroom for anyone looking for free and creative things to do.
 
There are scheduled activites for every Friday. Then activities include Art (no experience or special equipment required), a bit of literature etc. It is calming, connecting, creatve and FREE
 
The link to the classroom is:-
The class code is 3bivfe2
 
Any problems contact Rhonda Merrick on admin@ashfordartscentre.com - write "free stuff to ndo" in the subject box

Support for the vulnerable

 In what are unprecedented times we can all help by looking out for the more vulnerable in our communities.

Below is the link to the government online register for people to register themselves, or others they are concerned about who are extremely vulnerable:

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus-extremely-vulnerable

Take care of yourself and others!

Hospital site support needed

COVID - 19 response volunteers needed - NHS East Kent Hospitals University - NHS Foundation Trust
 
In addition to the wider community call for support for the NHS there is a need to support in our hospitals themselves. If the role below interests you and/or you want to help please contact Mandy Carliell, Head of Patient & Public Involvement on mandy.carliell@nhs.net
 
Description of Tasks:
* Collecting and delivering Pharmacy drugs to and from wards and departments (no contact with patients)
* Collecting and delivering Pathology items to and from wards and departments (no contact with patients)
* Collecting and delivering wheelchairs to and from wards and departments (no contact with patients)
* Replenishing bstock
* Admin support
* Other ad-hoc duties
 
Skills mrequired: Physically fit, Good communication skills, Compassion. Patience. Full training and support will be given.
Thank you for your support in these unprecedented times. mandy.carliell@nhs.net.

Volunteer drivers for lunchtime meal deliveries

Due to a massive extra demand for Age UK's meals on wheels service, they are looking for drivers who can spare a few hours over the lunchtime period to distribute meals to the elderly - those who are unable to leave their own homes or do their own shopping. For more details or to volunteer your help, please contact Louise on 01233 668765 or email mfo@ageukashford.org.uk

Volunteering with the NHS

As you will have heard and read there is a call for volunteers to support the NHS in this time of need.

What is the NHS Volunteer campaign? Tne NHS Volunteer campaign is a new initiative which looks to help the 1.5 million  Britons with underlying medical conditions who have been asked to stay at home.

What will an NHS Volunteer do?
They will be carrying out "simple but vital" tasks, including driving patients to appointments, delivering medicines from pharmacies, bringing people from hosptital, and making phone calls to check in on people isolating at home. The NHS stresses "your safety is our priority", and that most tasks can be done remotely.

Who can become an NHS Volunteer?
Anyone who is 18 or over, fit and well and with no symptoms of coronavirus, can become a volunteer. People who belong to high-risk groups, such as those who have underlying medical conditions, are pregnant, or over 70, will also be able to offer support via phone.
Patient transport drivers will require an enhanced DBS check before starting voluntary work.

How do I sign up?
You can sign up to become an NHS Volunteer Responder at goodsamapp.org/NHS


Help us to help others...

Ashford Volunteer Centre are working closely with partner support organisations and, specifically, Ashford Borough Council, to collate the amazing support options available to support the people of Ashford. Please help us help others.

We appreciate that current guidelines make support difficult - but not impossible. We will win this battle.
 
How you can help
There is a new online form from Ashford Borough Council for community groups to register what they are doing with the council – so the council has an up to date record of this and can contact groups directly. We would appreciate if you can use this form but also share with any others in your communities who may also be offering support.
 
https://www.ashford.gov.uk/your-community/emergency-planning/health-and-pandemics/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-help-for-the-community/?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=SocialSignIn

Take care and follow the guidelines

It is important at this difficult time that we protect all by following updated guidelines.

We can "stick together, by staying apart"

* Stay at home  -  no unnecessary journeys or social contact
* Only leave home for essential shopping or medical needs
* or...one form of exercise per day
* or...travelling to work if absolutely necessary
* Public gatherings of more than two people are banned - excluding people you live with 
* Police can fine you if you don't follow the rules
Graphic showing new UK rulesGraphic showing new UK rulesGraphic showing new UK rules

DWP updates

Below is a link to the latest update on changes to support those affected by coronavirus 

Job Centre closures

The most recent changes form the JobCentre point-of-view are as follows:-
 
"people receiving benefits do not have to attend JobCentre appointments for 3 months, starting from Thursday, March 19 2020. People will continue to recdeive their benefits as normal but all requirements to attend the Jobcentre are suspended"
 
People can still make applications for benefits online if they are eligible
 

Cinnamon Trust need volunteers

Cinnamon Trust are a UK charity providing support for the elderly and terminally ill with their pets. At this difficult and isolating time there is even more need for communities to support the more vulnerable.
New safety guidelines are in place to support both volunteers and those being supported.
 
If you think you can help please contact Cinnamon Trust on news@cinnamon.org.uk 
 
If someone is self-isolating due to COVID-19, I can help with (please mark with an X):

Urgent dog walking
Taking on a pet
Urgent Transport
Short term fostering
Collecting pet food
Collecting vet medication
 
Recommend a Friend Form here:
https://cinnamon.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/RecommendAFriend.docx
 
 

Helping where we can

As the coronavirus situation changes, almost on a daily basis, the Ashford Volunteer Centre team are endeavouring to help where we can. We are working closely with Ashford Borough Council on the wider borough situation but as much as we can help coordinate the links with support agencies we may not be able to support the many caring local support initiatives that are developing.
We would encourage localised, neighbourly  support to ensure those most vulnerable are helped during these unique and difficult times. 

Help Postcards are available on-line but we can forward to you if you need.

We anticipate providing weekly updates to ensure we can support as the situation changes.

We are conscious that there will be unscrupulous people out there taking advantage of the current environment but we feel the far greater good will prevail.

From the team at Ashford Volunteer Centre we are genuinely thinking of you all. Do take care during these difficult times and if you are aware of localised initiatives do let us know so we can monitor and share where relevant. 

Blossoms of Hope Admin Volunteer

Blossoms of Hope are a local charity whose role is to support adults with mental health difficulties. The charity now has 3 sites and seeks volunteer(s) to help with the increasing workload that comes with their growth.

If you feel you may be able to help (have a look at their work on Facebook...https://en-gb.facebook.com/BlossomsOfHopeGardens/) please contact Jacqueline Roake on blossomsofhope@hotmail.com or by mobile - 07706 708272.

Find a Voice Accountancy Volunteer

Find a Voice supports people of all ages who have severe speech, language and communication needs by providing access to life enhancing advice, equipment and training.
 
The charity is currently looking for someone with accountancy experience and specifically working with Sage.
 
If you might be able to help contact Paul Hewitt, interim General Manager, on admin@findavoice.org.uk
 

Be an IT buddy

Ashford Gateway are looking, through their Kent Digital Inclusion/Time2Give programme, competent people to become IT buddies. 
Volunteers will help library initiatives and their ysers to build their confidence to access and use online services, by developing their experience using the internet, and introducing them to tools created by the University of Kent.
 
A DBS will be requested and the criteria is for volunteers 16+
 
For more information contact libraryvolunteers@kent.gov.uk or 03000 416996. Alternatively contact Caroline Williams on 03000 421 986 (caroline.williams2@kent.gov.uk) and she can forward an information pack.

Be a Plastic-Free Hero

Plastic Free Ashford are looking for like-minded volunteers to help us canvassing the High street to sign up local businesses to their cause. Toolkit and support from the group will be of course provided. 
 
Who we are
Plastic Free Ashford is a volunteer group run by local people with a shared passion. We are associated with the UK-wide campaign from Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to tackle single-use plastic in UK towns and communities.  In order to achieve official ‘SAS Plastic-Free Community’ status for Ashford we need:
  • local businesses to pledge to switch at least three single-use plastics to sustainable alternatives
  • a network of supporting community allies from schools and churches to sports and social groups
  • an ongoing schedule of communal events
 
Our 2020 plastic-free pledge
There is growing concern over the impact that society has on the environment, particularly regarding the widespread and popular use of single-use plastics.
 
Interested in their cause? Then contact Nadege on Plasticfreeashford@outlook.com

Students wanting accountancy experience

We have been approached by 6 “accountancy and business” students to look for experience in a relevant office environment. They are looking to understand the work environment and hopefully put some of their course learnings into practice. Ideally, students would like to help with invoicing and basic double-entry bookkeeping. Students have generally not used a computerised accounting system so any experience along these lines might be a bonus.
What a great opportunity to help some of our local talent – and who knows where the links will go! Ideally students are looking for an opportunity from April 20 through to May 1 2020.
If you can help please feel free to contact Paul Waine at Ashford College on paulwaine@ashfordac.uk or 01732 372941.

Into the Wild woodland project

The March Wood Project CIC help people "achieve and develop through nature".
 
The "Into the Wild" initiative is a 12 week programme looking at all areas of woodland management and conservation - as well as fire lighting techniques, foraging & camp cooking and natural shelters.
It is anticipated that the course will start early Aptil 2020.
 
The course is aimed at adults with mental health and isolation issues. The project would also welcome ex-servicemen.
 
The programme is a 12 week initiative running on Tuesday, 1pm - 3pm - with a mini bus pick u from the Gateway Plus in Ashford. 
 
For further information on how to access and course acceptance/criteria please email info@marchwoodproject.com or call 07909 031034.

Ashford Interfaith Walk & Environment day

The Ashford Interfaith group is delighted to confirm its first Interfaith Walk in AShford. This newly formed group has decided the theme for this first walk will be a celebration of World Environment Day and members will talk about the work they are doing for the environment. There will also be a collections at the start for the Ashford Food Bank.
 
Wednesday, June 3 2020
6pm - 7pm
From St Mary the Virgin, Ashford Town Centre to the Ashford Mosque.
 
FREE light refreshments at start & finish
 
For more information contact Maria on 07739 040916
 
 

Volunteer tours for Fareshare / Foodbank

Fareshare Ashford (Foodbank) are offering site tours for those who mighht be interested in volunteering to support their scheme.
They now providing volunteer tours as follows:
 Thursday 5th March 10am
Thursday 12th March 10am
Thursday 19th March 10am
Thursday 26th March 10am 
They are currently particularly in need of drivers and porters to go on  their van and help with the deliveries. They are also looking for people to help out in the warehouse on a daily basis with picking and packing the deliveries, and doing stock sorting.
If interested email Emma White on emmawhite@faresharekent.org.uk or call the office on 01233 500477.

Bright Future courses (Harlow College)

Bright Future are running a number of longer term courses locally including:-
 
* SIA Door Supervision
* Construction Skills Certification (CSCS) & Skills for Construction
* Moving On (independent living)
* Fresh Start
* Customer Service
* Hospitality
* Working in the Retail Industry
* Mental Wellbeing
 
There are two sessions in Ashford soon...
2nd March 2020 – Fresh Start/ Digital Skills/ Social Media
16th April  2020 – SIA Door Supervision
If you would like to know more and/or book on courses contact the college on eis@harlow-college.ac.uk
(or 01279 868159)

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 madeleine.gray@kab.org.uk

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 enquiries.macmillan@crossroadskent.org
Direct local contact can be made to Samantha West on 0345 095 6701 option 3. sam.macmillan@crossroadskent.org

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
 
Details are via the link here https://www.thecds.org.uk/murder-mystery/
 
If you are unable to be part of this, please do circulate this amongst your friends, clients and associates.
 
We will have a very special appearance from a young lady from Broadstairs called Olivia Rogers follow the link here to hear her fantastic voice https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szrFBcKOWW4
For more information contact Teejay on teejay@thecds.org.uk 

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 contact@ashfordvc.org.uk.

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.
Please contact sbosley@kentmstc.org if you would like to volunteer.

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 volunteering@clarionhg.com

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

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.

Interested? Contact Operations Manager, Gareth Thomas, on 01233 896645 or gareth.thomas@concepttraining.co.uk 
 
Concept are based at:-

Unit 1 and 2 Eden Business Park, South Stour Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 7RS
web: www.concepttraining.co.uk

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

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 ashford@hospicesofhope.co.uk
or on 01233 637737.

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

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

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.clark@pilgrimshospices.org, leaving some contact details and she will give a call to chat it through.
 

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. 
Interested? Contact joe.rawlinson@bitc.org.uk

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.
Contact them today to find out more. www.home-start-ashford.co.uk 01233 647209.

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.
Useful information:
* 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 stephen@thecompanyuk.com - or by mobile on 07712 650568.
Further background is also available on www.thecompanyuk.com

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
 
Areas covered:
Basic life-saving first aid
Workplace health & safety regulations
Managing incidents. 
Priorities of first aid
Treatment of an unconscious casualty
Managing a choking incident
Shock
Resuscitation
Bleeding and minor injuries
 
No formal qualifications are required.
 
For more information or to book your place please contact Lee Robinson on 01233 665535 or via e:mail on lee.robinson@ashfordvc.org.uk.

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 lee.robinson@ashfordvc.org.uk. To ensure courses are suitably attended we will ask for potential attendees to confirm their place by completing an application form.

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 carrollh@bhf.org.uk

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

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.
 
For more information about the roles and to express an interest, contact Bob Shrubb wheelsoftime@ashfordmuseum.org.uk

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
Imago on 01732 454785; 07786 317288 or kathryn.mincer@imago.community      

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
  1. Ambassadors – promote the Swim Champion Programme in your community, encourage people to visit their pool, share the benefits of swimming / aquatic activity
  2. 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
  3. 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   volunteering@versusarthritis.org or telephone on 01246 588082

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 lee.robinson@ashfordvc.org.uk or Ashford Volunteer Centre on 01233 665535.

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 apc.ljenkins@gmail.com on behalf of the Trustees of Appledore Village Hall.

Life drawing

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
 
For more information contact davemartin@cpa.org.uk or call 0750 5657420

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

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 
 
The website is www.lilyscommunity.org which should tell you about the project.
 
Contact Zoe Rodda on zoe@lilyscommunity.org 01227 769555 / 07950614478 
 

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.
If interested...
03000 418800 Or Email: willowcc@kent.gov.uk
 
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.
 
 

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 ali@ledbythewild.co.uk
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.

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…
 
Sainsburys Hamper Collection: https://doodle.com/poll/463775gsvpmnumq9
Warehouse Hamper Packing:  https://doodle.com/poll/y565xmazqcqx8qrn
 
 
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 maddy@ashfordvineyard.org

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.

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 libraryvolunteers@kent.gov.uk or 03000 416996.

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.

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.

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 frank.martin@ylf.org.uk
 

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.willis@cancer.org.uk or 07787 666423
Pop into your nearest shop: Speak to the manager and pick up an application

Princes Trust - young people willing to help

The Princes 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 johnvinson@cxk.org direct to see if your project suits.

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 secretary@victoriaparkashford.uk

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... 
To book on simply send your name, address and contact details to Lee Robinson on 01233 665535 or email lee.robinson@ashfordvc.org.uk

"Skills for Volunteers" course

There are still spaces on the FREE "Skills for Volunteers" course at Ashford Volunteer Centre on Wednesday, November 20th 2019.
To book on simply send your name, address and contact details to Lee Robinson on 01233 665535 or email lee.robinson@ashfordvc.org.uk
 
“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.

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:-
lauren.connor@moat.co.uk - 07711 438512

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
To reserve a place email Yaz Aboubakar on yaz.aboubakar@ashford.gov.uk or call 01233 330388 (please advise of any accessibility needs).

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. 
Interested? Contact Helen Fisher, Volunteer Coordinator, on  07500 833 152 | 0118 958 1712 or e:mail at Helen.Fisher@sustrans.org.uk 

Sue Ryder Charity Shop - Volunteers needed

Sue 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 emma.spanton@suerydercare.org or call Emma or Samantha Rolfe on 01233 640291.

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.

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 info@wyecommunityfarm.org.uk
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.

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.
http://geeco.elementfx.com/
  
The project involves making profit from selling ecoscripts using the accumulated funds to support local ecotourism. 

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.

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.
 

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 
 

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.

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.
Teams may reserve a table by email to info@ashfordlions.org.uk.

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 gwen@kran.org.uk

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 emmawhite@faresharekent.org.uk

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 della@spinningearth.co.uk.

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. 

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. 
If you’re interested in helping, or know someone else who can, please contact Sally on sally@makingmiracles.org.uk

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

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.
Thank you!

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

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 familyline@family-action.org.uk and/or visit www.family-action.org.uk/familyline

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 searching. 
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 vikki.baker@ashford.gov.uk or phone 01233 330440

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 volunteering@versusarthritis.org or telephone on 01246 588082

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: susan.williams@kab.org.uk

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
 

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!

Thank you!


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!!












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.
 
Here you’ll find inspiring volunteering stories, ways to get involved in the week, and free downloadable resources to help make your celebrations a success.
 
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!

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.
 
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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 page.
 
We look forward to hearing from you!