Ashford Interfaith Group

The Ashford Interfaith Group will be holding their second event during national Inter Faith Week , 8th - 15th November 2020.

Then group discussion will take place on-line, on the topic of "Peace".

Wednesday November 11 2020: 7pm - 8.30pm:   by Zoom!!

How to join:-
Send an email to with "Zoom Please Evening Gathering" in the subject.

Young peoples independent visitors wanted

The Surrey Independent Visitor Service has young people locally who need volunteers to visit and take them out to do activities.
The role is voluntary and will (normally) involve a young person aged 10-17 who do not have regular contact with a family member and would benefit from a regular visitor.
It will involve one day per month, usually at weekends and a commitment for at least two years. 

Interested and want to know more? Please contact Nicola or Sandy on or 01372 833359, 07815 951168, 07815 707401.

New Befriending referral form available

Ashford Volunteer Centre are pleased to announce ther updated befriending referral form which now includes telephone befriending and letter writing as well as our traditional face-to-face service.
Please note that due to Covid-19 we do have a large waiting list, and home assessment visits and subsequent matches will be dependent on whether it’s safe to go ahead for both parties (so please manage your client’s expectations when filling out the form with them).
Please also be aware that our volunteers are unlikely to have the skills or experience to be matched with someone with moderate or advanced communication issues or mental health difficulties: you therefore might want to consider approaching the support group for their condition first (e.g. Mind or Dementia UK) to see if they can provide more appropriate services.
Please email for a copy of the new form.

Macmillan cake morning raises £92!

Thanks to the Cake Box in Ashford, Tesco Park Farm, Greggs, Warrens Bakery and the Woodpecker Trust for their kind donations – thanks to their delicious baked goodies (and the people who bought them) we raised over £90 for Macmillan Cancer Support!

Coronavirus update for volunteering

The website have issued an update for those wanting to volunteer during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The link is as follows...
You can;
* volunteer outside your home, for example by delivering food and medicine
* volunteer from home, for example by working on a telephone support helpline
* in a workplace, for example an office - if you are volunteering in a workplace, it should meet coronavirus safety standards.

Age UK need more drivers!!

Age UK are looking for more drivers, particularly for weekend deliveries. If you are interested do get in contact with Louise Roberts, Age UK Community Engagement Officer, at the Joe Fagg Community Centre, Stanhope Road
Ashford, TN23 5RF on 01233 668765 or

Macmillan Coffee morning

Macmillan coffee morning
Thursday, September 17th

Ashford Volunteer Centre are hosting a takeaway Macmillan 'coffee' morning (with a difference - no coffee!) from the volunteer centre car park and we’re hoping you’ll have time to stop by for a treat. There will be some delicious cakes and also the chance to win a prize with our ‘guess the sprinkles on the cake’ competition. We will of course be following all the procedures to keep you and us safe, which means we won’t actually be serving coffee at our coffee morning (you’ll just have to enjoy extra cake instead) and we are pricing everything at £1 so nobody has to worry about handling change.

So please come along with a pocket full of pounds and help do your bit for this great cause. We look forward to seeing you next Thursday! If you have missed us it might be an opportunity to shout "hello" from a distance!

P.S. As our stall will be at the front of the car park you won’t be able to park your car.

Feeling Creative? Banners needed!!

Emergency Exit Arts are looking for community groups that would like to use their creative spirit andtake part in a banner-making project. All groups would work withn a lead artist to design large scale banners with na theme of "Lockdown" - and positivity coming out of it. 
Creations would be displayed in shops around the town. The workshops will take place in early October - two days working with the artists.
Four leading artists are waiting to work with successful groups. Interested and want to know more?
Contact Hannah Rushforth on

Space for young people needed

Covid-19 and subsequent social distancing has put pressures on many organisations to continue to support. Sk8side in Ashford has been able to deliver parts of their programme during the summer months but as winter sets in this will become more difficult.
Deirdre O'Neil, project manager, who appreciate hearing from anyone who might have a suitable indoor space and/or warehouse. Any suitable unused building idea to run both their girls skate project and indoor sessions for skateboarders, BMXers and scooter riders.
Any ideas contact Deirdre on or 01233 642156 / 07896 724216 .

Live in Wye??

Do you live in Wye? The the Our Place Wye team would like to hear from you via their ‘conversationnaire’ about Wye Caring For Wye - Curious About Compassion.

The aim is to learn what has worked in the community so far and how these lessons might be taken forward into the future for ongoing and new opportunities in the village. It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.

Please feel free to share this invitation and link with people you know in Wye. It is for everyone local. It will also soon be posted on the Facebook page and distributed with the next OPW Newsletter. They also have a plan in place for assisting people with completing it if this is something people would like.

Please click here to start the conversationnaire: .

For more information - Maria Stuttaford; Covid19 Coordinator: Our Place Wye CIC
email -                     Mobile - 07561600889

CROP P/T Coordinator

CROP is a registered charity supporting older people to improve their lives and wellbeing by helping them to access advocacy, Information, Advice and Guidance

They are currently looking for a Part Time Area Co-ordinator for East Kent which will be based at their offices in Lenham.

Working Hours: 21 hrs per week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
Salary:  £19,500 (pro rata part time) plus Mileage at 40p per mile
Holiday: Annual leave 25 days’ FTE (plus Bank Holidays)

Supporting a small team, the role will involve focusing on and managing Volunteers and Client referrals in the East Kent Area. A working knowledge of Benefit Entitlements, particularly experience and understanding of applying for Attendance Allowance, PIP and supporting Appeals would be an advantage.  The work is varied and interesting.
For full details on our organisation please see our website:
To ask for an application and apply please email or ring Debbie or Barbara on 01622 851200

Voluntary Secretary of the Trustee Board

Voluntary Secretary of the Trustee Board

Ashford Mediation Service are looking for a Voluntary Secretary for their Trustee Board. The role is to ensure that the organisation complies with its governing documents, with charity law, and with any legislation or regulation relevant to the services it provides and how it provides them.
Responsible to the Board of Trustees the position will be challenging but equally fulfilling. It may also provide experience for life skills in general and for enhancing your CV.
The role will include:-
Upholding legal requirements
Ensuring meetings are effectively organised and minuted
Maintaining effective records and administration
Communication and correspondence
Starting to sound interesting. For a no obligation chat contact Ian Redding on or call on 07845 914838

Essential Digital Skills FREE

SEK - Social Enterprise Kent have a great (and FREE!) course coming up in Ashford.
They have 20 places.
The only criteria:- delegates must be either unemployed or economically inactive. Laptops will be provided, classes will maintain full social distancing and strict health & safety measures, and the training will be focused on real-world knowledge and practical skills.
For further information, dates, and to sign up, call 01227 469971 or email
Accessing a computer
Typing & Word Processing
Online security & safety
Managing Online transactions
IT problem solving

We're recruiting!

Thanks to some generous funding from Kent Community Foundation and others, we are recruiting for three temporary positions...
Community Car Scheme Development Officer -  full time - 12 month fixed-term contract APPLY NOW!
We will also be recruiting for a Befriending Coordinator Reaching Further (16 hrs a week - 6 month fixed-term contract) and Finance Coordinator (7.5 hours a week - 12 month contract) which will be advertised in the next few weeks on Jobs In Kent. All have a short application period so if you’re interested, please apply straight away!

CROP are recruiting

Area Co-ordinator for East Kent
Location: Lenham
Working hours: 21hrs per week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday)
Salary: £19,500 (pro rata, part time) plus mileage at 40p per mile
Holiday: 25 days’ FTE (plus Bank Holidays)
Supporting a small team, this role will involve focusing on and managing volunteers and client referrals in the East Kent area. A working knowledge of benefit entitlements, particularly experience and understanding of applying for Attendance Allowance, PIP and supporting appeals would be an advantage.  The work is varied and interesting, focusing on a range of issues from benefits to housing/council, or simply providing a voice to ensure a person’s views are listened to. As part of the role you also undertake your own case work. You will be the first point of contact for your volunteers, acting as their sounding board and training partner. There is some networking, raising the profile of CROP and support in recruiting new volunteers. As part of the team you will be fully supported with on-going training throughout your journey with CROP.
For an application form email or call Debbie or Barbara on 01622 851200

Fundraise for the RNLI this bank holiday

The Royal National Lifeboat Association are looking for a few volunteers to help raise funds at the Ashford Outlet over the August Bank Holiday weekend (Saturday and Sunday). If you can spare at least four hours between 10am and 6pm then email Graham at or call him on 07793 453088 – as a thank you you’ll get a 20% discount at the Helly Hansen store too!

Telephone Signposting & Info volunteer

The Silver Line helpline for older people are looking for signposting and information volunteers. 

You will be helping older people to access and connect with services in their local area. Through research and making telephone calls on the person's behalf, your input and support will help empower them to become more confident and less isolated.

This role can be home-based and reliant on a DBS check and two references.

If you have a desire to help older people then contact Kenneth Dale, Volunteer Coordinator, Connects Service on 0203 409 3872, Mobile 07483 025973   Extension  257

Age UK Ashford volunteers wanted

Age UK Ashford are looking for weekend delivery drivers as they have expanded their meal delivery service to 7 days per week due to increased demand.

They also need a volunteer with admin experience and computer skills to assist with their volunteer coordination and befriending service. The candidates will need to have an eye for detail!

The Age UK services are slowly coming back to the centre at Farrow Court, off the Stanhope ring-road. In order to keep it safe they would appreciate anyone who might help with keeping the area tidy and clean.

Any of these of interest? Contact Louise Roberts on or 01233 668765.

Learn skills at The Woolshed

Wye Community Farms “Woolshed” are offering volunteering and work experience opportunities.

Learn new skills and improve your confidence at The Woolshed, Wye Community Farm’s mini-mill where we turn the fleece from our sheep into beautiful, sustainable products. Friendly sessions held every Wednesday.
Transport provided from Wye village, which is well served by bus and train. For further information and to book your FREE place, contact us at

The first session will be Wednesday, 2 September, every Wednesday from then on

Food donation pick up volunteer drivers required

Beaver Community Trusts Light Bite café are looking for a volunteer driver to help pick up food donations from various supermarkets and suppliers.

The pick ups include:-
Pick up 1: Monday and Wednesdays between 8am – 9am
Pick up 2: Monday and Wednesdays between 9am – 10am
Pick up 3: Tuesday, 8am

A fuel allowance of 45p per mile is provided with all collectiosn delivered to the Willow Centres “Lightbites” café.

Interested? Call Sheila Tong on 03000 412950 or email her on

Parish Council Volunteer Treasurer

During lockdown many have highlighted their "genius" - their unique skills that might help their local communities more.

Many have promoted their aptitude with numbers! If you have accountancy skills or qualifications or a natural skill with numbers then Appledore Parish Council might like to hear from you.

They are looking for Treasurer support. If you think this is something you would like to know a little more about or are interested in please contact Lyndsey Jenkins, Appledore Parish Council Trustee on

Volunteer outdoors - Willow Bushcraft

With weather like this who wouldn't want to volunteer outside - under the shade of a tree?

Lisa and the team at Willow Bush Craft at March Wood are looking for people who might have a little time on their hands.
Do you want to help and meet new people in a unique environment?

At their base at March Wood they have plenty of odd jobs, painting, putting up guttering, woodland conservation...and much, much more.
In return they will provide lunch, drinks (kettle from a woodland fire!) and a friendly face.

Come along to the "Feel Good Friday Volunteer Club"...10am - 2pm.   ADULTS ONLY.

For available dates and bokin please visit  - - please use the drop down arrow on the website to view all the available dates

E-Mail Lisa on Directions via Google Maps - March Wood, Ashford

Family Activity Days - Help wanted

Local charity, The Hope Tree, are looking for volunteers to help with a series of Family Activity Days in August (20th, 21st, 24th) The events are running between 10am and 3pm at Repton Connect, Repton Community Centre, Repton Avenue, Ashford TN23 3RX.

The days are designed for families to have fun away from their homes. 

Interested in helping? Email or call them on 07444 299575. 

Drivers for food deliveries

Repton Connect is a community centre run by Repton Community Trust made up of local people.
The trust’s vision is: Putting the heart in Repton. It’s mission – ton provide an excellent place for people to connect and build community.

Repton Connect Community Centre are looking for volunteer drivers to help pick up and deliver food to people in need throughout Ashford. They run 'The People's Pantry' a community led food bank providing food, hygiene items and cleaning products. They are looking for someone to help support the project on an ad hoc basis (probably no more than a few deliveries/pick -ups every week). Mileage would of course be paid. They will also supply masks, gloves and sanitiser to help ensure pick- ups/deliveries are as Covid safe as possible. They would also fund a DBS check if you don't already have one.
Please contact us for more information Tel:01233 808023.

Dads Unlimited community support

Dads Unlimited is a charity that offers practical advice and guidance on the legal and emotional issues around separation/divorce and access to children; it aims to support a Dad, be him Single, Married, Widowed or Full-Time Carer, on everything to do with Parenting, their Mental Health and their Emotions; and then develop a community of Dads.
The Dads Unlimited charity have been given the use of some land, just outside Ashford, over the summer months to use as a camping area for separated families.

They are looking for a campsite volunteer to assist in maintaining the site and being on-hand for when they have families to stay. For anyone that would be willing to volunteer, they would need an enhanced DBS in place or completed as they will be directly in contact with children. Preferred that you also undertake Safeguarding Children - Level 1.
Interested? Contact Frances Hunt, Community Outreach Director by email on or 01233 680159.
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RNLI collectors needed

RNLI are looking for bucket collectors to support them at the McArthur Glen Outlet centre in Ashford over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Dates plans run from Saturday 29th August 2020 to Monday 31st August 2020 inclusive. There will be a planned rota so you will not be expected to cover the whole time!!
There will have a maximum of 6 collectors at any one point and will be working in groups of two. RNLI will be providing all of the necessary equipment.
As a thank you anyone that volunteers over the weekend will receive a 10% discount in the Helly Hansen store in the outlet.
Interested? Contact Graham Paine for more information or to sign up on -

Volunteer with Rare Breeds

We have been highlighted to volunteering opportunities at the Rare Breeds Centre at Highlands Farm, Woodchurch. The centre opening will be staggered and the volunteer coordinator, Paul Harris, is looking for volunteers for basic support like directing visitors to the parking areas. Volunteers will always be working with someone else and PPE will be provided. Training and on-site briefing will be conducted before commencement of the role.

Paul is looking for people to help any day of the week between 10am and 2pm. Please contact Paul by email if you are interested and/or want a little more information (

Supporting vulnerable disabled people

Centre for Independent Living Kent is a registered charity providing practical support, information and advice to help people living with disabilities.
Find out or on Facebook
CILK has seen through its social media channels and from their community partners that there are large numbers of isolated disabled people at risk of slipping through the net and have a new project called Operation Safety Net. 
Volunteers for this project will
• Make regular welfare/befriending calls to isolated disabled people
• Signpost beneficiaries to appropriate sources of support.
• Assess and log each client's health and wellbeing 
• Record all client interactions
CILK are looking for friendly, empathetic listeners with good IT and admin skills
All volunteers will undertake a DBS check
Comprehensive training will bne provided.

Volunteers will work from home and call at least one client per week (more depending on how much time you are able to offer). We expect each call and recording information from the call to take one hour.

For more details contact Neville Dack (Project Lead) on 07494 490505 or

Gardening Volunteers needed

Are you a passionate gardener and would like to help out in your local community?
Live Well Kent, is part of Shaw Trust, a national charity, and supports those with mental health issues improve their health and wellbeing throughout Kent. We support clients with a range of mental health issues to access support and services within a network of providers. As a gardening volunteer, you will be supporting a local project for a national charity that helps people facing disadvantage gain skills, find work and take control of their futures. You will use your gardening or horticultural skills to maintain the project gardens. 
Good to excellent gardening or horticultural skills and previous experience.  Ability to work practically and to contribute to the general aims of the Shaw Trust. To be physically fit and able to cope with the demands of the role.
Although the centre is currently closed due to Covid 19 restrictions- we are planning our re-opening in the coming months. We ask people to give two hours per month as a minimum, although many of our volunteers give more than this. The centre will be open Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. This role requires a DBS check due to the vulnerable clients who may be on site. We will pay reasonable travel expenses. Volunteers need to be aged over 18.

Lightbites Café Summer Meals

Lightbites cafe runs from the Willow Centre, Brookfield Road, Ashford. The café will provide free hot meals from July 23 2020 for the duration of the summer holidays and has a limited number of food boxes and feminine hygiene products available.

All containers used at the cafe are reusable so please bring them back to be refilled.

Pick up times are between 12pm - 2pm, Monday - Friday. Pick ups are to happen from the conservatory door which is shown in the picture above and all social distancing measures need to be adhered to.

For more information please contact - Sheila Tong on 03000 412950 or call the café on 03000 420551.

Grub from the Hub

"Grub from the Hub"
Starting on July 21 2020, for the duration of the summer holidays, free lunches will be provided from the Stanhope Community Hub every Tuesday and Thursday for the community.

All you need to do is book a time slot (first come, first served) and choose your lunch option (found on Facebook page) and pick up your lunch from the Hub.

How to book:
Email Holly at or message us through the Stanhope Community Hub Facebook Page. For further information call 07949 332 911. 

Help Sands with their web page?

East Kent Sands ( provide a unique support service to families who have suffered the loss of a baby. Sadly, this effects 15 families every day. Their support covers a wide range of help on dealing with the death of a baby – from some of the practical considerations, how best to keep special memories through to how to plan for the future.

Many will know that the Memorial Gardens in Ashford Town Centre includes the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden.

Chris Twydell, from the charity, would be happy to hear from anyone with suitable creative talent to help design a new website for the group. At the same time the group are also looking for a new logo for the garden. Fit the bill? Then get in touch with Chris on 01233 643976/07511 021636 or via email 

Of course, at what is already a difficult time, if you (or anyone you know) is suffering from such a loss the group would be pleased to listen and help.

Holding On Letting Go - help a bereaved child

Holding On Letting Go is a Kent-based charity that helps children to cope with the death of someone close to them.

They have a number of roles recently available for 11 weekends a year maximum (committing to very least 3):-

Child Helper – Sittingbourne (8 weekends a year); Broadstairs (2 weekends a year); Sevenoaks (1 weekend a year). This role involves working alongside a child/young person on a bereavement support weekend.
General Duty Volunteer – expectations as above with this role to work alongside Programme Manager, Assistants and Group Leaders.
Driver – based at options above and providing transport for children/young people and their parent/carer.
Kitchen- washing, preparing and cooking food.

For more information contact the central point by email – ; telephone or 03445 611511 or contact Programme Assistant Caroline Holman on

Scouting in Ashford

Ashford District Explorer Scouts are looking for volunteers and have a 4 week offer to see if you would like to take any interest forward. 

They have a range of roles that could include supporting young people to behind the scenes. In fact, any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Interested? Contact Nick O’Callaghan on 07976 894904 or email 

Healthwatch UK

Healthwatch Kent is the county’s health and social care champion.
They exist to make sure people are at the heart of care. Volunteers are at the heart of everything they do from listening to people to making decisions about Healthwatch’s priorities.

Healthwqatch are currently looking for volunteers to help people have their say on health and social care, report on services, raise awareness and sharing their professional skills. 
If you would like to know more contact or have a look online

Foodbank Warehouse Volunteers

The Ashford Fareshare Foodbank warehouse are currently looking for warehouse assistants (although would welcome a cleaner or two).
The warehouse offers a great working environment although will involve some heavy lifting. There is also a need for volunteers to be able to work independently at times.

Shifts are 9am – 12.30pm or 12pm – 4pm.

If interested or want to know more information contact Emma White on 01233 500477 or by email on

Friends of Victoria Park

The Friends of Victoria Park support the development of the park as the jewel in the Boroughs crown.
This Summer they had many planned events, including their Summer Series, Family Fun Run, Big Butterfly Count and British Spring Clean Litter Pick. These, and others have had to be cancelled.
However, these unfortunate events have given many people the opportunity to spend much more time than usual in the park and shown the importance of local open spaces in our community.

The “Friends” are looking to increase their core team, so that they can create more diverse and resilient events in the future. If you would be interested in joining the committee, or helping with planning events, please do get in touch through email at 

The next general meeting, via zoom, is on 22nd July at 7pm. If you would like to join us then please contact them as above. They will be holding an election for the position of Chair Person during this meeting, and have an update from the Ashford Borough Council on the project.

Healthwatch volunteers needed

Healthwatch support the monitoring of how the NHS and Social Care works.

Now, more than ever, they need volunteers to help gather feedback from people about health and social care services.

Do you have more time on your hands at the moment? Could you volunteer with Healthwatch, even if it is for a short time?

Here are a few ideas to give you a taste of what is needed:

* Volunteers with graphic design or photographic skills
* People able to reach out to communities to build relationships
* working with services such as Care Homes, Cancer or maternity to improve services
* Representing Healthwatch at strategic meetings
* Theming and analysing the feedbackwe hear from the public
* working on the Healthwatch helpline
If you are interested, or wantb to know more, check ou the website or email 

Ashford BME Lets Talk

Ashford BME Association presents  -  Let's Talk!
AShford BME Association is inviting 11-25 year olds to join them for their "Let's Talk" project. 
"Let's Talk" is a platform and safe place for young people top explore issues that effect them. This is an opportunity for your voices to be heard, to take owvership of programme design, service delivery and social action.
Register in advance to join them on a Zoom meeting hosted by Fennie and Golibe on...
* July 17 2020
* 4-5pm

Sands East Kent needs your creative support

East Kent Sands ( provide a unique support service to families who have suffered the loss of a baby. Sadly, this effects 15 families every day. Their support covers a wide range of help on dealing with the death of a baby – from some of the practical considerations, how best to keep special memories through to how to plan for the future.

Many will know that the Memorial Gardens in Ashford Town Centre includes the Ashford Baby Memorial Garden. It is a unique and special place and the local group are looking for a volunteer with some photographic experience to take some suitable pictures of the memorial. They are not necessarily looking for a professional but someone who can take good pics and do it justice.
If you can help, or know someone who can, please contact Chris Twydell from Sands on 01233 643976/07511 021636 or via email 

Chris would also be happy to hear from anyone with suitable creative talent to help design a new website for the group. At the same time the group are also looking for a new logo for the garden. Fit the bill? Then get in touch with Chris.
Of course, at what is already a difficult time, if you (or anyone you know) is suffering from such a loss the group would be pleased to listen and help.

Kids Take Over - volunteers needed

As part of the exciting National Lottery Heritage Fund Project the project Youth Involvement Co-ordinator, Nicola Priest, is looking for 4 young people (or groups of young people) aged 12-18 to create short Video and social media posts based on Victoria Park and Watercress Fields.  
This will be part of a young people's social media Takeover activity in July 2020.
You can film your video or take photos at home, Victoria Park or another outside space - please stick to social distancing guidance.
Ideas suggested include Exercise, Art & Craft, History, Nature, Lockdown or Nicola is happy to hear your ideas.
For more information contact Nicola Priest, Victoria Park Youth Involvement Co-ordinator on Contact deadline is June 30 2020.
Twitter @VictoriaParkABC
Instagram @ victoriaparkashford

Volunteering with NHS/Healthwatch

Healthwatch want to hear from you! Healthwatch are the independent champion for people who use health and social care services in Kent. They are here to make sure those running the services, put people at the heart of care. 

Do you have more time on your hands?

Could you volunteer with Healthwatch?

Healthwatch have many opportunities to get involved:-
* Volunteers with graphic design or photography skills
* Community networkers to build relationships
* Working with services such as care homes, cancer to help improve services
* Representing Healthwatch at strategic meetings
* Theming and analysing the feedback from then public
* Working on the Healthwatch helpline

Interested? Check out the website or email

Young persons Volunteer Befriender

NYAS are currently looking for specific volunteers for Looked After Children in the Kent area. This is a long term commitment to support a young person in care.
If this is an area you would be keen to give time to please look at the following:-
...or contact Helen Caddock (NYAS IV Coordinator) on 0808 808 1001 (freephone); Moble 07920 183656 or by email -

AVC welcomes diversity!!

"Part of Ashford Volunteer Centre's mission is to inspire more people in Ashford to volunteer. One of the core aims in meeting that mission is to "welcome diversity".
At a time when our world is witnessing a pandemic that makes little distinction who it affects, we are also being made aware of another impact on our world with the continued realisation that racial inequality is still with us.
At this time Ashford Volunteer Centre would like to remind all those who support and follow our work that we believe ALL of us deserve to be treated equally and fairly without prejudice or distrimination."

Master potter

"We, who are blended by the Master Potter, come from the kiln of creation in many hues. How can people say one skin is coloured, when each has its own colouration?
What should it matter that one bowl is dark and the other pale, if each is of good design and serves its purpose well?"
Polingaysi Qoyawayma  -  Hopi Elder

Volunteers wanted for Ashford music venue

We need enthusiastic, friendly people to help us with our events and we welcome all ages, from 16 to 96! If you like music and the arts, have a few hours to spare, perhaps you could join our team?  

Each year we host over 50 events at St Mary's Church and Ashford Bandstand and the Revelation Stage at Create Festival.  Volunteering is a chance to see and work with rising stars (such as Johnny Flynn and Ezra Furman) as well as established artists (such as Courtney Pine, Martha Wainwright, The Unthanks and many more!).  And we don't just host music - you can get involved in comedy, films, theatre, talks and children's events too.
The roles we regularly need are Bar, Stewards, Box Office, Technicians, Admin and Marketing. 

Interested in finding out more? Visit

Volunteer roles at Ashford Mediation Services

Ashford Mediation Service provides a free mediation service to residents of the borough of Ashford experiencing conflict or dispute with others. This varies from issues with neighbours through to disputes within the family, and includes child access.
AMS are currently looking for a range of volunteers to support their crucial work. There are three roles requiring particular skills that they would be interested in talking to people about…
  • Those who can help with IT, such as with website but particularly social media and Wordpress. The role would probably require 2-3 hours per week.
  • A training and development officer who could help the training support for AMS’s 23 (and growing) mediators and basic skills around CPD approach – building to a new mediators programme.
  • A PA/secretary to the Board of Trustees (who would logically be a Trustee too).
If any of these roles seem of interest then why not make contact for a no-obligation chat?  
Contact Ian Redding, Development Director, on 07845 914838 or email

The Power of Youth campaign

The #PowerOfYouth campaign

During this global pandemic, now more than ever we need to work with young people. We need young people alongside us, to respond to this crisis and to build a better future. We are in this together - so we must work together.

Some young people have felt excluded from the conversation on coronavirus. Their appetite and efforts to help others through this crisis -  as siblings, friends, carers and volunteers - need to be recognised. 

The Power of Youth campaign is a nationwide collaborative effort in response to the pandemic aiming to celebrate young people's contributions, empower more to take positive action and ensure that their voices help shape the future.The Power of Youth campaign starts today, Wednesday, June 2 2020.

Get involved by looking up #PowerOfYouth

NHS survey - your thoughts matter

Below is a message from our NHS colleagues...

Dear Kent resident
The NHS across Kent and Medway has risen to the challenge of responding to the initial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Clinicians and thousands of support staff have worked tirelessly to care for the most seriously ill whilst maintaining other essential urgent services. Together with our partners we are now planning to restart health services which we have had to pause. The virus is still with us and we need to stay alert to keep further spread as low as possible.

We have launched an online survey for patients and families so that we can find out about what you think of changes that we had to put in place such as moving many appointments to telephone, video or online consultations. We also want to find out why some people stayed away from NHS services and about your views on appointments being delayed. This will inform what we do next, and how we reassure the public  about the safety of NHS services whilst Coronavirus is still around. 
Complete the survey now
Please respond to the survey here:  It is open until 15th June. Please also share it with family and friends so we can get as many views as possible.

Thank you to all of our volunteers!

The beginning of June marks national Volunteer Week. Under normal circumstances we would open our doors for tea and cake and celebrate the contribution of our fantastic volunteers, but with social distancing still in force it will have to be a virtual afternoon tea next week!

For now, we would like to extend a very special thank you to our volunteer befrienders (many of whom are continuing to keep in touch with their befriendees by phone or by writing letters); to our wonderful drivers and the office staff who help us run such a vital community car service; and to the many volunteers who have stepped forward to offer their time and resources during the coronavirus pandemic.

A big thank you to each and every one of you from the team at AVC!

Does Breadmaking appeal?

One of our core offers - Time4Ashford (Timebanking) - very much fits into the ethos of the current climate...neighbours helping neighbours. 
We highlight this as one of our Timebanking members is offering something that might be of minterest to many as is something that has been seen more of late (remember no flour)
Artisan baker and Timebank member, Arturo, will be running a free on-line bread-making session on Saturday, June 6th 2020, from 4.30-6pm.
It is ideal for people who want to learn how to make simple and quick bakery products.
Arturo says, "The whole family can participate. Only basic ingredients and utensils are required, which are normally found in the kitchen. As it is for beginners, there is no need to knead, raise or bake the dough in the oven. Only a frying pan and a stove is needed."
The aim is to make one bread dough and two products: enriched tortillas, for all kinds of wraps, and bread rolls to combine with sweet and savoury side dishes.
The workshop will likely take place via the Zoom app. This will be open initially for Timebank members but it is hoped there will be spaces to extend the invitation.
If this, or Timebanking generally, is of interest please contact Leah/Sally "the Timebanking Ladies" on for more information

One You Q & A Facebook Live

One You Shop in Ashford (Park Mall) remains closed. However, One You Kent service is still processing referrals and offering telephone support.

Facebook Live sessions will commence Tuesday, 26 May 2020 with Q&A sessions at 11am (Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays). Join them live on One You Facebook Page. Support for quitting smoking, losing weight or just generally feeling better.

Any queries contact Kathryn Swinney on or 07880 275766

Crisis Project-connect with NHS workers

The Crisis Project is a campaign aimed to raise awareness and take acton, harnessing the positive power of social media. Through this project a small admin team are asking people to connect with our NHS workers by letter. More importantly they are looking for key workers who would value a contact at this difficult time...and beyond. 
Please see the link above and/or contact Mya on

FREE Dance & Pilates classes for over 50's

Ashfordbased Jasmin Vardimon Company has been committed to supporting dance enthusiasts and the wider community during the Covid-19 crisis.
Led by our friendly dance practitioners, we have regualr attendees for our Dance for Vitality (50+), Pilates for Beginners and relaxing evening Breath & Flexibility sessions.
No prior experience is necesary, just comfortable clothing, enough space to move gentlyandaccess to a computer or mobile device.
We invite you to give our classes a try, to be inspired, beat stress and anxiety and above all enjoy dancing!
Our full timetable is available via Zoom on our website, classes are free of charge until the end of May
For more informationn please contact Carole Wheeler, Communications Manager: // 07497 189238

Thank you to our funders

We don't say it enough but a HUGE THANK YOU to all of the funders of Ashford Volunteer Centre.
We couldn't do without your help, particularly at this unprecidented time. Thank you!
Without our funders none of our services would be possible - thank you so much!
For a list of all our funders see our page 'Who We Are' on our website.

Mental health support for young people

As we remain in a period of restriction due to the coronavirus, some young people may be finding the situation particularly difficult to deal with, so we wanted to highlight the support which is available to them and their families…
If a young person or their parents are not sure what support is needed, then they can call the Single Point of Access (SPA) on 0300 123 4496 to talk through what information, advice and support might be appropriate. This is also the number to call if a young person needs urgent mental health support.
For people of all ages needing immediate mental health support, just text the word ‘Kent’ to 85258. This is a new 24/7 text service provided by SHOUT and the Crisis Text Line as part of the Kent and Medway Release the Pressure campaign.
Other services that young people can access directly are:

Active Food Deliveries - Covid-19

Ashford Borough Council are highlighting, through their website, businesses in the borough of Ashford who are offering food delivery services.
Through the link below you are able to utilise filters on a map to search by food type or area of the borough.

Separated Families questionnaire

In conjunction with a number of charities Dads Unlimited have designed a quick (12 question) survey to understand how separated families are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please share this survey in order that Dads Unlimited and others can help further.
The link to the survey can be found here:
The survey is completely anonymous.
For further information contact Nav Mirza on

Newsletter from the Mayor of Ashford

 Here is a newsletter from the Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Jenny Webb.
Ashford Volunteer Centre have been working tirelessly to support Ashford Borough Council and the local voluntary groups and individuals, in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis.  We thank the Mayor of Ashford for mentioning us in her blog, for the recognition of our hard work and dedication in reaching out to our communities.  
We have a fantastic team here at Ashford Volunteer Centre and will continue to work together to achieve a greater sense of community spirit.
Please feel free to read Councillor Jenny Webb's blog:-
For further information on our services, please email us at:

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 -

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 :
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

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 - 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:

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
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.

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

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

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.

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
* 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
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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 
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:

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... please contact Jacqueline Roake on 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

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 or 03000 416996. Alternatively contact Caroline Williams on 03000 421 986 ( 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

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 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 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 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
(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

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
Direct local contact can be made to Samantha West on 0345 095 6701 option 3.

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
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
For more information contact Teejay on 

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

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

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.

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 
Concept are based at:-

Unit 1 and 2 Eden Business Park, South Stour Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN23 7RS

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

Visit our website at
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
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 -

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 –

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, 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

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. 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 - or by mobile on 07712 650568.
Further background is also available on

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
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

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 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:  
For more information contact Heather Carroll, Groups and Volunteering Manager, British Heart Foundation on 07384 464 563 or

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

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

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      

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 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 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 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 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 which should tell you about the project.
Contact Zoe Rodda on 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:
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
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:
Warehouse Hamper Packing:
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

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 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

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: 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 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

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

"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
“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:- - 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 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 

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 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
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.
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

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

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

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

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

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 and/or visit

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 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 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:

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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