Giving to others can be rewarding – and make you feel good. Simple acts such as helping out a friend or neighbour, making someone a cake or giving someone the time to talk about their worries really do make a difference.
‘When I started volunteering, I felt nervous – but I was made to feel really welcome. After a bit I realised that I did have something to offer – and it was great knowing I had made a difference. Now I feel part of the team and really look forward to going along to help.’
Volunteering can be a fulfilling and worthwhile experience; you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent and it's a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience. It should also be fun!
The range of opportunities is huge. Whatever skills and experience you have, there is something that you can do. In Kent, volunteer centres can help you find the volunteering role that is right for you.Volunteer Centre AshfordBerwick House, Elwick Road, Ashford, Kent; TN23 1PF
Tel: 01233 665535
Tel: 01227 452278
Tel: 01322 272476
Tel: 01304 367898
Tel: 01732 866901
Tel: 01634 362119
Tel: 01474 322729
Tel: 01227 366992
Involve Volunteer Centre Maidstone Town Hall, Middle Row, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1TF
Tel: 01622 67733
Tel: 01732 843346
Medway libraries welcome volunteers to assist with many of the services they offer. They offer opportunities for volunteer drivers for the home library service and for friends of the library service, who help out at library events, take books to people who are housebound and support readers' group. This page will give you more information where you can help and will assist you in applying to become a volunteer
The Medway Voice is a free membership-led organisation open to community and voluntary sectors in Medway. It provides an opportunity to develop networks throughout the sector and gives people an opportunity to be more effectiveHands Rochester Volunteer BureauUnder1roof, 5a New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB
Tel: 01634 830371
Tel: 01732 454785
Tel: 01303 259007
Tel: 01795 473828
Tel: 01322 669292 or 0845 241 2180
Tel: 01843 590935
Tel: 01732 357978
Tel: 01892 540131
Tel: 01892 554438
Tel: 01227 772248
Volunteer Centres Kent
Volunteer Centres Kent is a website dedicated to promoting volunteering in Kent. It includes information about volunteering and volunteering opportunities.
CSV is the UK’s leading volunteering and training charity. It provides volunteering opportunities across the UK and runs a number of Kent-based projects.
Do-it provides information about volunteering and has a national database of volunteering opportunities.
TimeBank is a national charity inspiring and connecting a new generation of people to volunteer in their communities, and enabling charitable organisations and businesses to develop innovative and effective volunteer recruitment programmes.
Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Volunteering isn't the only way that you can help others. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a great resource that provides ideas and experiences of what you can do for those around you. Giving to others can be a great boost to your mental health.