Celebration of volunteering

Let’s Celebrate Volunteering
There are many reasons why people volunteer but let’s not forget how much difference volunteering makes to so many. . . particularly in times like these!

Canterbury District Volunteer Centre

Since 2007 the Canterbury District Volunteer Centre has been supporting, promoting and developing volunteering  within the Canterbury District. and providing a number of community services in response to local need.


We aim to support, promote and develop volunteering  within the Canterbury District for charities, voluntary or community groups’ not for profit organizations as well as Public Sector organizations.

Referral and Support of Volunteers

One of the core functions of any Volunteer Centre or Bureau is the referral of volunteers. On average, we deal with approximately 1000 volunteers per year. Our aim is to match up the skills of volunteers with the volunteering
opportunities offered by organizations.

Social Transport

This scheme is aimed at the provision of a low-cost service utilizing volunteer drivers (who use their own car to transport people to and from medical and social appointments.


We operate a face to face and telephone befriending service matching individuals who are isolated or lonely with volunteers who look for social contact and support on a regular basis.


We run regular workshops and training session for both volunteers and organizations that utilize volunteers.

Understand your experience

We define volunteering as any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment, community  or someone (individuals or groups). 

Volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual.