We have composed a few paragraphs on various charities that we at the Canterbury & Herne Bay Volunteer team support. Many need virtual volunteers, which we are heavily encouraging during these difficult times!
Books 2 Africa
Books2Africa is a UK registered Charity that combines two aims; improving education in Africa as well as reducing damage to the environment through waste in the UK. More than 13 million books per year are sent to landfill, meaning both education and environmental opportunities are being wasted. Founded in 2012, Books2Africa’s sustainable and cost-effective idea allows 1 million books a year to be shipped and distributed to Africa.
This charity is currently looking for logistics volunteers, responsible for checking and sorting donated books. During this time volunteers are working from home with roles focussing on research and fund-raising.
The Kentish Stour Countryside Partnership
Through landowners and local communities, they aim to promote both landscape and nature conservation. They work closely with the local community to ensure the countryside and surrounding areas are protected and persevered. In April 2017, the organisation received funding for the “Our Stour Project” which aims to engage people with the River Stours conservation and habitat management.
They are currently looking for enthusiastic people to volunteer within the project’s foundations, as River Wardens, Tools officer, or if you’d prefer to stay at home, a social media manager.
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust
The AAKSS strives to save lives with 24/7 care, 365 days of the year. Running purely on charity, last year alone they were called out to help over 2,500 people in life-threatening conditions. They are based in Rochester airport, available to meet any part of the region within 25 minutes.
In light of the current pandemic, they are looking for volunteers to raise awareness of the cause by acting as their representatives, whether that’s in person at events, being a driver to deliver merchandise or as a public speaker online, who can deliver key information and encourage people to donate and help the charity.
Despite being a well-known organisation, many people don’t know the wide array of work the Samaritans do. They offer on the phone, over email and letter correspondence to people who are struggling. They have supported over 20,000 people in the last year, particularly in these uncertain times.
Recently they have launched an online book club to encourage self-care and provide motivation to those in tough times. Each month, members will receive a bumper box with an uplifting book and carefully chosen gifts which will be based on a specific wellbeing theme, from beautiful stationery to organic treats.
They have also launched a new self-help app, with digital resources to support mental wellbeing. This is particularly helpful for people who struggle to talk on the phone or find it difficult to explain what they are feeling.
Their website is full of more information on how they can help as well as how you can help someone else, so is well worth checking out. If you want to get more involved, they are currently looking for listening volunteers and fundraisers.
Age UK provides a wide variety of services to help the evolving needs of older people and supporting family members. This ranges from Day centre treatment in Herne Bay, drop-in clinics, befriending services and various dementia cafes.
At present, they are looking for drivers to deliver meals on wheels to clients in Herne Bay and the surrounding areas. They offer two-course freshly prepared meals that are hot and ready for people to eat, which can be a massive help to the elderly, and a relief to their surrounding support network. Their service also provides a wellness check by our DBS checked team, ensuring people are safe and well when the meals are delivered.
Kent MS Therapy
Opening in 2015, the centre offers first-class facilities to support and care for those affected by MS – ones who have the condition, their support network and their carers. Their aims include radically improving the lives of those with MS, offering a range of therapies and going advice’s support and information to everyone who needs it.
They are currently looking for people to spare an hour or two to help raise much-needed funds for their supermarket collection stations.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer for any of these, either contact us or apply directly on Do-It”.
Written by virtual volunteer Emily Clugston
Photo by Joel Muniz