Virtual volunteering

Virtual volunteering Mission

Since 2007 the Canterbury & Herne Bay Volunteer Centre has been supporting, promoting and developing volunteering opportunities within the Canterbury District. As technology continues to evolve, people are looking for new ways to volunteer in a non-traditional way keeping up with the new technologies and trying to better time-manage their lives in this busy world….

Befriending | Volunteers

Lawyers set up buddy scheme to help elderly during coronavirus isolation

Press release from 19 March 2020 Staff from law firm Furley Page have set up a telephone buddy system to offer companionship and support to elderly members of the community who need to self-isolate due to the coronavirus outbreak.  Lawyers Val Prosser and Melanie Christodoulou, who are the regional co-ordinators for Re-engage, have set up the…


Stop spreading the virus, start spreading kindness

The impact of the coronavirus, is being felt all over the world and in the light of uncertainty surrounding the recent outbreak, our priority continues to be the wellbeing of our volunteers, organisations and staff. We are committed to ensure that our work continues in the safest way, as we are taking all necessary steps…

Virtual volunteering

Virtual Volunteering

We are piloting this project in the Canterbury district as this district has a mix of both urban and rural areas.  We aim to work with a number of organisations to explore and co-produce resources to support and increase the development of virtual volunteering opportunities across the District. In terms of volunteers, we will be…



We run regular workshops and training session for both volunteers and organisations that utilise volunteers. Our aim with these events, is to both increase volunteers’ knowledge and awareness of the opportunities available to them and to engage organisations to better manage their volunteers. For further details of current events please refer to our News page…



Currently, we operate face to face and telephone befriending service matching individuals who are isolated, vulnerable or lonely with volunteers who provide social contact and support on a regular basis.  The telephone Befriending service is done from the comfort of one’s home.  While Face-to-face Befriending means that the befriender comes to the individual’s home and spend…

Social transport

Social Transport

Jackie Harvey, who is based in our Herne Bay office, is our transport coordinator responsible for the management of our social car scheme in the Canterbury district. This scheme is aimed at the provision of a low-cost service utilising volunteer drivers (who use their own car) to transport people to and from medical and social…


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 organisations. Increasingly, we are receiving requests for volunteering opportunities from emails, or those…