In associations with the Kent Volunteer Partnership, we will be hosting a number of workshops over the next month focusing on young people and how organisations can manage and recruit young people which includes getting to grips with micro and virtual volunteering as a way or becoming more “youth-friendly”.
Here are the dates times and links for the various short, online workshops:
We have recently started to utilize a number of Digital Champions who help people to utilize their phones, laptops tablets or computers.
We want to ensure that everyone can take advantage of being online and enjoy the huge benefits the internet offers such as saving money, being in touch with friends and family and accessing information.
Support will be provided by Canterbury District Volunteer Centre
Opportunity to give back to your local community
Opportunity to meet new people and possibly make friends
Further develop your experience and interpersonal skills
Travel expenses paid (on presentation of receipts or expenses claim form)
The first week in November marked the tenth anniversary of Befriending Week and to celebrate we organised a few events. We kicked the week off with a tea and cake meet-up for all the volunteers to thank them for all their hard work and dedication. We are blessed with several longstanding volunteers who came out in force to meet and cheer on some of the new members. While we were busy chatting, laughing and admiring one of the volunteer’s bold move to royal purple hair the CEO of the charity played “mother” and served us.
We hosted coffee mornings to attract new volunteers at both of our offices. One of the days a new volunteer came to help man the table and biscuits were on the ready for anyone who came. It was a joy to meet everyone who came through the door. And chat about the befriending service and how we operate. We also offer a transport service, and we have clients who are linked between the two as well as volunteers through out the years. We even had individuals from other agencies visit and chat and seek out how our service can interact with their own.
As you can see from the pictures some of the volunteers was enjoying the chance to get together and catch up.
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.
The basic tenet of volunteering is that the volunteer engages in this activity of their own free will and, consequently, they get some return from engaging in this process. Obviously, the organisation they volunteer with gain from the volunteer’s participation but the volunteer also benefits. The benefits gained by the volunteer are many and varied and can include: