Volunteering Opportunities

Health and Social Care

We are seeking a number of telephone befrienders to contact lonely or socially isolated older people in the Canterbury district.

To provide a person-centred befriending service for local people with a learning disability aged 18 plus who live in Medway or Kent. 

The Samaritans offer every caller a supportive ear.

To visit a lonely person in their own home for a chat and a cup of tea. There are a lot of lonely people in the local area, this scheme can really make a difference to peoples lives.

We are looking for volunteer befrienders, in the Canterbury and Herne Bay areas, to visit a sight impaired person in their own home.

As a volunteer befriender you would be asked to visit a person or couple at home that we are supporting, to offer companionship and a friendly, listening ear at a difficult time.

We are looking for diploma-level qualified counselors who are empathic individuals with strong work ethics and a firm set of boundaries.

Prevention Matters help adults regain confidence, maintain independence and help them get out and about.

IASK (Information Advice & Support Kent) is seeking for several volunteers to provide independent advice & support to parents and/or carers of children with special educational needs & disabilities and young people between the ages of 16 and 25.

Volunteers required to help people with disabilities to enjoy a high-quality, planned holiday in the UK, offering practical help on outings, with activities, and supporting them with daily personal and social needs.

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust is looking for volunteers to support patients before and after vaccination – able to recognise emergencies and escalate concerns.

This role is part of Unlock’s helpline team, following up with clients to ensure that the needs of users of the helpline have been met.

FamilyLine provides telephone, text, and email support to adult family members as they go through the trials and tribulations of family life.

Cogs (cognitive, stimulation) group is designed for people who have recently been diagnosed with dementia or memory loss. The group is a fun, structured activity-based day, encouraging clients to keep their minds active.

Provide support to victims of crime and empower them to overcome the emotional, psychological and practical effects of crime.

Trustees, Chairs and Treasurers

To provide strategic leadership and strong governance of the charity and actively contribute to its business development and sustainability in accordance with our stated charitable objectives.

Join a small band of enthusiastic and committed volunteers to support people with MND and their loved ones in East Kent.

This is a voluntary position which gives the opportunity to support the Management Committee to meet the strategic objectives as directed by Cruse National.

Age UK Herne Bay & Whitstable is an independent charity with its own constitution and funding administered by locally appointed Trustees.

The club is looking to expand its management committee, maybe even establish a sub-committee to work on the project of a new building.

Drivers

We are seeking volunteer drivers to help us take predominantly older people to medical and social appointments in the Canterbury district.

Drivers required to deliver meals on wheels to clients in Herne Bay and Whitstable.

Mentoring

Princes Trust is seeking mentors to support young people between the age of 16-30 to build confidence and help them to develop important life skills, so they can re-engage with or enter into education, training or work, or set up in business.

We are looking for volunteers to support prisoners resettling back through practical and emotional support.

Do you have an understanding of the problems experienced by parents who misuse drugs or alcohol, or have you experienced trauma or abuse?

Do you have the skills to be a business mentor? Do you want to support young new entrepreneurs to start their businesses?

There are a variety of roles within the KSS CRC Volunteer and Peer Mentor Unit, but all are aimed at supporting individuals to improve areas of their lives they have identified as problematic.

Shop Assistants

Apply today to join the friendly team and volunteer in the Demelza Canterbury charity shop.

We are looking for volunteers who would like to help us on a regular day or two each week. Duties would involve serving customers, helping with donations, and being at the front of the shop to help people.

Why not come and be one of our amazing Pilgrims volunteers? You will meet new people, make friends and know you are truly helping to make a difference to those who need Pilgrims care in the local community.

Our Margate Tivoli Brooks Furniture shop sells furniture, electrical goods and bric-a-brac.

Do you have a real passion for the printed word? If so, then we need people like you to volunteer at our Canterbury bookshop – known as Burgate Books.

Do you have a few hours each week? Can you help us to sort stock, dress windows, serve customers and so much more?

4 HOUR SHIFTS ARE AVAILABLE MORNINGS OR AFTERNOONS, SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS.

You will meet new people, make friends and know you are truly helping to make a difference to those who need Pilgrims care in the local community.

Our Canterbury Vintage shop sells vintage and designer goods including clothing, wedding dresses, collectables, haberdashery and interesting items from times gone by.

Animals

Due to the high demand for our service, we are urgently looking for volunteers with experience of caring for dogs, who are at home during the day and can look after foster dogs for 6-9 months in their own home.

Cats Protection Canterbury & District is seeking Volunteer Fosterers

Cats are seeking a virtual volunteer to ensure the smooth running of the admissions process, helping volunteer groups and teams admit cats into care in the most effective and stress-free way possible for both people and cats.

The TNR volunteer will do vital work in helping reduce the number of feral cats and improve the health and lives of those that we can trap, neuter and return.

Youth and Communities

SNAAP is seeking for volunteers during school holidays and After School

These sessions are for our older members, aged 12-19 years.

Canterbury, Whitstable & Herne Bay Scout Council is seeking a regular need for Leaders to help run meetings. A long-term commitment is preferred.

SNAAP is seeking volunteers for Family Fun Session – during school holidays.

Hope for tomorrow is looking for individuals who want to contribute something extra and believe in the aims of Hope for Tomorrow.

We need individual volunteers who are married or who have been married at least a few years, and believe in the value of marriage to society to run our workshops in classrooms.

We need married couples who have been married at least a few years, or couples who are married to new partners and have been married before and believe in the value of marriage to society.

We have many different opportunities for your talents and interests. You can help organise or provide general assistance at activities and events, gather information, write news features, and much more.

You can help build a connected community by sharing your particular skills and enthusiasm to reach and inspire other people with sight loss.

Join our fabulous community of Sooty Box collectors to find homes in shops, pubs and cafes, pick up our full Sooty Boxes and count and bank the money that has been kindly donated.

You can play a key role to help us shape our understanding of volunteer expectations and the way in which we can meet and exceed them.

Community Champions assist the Hope for Tomorrow team in promoting our aims by representing us at a range of occasions and community events as well as speaking on our behalf to local community groups.

RNIB Connect Members can now join regional Facebook pages and our online community to blog, join discussions and find out about events taking place locally.

We are looking for volunteers to assist at our KAB club in Whitstable which meets weekly on a Tuesday afternoon.

The holder of this post will form part of Unlock’s peer-led Helpline, ensuring that people with convictions have access to the most trusted, high quality, independent, relevant information to support their needs and aspirations.

We are looking for empathic, non-judgemental individuals from all walks of life that have an interest in community safety, and who themselves have a mature approach and a firm set of personal boundaries.

There are a variety of roles within the KSS CRC Volunteer and Peer Mentor Unit, but all are aimed at supporting individuals to improve areas of their lives they have identified as problematic.

SNAAP is seeking volunteers for Windchimes After School Play Scheme.

As a local organisation and charity in the town of Whitstable we are always on the lookout for people that want to support us and the youth in many different types of way.

Administration and Fundraising

Admin Support needed for the Vice-Chairman to help run our thirteen disability football teams.

Volunteer assistant required to help organise and run volunteer tasks, manage projects and undertake survey work.

We are looking for someone with the enthusiasm to take charge of our fundraising efforts.

Books2Africa is in need of Fundraising Officers to work remotely as part of our Volunteer Fundraising Committee (VFC), with a focus on identifying grant/funding opportunities, etc.

We need more volunteers to help with our fundraising efforts and give support to the Coordinator by having ideas and helping to make them happen. You choose how much time you can give us.

Caseworkers are the lynchpin of what we do, they visit those looking for support, listen to the client, assess the need and work out what SSAFA can do to help.

Divisional Secretaries support the local ex-service community within the divisional area, and are supported by the Branch Secretary.

The role is for a volunteer referral secretary who is the first person in the organisation who will receive the telephone call from someone who has been bereaved.

Healthwatch Kent Readers / Researchers are an integral part of the ongoing task of staying up to date and informed about the health and social care landscape within Kent and further afield.

Our Readers Panel provides feedback on our information sheets and booklets, publications, and research questionnaires. Someone with experience of living with Crohn’s or Colitis, or a parent of a child with Crohn’s or Colitis.

We are in need of Marketing Officers to work remotely as part of our Volunteer Marketing Committee (VMC), with a focus on generating content for our social media channels and monthly electronic newsletter sent to the Books2Africa Ambassadors Network. 

Become a CROP volunteer and help older people access what they need to know when faced with a problem and don’t know where to turn to. With your support you can help with: Accessing Benefits, Complaints, Housing, Helping to write letters and make phone calls etc.

To provide invaluable administrative support. This could include arranging meetings, contacting venues, supporting our events and taking meeting notes.

We would warmly welcome a volunteer to support our charitable work in helping people living with cancer or other long term health conditions.

We are in need of Marketing Officers to work remotely as part of our Volunteer Marketing Committee (VMC), with a focus on generating content for our social media channels and monthly electronic newsletter sent to the Books2Africa Ambassadors Network. 

Community fundraising is at the heart of how we raise funds at a local level. The money we raise funds the delivery of universal services that include our national website, Dementia Helpline, support services, campaigning and research into the cause, cure, care and prevention of dementia.

Hope for Tomorrow is seeking volunteers.

Attending committee meetings (currently online via zoom) which happen on an ad hoc basis but usually around once every 2 – 3 months. Taking minutes at the meetings and distributing these.

Fundraising Representative Group Leader plays a significant part in the success of community fundraising at a local level.

We are in urgent need of Processing Officers who are responsible for checking, scanning, sorting and cataloguing donated books at our Processing Centre in Canterbury. 

Nature

This is an exciting opportunity to help England’s few remaining traditional orchards.

Many people can no longer look after their garden and cannot afford a gardener, so to have a volunteer to help can provide great comfort and peace of mind during a difficult time in their lives.

Our Stour is seeking River Warden volunteers. No specific skills are required.

Others

Our Tour Guides share their enthusiasm for history and bring the stories of Fort Amherst to life, helping our visitors explore over 300 years of history!

We are looking for someone who has experience of performing arts who could help to plan, organize and stage creative events.

Our volunteer speakers give talks and presentations on behalf of Diabetes UK to groups in their local communities to raise awareness of diabetes and the work of the charity. 

Digital Champions are volunteers trained to support learners with essential digital skills and build their confidence to use technology safely.

Volunteers to help at the vaccination centres.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Trust relies on Volunteers – people like you – to welcome visitors, run the retail area, the Café and help in many other ways throughout the year.

Pre-entrance id and health check, pre-exit check, flow management, general help.

From time to time we need people to help us out at events either organised by us, or which we are attending.

This is a much needed role to provide practical help at home for cancer patients and those with other long term health conditions at a difficult time in their lives.

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust is seeking people to help in the vaccination centers.

Motor Neurone Disease Association East Kent Group is looking for Association Visitor volunteers.

Your time is a valuable commodity and can be used in so many ways. Just a few hours a week can make a big difference and helps our funds stretch so much further.

Fort Amherst requires a lot of TLC and our fantastic General Maintenance Volunteers play a key role in maintaining this historic site and preserving it for the future!

Our events volunteers help raise awareness of diabetes and Diabetes UK at events in the South East.

The Churches Conservation Trust: St Peter’s Church, Sandwich is seeking a Visitor Welcome Volunteer.

Enter & View volunteers undertake the very important task of visiting services to talk to patients and social care users about their experience of that service.

This role is to represent Healthwatch Kent at meetings, groups or events and to produce a short summary of the relevant points or issues which arise.