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Giving to others can be rewarding – and make you feel good. Simple acts such as helping out a friend or neighbour, making someone a cake or giving someone the time to talk about their worries really do make a difference.

‘When I started volunteering, I felt nervous – but I was made to feel really welcome. After a bit I realised that I did have something to offer – and it was great knowing I had made a difference. Now I feel part of the team and really look forward to going along to help.’

Volunteering can be a fulfilling and worthwhile experience; you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent and it's a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience. It should also be fun!

The range of opportunities is huge. Whatever skills and experience you have, there is something that you can do. In Kent, volunteer centres can help you find the volunteering role that is right for you.

Volunteer Centre Ashford Berwick House, Elwick Road, Ashford, Kent; TN23 1PF

Tel: 01233 665535
email: admin@volunteering-ashford.org

Canterbury & Herne Bay Volunteer Centre Tower Works, Simmonds Road, Wincheap Industrial Estate, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3RA.

Tel: 01227 452278
email: enquiries@chbvc.org

Dartford District Volunteer Bureau 33 Essex Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 2AU.

Tel: 01322 272476
email: dartfordvb@care4free.net

Dover District Volunteering Centre 26 Victoria Road, Deal, Kent CT14 7BJ.

Tel: 01304 367898
email: doverdvc@hotmail.com

Volunteer Centre Edenbridge Four Elms Road, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 6AD

Tel: 01732 866901

Hands & Gillingham Volunteer Centre Cranford House, 24a Longley Road, Rainham, Kent ME8 7RU

Tel: 01634 362119
email: enquiries@gillinghamvolunteercentre.com

Gravesham Volunteer Centre The Arc, 45 Windmill Street, Gravesham, Kent DA12 1BA

Tel: 01474 322729
email: info@volunteercentregravesham.org

Herne Bay Volunteer Centre (Canterbury & Herne Bay) Beach House, Beach Street, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5PT

Tel: 01227 366992
email: enquiries@chbvc.org

Voluntary Action Maidstone 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1HH

Tel: 01622 677337

Malling Area Volunteer Centre 18 Twisden Road, East Malling, Kent ME19 6SA.

Tel: 01732 843346
email: mallingvb@mallingvb.org

Medway Libraries

Medway libraries welcome volunteers to assist with many of the services they offer. They offer opportunities for volunteer drivers for the home library service and for friends of the library service, who help out at library events, take books to people who are housebound and support readers' group. This page will give you more information where you can help and will assist you in applying to become a volunteer

The Medway Voice is a free membership-led organisation open to community and voluntary sectors in Medway. It provides an opportunity to develop networks throughout the sector and gives people an opportunity to be more effective

Hands Rochester Volunteer Bureau Under1roof, 5a New Road Avenue, Chatham, Kent ME4 6BB

Tel: 01634 830371
email: rochestervb@pcihosting.co.uk

Volunteer Centre Sevenoaks Bradbourne School, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LE

Tel: 01732 454785
email: volunteeringsevenoaks@vawk.org.uk

Shepway Volunteer Centre United Reformed Church, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2QL

Tel: 01303 259007
email: shepwayvolunteercentre@yahoo.co.uk

Swale Volunteering Centre Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NU

Tel: 01795 473828
email julia@swalecvs.co.uk

Swanley District Volunteer Centre (for North West Kent) Library and Information Centre, London Road, Swanley, Kent BR8 7AE

Tel: 01322 669292 or 0845 241 2180
email: pauline@swanleyvolunteers.com

Thanet Volunteer Centre Foresters Hall, Meeting Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9RT

Tel: 01843 590935
email: thanetvb@btinternet.com

Tonbridge Area Volunteer Centre (including Borough Green and Snodland) 3 St Mary's Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2LD

Tel: 01732 357978
email: manager@tonbridgevolunteers.org.uk

Tunbridge Wells and District Volunteer Bureau Wood House, Wood Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2QS

Tel: 01892 540131
email: tunbridgevb@care4free.net

Volunteer Centre Tunbridge Wells The Gateway, 8 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2AB

Tel: 01892 554438
email: volunteeringtunbridgewells@vawk.org.uk

Whitstable Volunteer Centre St Mary's Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable. CT5 1DD.

Tel: 01227 772248
email: info@whitstablevc.org.uk

Volunteer Centres Kent

Volunteer Centres Kent is a website dedicated to promoting volunteering in Kent. It includes information about volunteering and volunteering opportunities.


CSV is the UK’s leading volunteering and training charity. It provides volunteering opportunities across the UK and runs a number of Kent-based projects.


Do-it provides information about volunteering and has a national database of volunteering opportunities.


TimeBank is a national charity inspiring and connecting a new generation of people to volunteer in their communities, and enabling charitable organisations and businesses to develop innovative and effective volunteer recruitment programmes.

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Volunteering isn't the only way that you can help others. The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is a great resource that provides ideas and experiences of what you can do for those around you. Giving to others can be a great boost to your mental health.

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