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
Canterbury & Herne Bay Volunteer Centre Tower Works, Simmonds Road, Wincheap Industrial Estate, Canterbury, Kent CT1 3RA.
Tel: 01227 452278
Dartford District Volunteer Bureau 33 Essex Road, Dartford, Kent DA1 2AU.
Tel: 01322 272476
Dover District Volunteering Centre 26 Victoria Road, Deal, Kent CT14 7BJ.
Tel: 01304 367898
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
Gravesham Volunteer Centre The Arc, 45 Windmill Street, Gravesham, Kent DA12 1BA
Tel: 01474 322729
Herne Bay Volunteer Centre (Canterbury & Herne Bay) Beach House, Beach Street, Herne Bay, Kent CT6 5PT
Tel: 01227 366992
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
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
Volunteer Centre Sevenoaks Bradbourne School, Bradbourne Vale Road, Sevenoaks, Kent TN13 3LE
Tel: 01732 454785
Shepway Volunteer Centre United Reformed Church, Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2QL
Tel: 01303 259007
Swale Volunteering Centre Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NU
Tel: 01795 473828
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
Thanet Volunteer Centre Foresters Hall, Meeting Street, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 9RT
Tel: 01843 590935
Tonbridge Area Volunteer Centre (including Borough Green and Snodland) 3 St Mary's Road, Tonbridge, Kent TN9 2LD
Tel: 01732 357978
Tunbridge Wells and District Volunteer Bureau Wood House, Wood Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2QS
Tel: 01892 540131
Volunteer Centre Tunbridge Wells The Gateway, 8 Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN1 2AB
Tel: 01892 554438
Whitstable Volunteer Centre St Mary's Hall, Oxford Street, Whitstable. CT5 1DD.
Tel: 01227 772248
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.