Volunteering with us
Help make Kent a better place to live, work and enjoy by
volunteering with Kent County Council services. You’ll make a real
difference to people’s lives – and your own too.
Adult Education - Skills Plus
This is a rewarding and valued role. Volunteers support students
with their learning under the guidance of teaching staff. They also
help courses run smoothly by, for example, making and developing
resources or maintaining data.
Volunteers work mostly within the Skills for Life provision,
including English, maths and independent living skills for those
with learning disabilities and difficulties.
Requirements: An interest in and commitment to
Training: Available. Can lead on to becoming a
teaching assistant or tutor.
For more information:
Call: 03000 41 22 22
Visit: Adult Education
Adult Social Services
Dorothy Lucy Centre, Maidstone - opportunities
for volunteers providing / joining in activities, companionship for
service users and answering the phone and passing on messages.
Contact Julie Parsooramen on 01622 678071.
Doubleday Lodge, Sittingbourne - opportunities
for volunteers to assist with the activities programme including
craft work, gardening, games, reminiscing and social chat over a
cup of coffee.
Contact Maria May at Maria.May@kent.gov.uk or Debbie
Ford at Debbie.Ford@kent.gov.uk
or call 01795 423 444.
Kiln Court, Faversham -
opportunities for volunteers to support the activity
programme and provide social stimulation for individuals who access
Contact Emma McAfee on 01795 532 183
The Well Resource Centre,
Dover - opportunities for volunteers to help with group
activities, reception duties and the coffee bar.
Contact Debby McGhie on 01304 861 051.
Wayfarers, Sandwich - opportunities for
volunteers to assist with running the shop for service users,
visiting for a chat or assisting with craft work.
Contact Lisa Todd on 01304 614 155 or firstname.lastname@example.org
West View, Tenterden has
opportunities for volunteers to assist with activities.
Call 01580 261500 or email email@example.com
There is a range of volunteering opportunities at the other
day care centres in Kent. Contact the individual centres to
find out more:
Blackburn Lodge, Sheerness
– Call Vanessa Byrne on 01795 667 035 or the Senior Judy
Thompson on 01795 667 035.
Broadmeadow Registered Care Centre,
Folkestone - Call Caroline Barber or Louise Sparkles Young
on 01303 854 900.
Gravesham Place, Gravesend –
Call Patricia Isted by telephone on 01474 360 727.
Minis Day Centre, Birchington
– Call Sharon Sanders on 01843 254100.
Westbrook House Integrated Care
Centre, Margate – Call Sally Floodgate on 01843
There are Sure Start Children's Centres in local communities
across Kent. They value the involvement of volunteers in their work
to support children and families in the community.
The centres offer enjoyable, rewarding and supported
opportunities so volunteers can fully participate in their
If you would like more information and find out how to get
involved visit the children's centre website or email the firstname.lastname@example.org
Deaf Services is developing opportunities for volunteers with
signing skills to work as Befrienders with Deaf people who
communicate in British Sign Language (BSL).
Volunteers provide opportunities to explore and access
activities in the community and can help relieve the isolation
commonly experienced by Deaf people. By volunteering you can
develop your BSL skills, meaning both parties benefit from the
Deaf Services see the bank of volunteers as possible contacts
for Deaf adults who are looking to employ a personal assistant.
- Telephone (voice): 01303 224386
- Telephone (minicom): 01303 224269
- Fax: 01303 224270
- SMS: 07795 951461
All our environmental programmes enable volunteers to learn new
skills, improve and enhance their local environment and explore the
countryside. They also have the added bonus of being great outdoor
Projects take place in urban and rural areas and can range from
construction of dipping platforms to board walks, enhancing habitat
for specific species, maintaining our public rights of way,
woodland planting, wildlife monitoring and tree and river wardens,
so there are plenty of ways to get involved.
For student and individuals wishing to gain hands on practical
experience in a range of specific interests for personal or career
objectives, volunteering placements and work experience can be
Email: email@example.com or get
more information about the partnership organisations
Countryside Access Wardens
Volunteers are an essential source of help to keep the public
rights of way network open for all to use. As a warden, you will
directly help your local community and visitors to the area by
carrying out a number of simple jobs to make the rights of way
network a lot friendlier to use and help give others the confidence
to explore the countryside.
All training and equipment needed to carry out the role is free
and volunteer work can be fitted around your own schedule.
For more information call 0845 345 0210 or email CAS.Volunteer@kent.gov.uk
Historic Environment Record
We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to add
information to the Historic Environment Record, and play a critical
role in the conservation of Kent's heritage.
Volunteer Historic Environment Record Officers work within our
Historic Environment Record team, helping to create new records
from our collection of archaeological reports.
We provide full training and support during your volunteer
period (no previous experience is required). You will work through
the archaeological reports, compare them with existing records and,
as appropriate, either add information to existing records or
create new ones. Find out more about
volunteering with the Heritage Team.
We are responsible for 8 windmills in Kent and are actively
involved in their preservation and promoting their use for
education and tourism.
As a volunteer you could help with:
- ongoing maintenance from cleaning and decorating to minor
- running the mill - full training is given on the mill's
- working on the reception desk on open afternoons - Sundays and
Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of September plus occasional
days during the summer
- acting as a guide on open afternoons - again full
training is given.
Find a Windmill near you.
Play an active role in your community by volunteering
in one of Kent's libraries. Find out
more about volunteering in libraries or becoming a reading champion.
Kent Parent Partnership
Kent Parent Partnership aims to empower parents and
families of disabled children and children with special
educational needs to be confident to take an active and
informed role in their child's education and development.
The Kent Parent Partnership Service run a training
programme for volunteers to become Independent Parental Supporter
(IPS) to work alongside parents and carers to provide them
with information and impartial advice so they can make informed
As a volunteer IPS you might help with paperwork, writing
reports or letters or help a parent prepare for and even
accompany them to meetings.
If you would like an information pack:
Call: 0300 333
Website: Kent Parent
Sport volunteers are vital to the support of sport in
Kent. We work with many sports clubs and sport organisations
involving volunteers across all disciplines, abilities and age
Disability sport is encouraged and supported and Kent Sport work
with volunteers who deliver training and coaching as needed.
Contact 01622 605338 or visit the Kent Sport
Youth Offending Service
The Youth Offending Service (YOS) co-ordinates the Youth
Offending Referral Order Panel volunteers. Panel volunteers
step in to help young people put offending behind them.
When a young person pleads guilty to a first offence and
receives a referral order, a panel of volunteers and the YOS
adviser meets with the young person, the parents and the victim of
the crime to agree a tailor-made contact aimed at putting things
The volunteers are committed to getting young offenders to make
amends to their victims or the community and support them to move
forward to a positive future.
There is a need for over 140 volunteers at any time and there is
an opportunity for panellists to gain an NVQ in recognition of good
practice. To find out about the training involved call 0300
333 5433 or visit the Youth Offending
Volunteers carry out a range of activities to support the
full-time staff at youth centres around the county. This can
includes shifts as a coffee-bar assistant, a bit of DIY or a hand
with the administration.
Some of the volunteers have past experience and training in
youth work and come back to help as youth worker assistants when
Call: 01622 694788
Youth County Council
The Youth County Council provides an opportunity for 11-18
year-olds to get involved and have a say in what happens in their
area and communities, there is also the UK Youth Parliament, a
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
visit the Kent Youth County Council