Community Safety Volunteers

Become a community safety support volunteer

Have you thought about volunteering in your local community to help improve the area where you and your family, live, work and play?  If you have, then an exciting community safety support volunteer role might be right for you.

We need volunteers across Kent to contribute to community safety through a range of activities. This could be:

  • using social media to share important Public Protection messages
  • reporting criminal damage via a reporting app
  • being involved in regular or one off events like social coffee mornings as well as befriending
  • sports and community projects
  • to provide signposting to organisations who help people.

If you have any time to volunteer we can offer you training, support and experience of working with the community.

We are interested to hear about the ways in which you want to contribute so we can find the right match.  During these unusual times we are also particularly keen to hear from volunteers who are interested in expanding our use of social media and technology to achieve our aims.

Volunteering helps you to build your CV, learn new skills, meet new people and be in the best place to find working opportunities.

Become a volunteer support warden

Alternatively, you may wish to volunteer as a support warden. A volunteer support warden (VSW) works alongside the local parish council helping to address local concerns. They are involved in the delivery of projects, events, coffee mornings and much more.

If you are willing, volunteers must be over 18 and have 4 or more hours per week to spare.

Skills you need

You do not need any particular skills or experience for these roles, just a willingness to get involved, some time to spare. You will be willing to undertake a DBS check which will be paid, along with all of your training, expenses and uniform as required.

You will need to have access to the internet to enable you to receive messages and information.

Apply

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please apply online and we will contact you to discuss your areas of interest further.

Apply online

Alternatively, call the Community Warden Service on 03000 41 34 53 or 03000 41 34 55 for further information.

Hear from one of our volunteer support wardens and find out how easy it was to apply and how she has become involved in her local community.

Help your community - Video transcript

Overview of the role

You'll support community wardens by identifying issues and feeding back to organisations including Trading Standards and the Police. You'll be talking to local residents and liaising with organisations including Neighbourhood Watch, Victim Support and fire services. You'll engage with local groups and meetings providing advice on topical issues. You'll provide local residents with crime prevention materials and advice to reduce their fear of crime.

Training will be provided with ongoing mentoring with a community warden. As a volunteer you will not have accredited powers or be expected to handle sensitive information.

Ideally we would like you to give 5 hours a week, but there is no minimum requirement.

Requirements of the role

You must be over the age of 18 years old and you will use your life experience to help others, ideally you will have a good working knowledge of your local area.

We will require a criminal record (DBS) check, but don't worry if you don't have one as we will arrange and pay this for you.

You do not need to be a car driver for the role, as you will be located in the community.

You will need to have access to the internet to enable you to receive messages and information.

We will provide you with a uniform and we will cover mileage and travel expenses.