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Medway Volunteering Vacancies

Please find below the latest listing of volunteering opportunities available in Medway. To automatically receive updates about volunteering vacancies, along with other news and support, then you can join the Medway Volunteer Network – click here to find out more. 

If you can't find a current opportunity below that interests you, there are national websites that you can browse in the meantime:

 

Do-it - www.do-it.org.uk

Charity Job - www.charityjob.co.uk/volunteer-jobs

Vinspired - www.vinspired.com/

Idealist Resources - www.idealistvolunteering.org/


 

Involving Medway Community Health Researchers

Are you interested in improving health and wellbeing in Medway? Would you like to help people get heard? Do you want to learn new skills? Medway Voluntary Action is recruiting to expand their team of volunteer Community Health Researchers to help make sure the voices and experiences of local people are listened to in health planning. We are interested in recruiting local residents from across the Medway Towns to carry out interviews within local communities. You will receive free training and additional support from MVA.

Organisation: Medway Voluntary Action        Location: Medway

Link: Please contact us on involvingmedway@mva.org.uk

Volunteer Befriender - Medway Perinatal Support Project

To provide emotional support to a mum or dad during the perinatal period. We provide emotional support to parents who are suffering with low to moderate mental health issues or are identified as vulnerable to developing mental health issues in the perinatal period. This support may be through telephone calls, home visits, group work or support to access other local services.

Organisation: Family Action        Location: Medway

Link: https://www.family-action.org.uk/what-we-do/early-years/perinatal-support-services/

Home Visiting Volunteer

A volunteer will be matched to a family and then visit the family for 2-3 hours once a week to offer: Friendly support through difficult times, the understanding that when bringing up children problems are not unusual, a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on, an extra pair of hands to cope with every day tasks and practical help with play activities.

Organisation: Home-Start Medway        Location: Various locations in Medway

Link: https://home-startmedway.org.uk/for-volunteers/volunteer-2/

Children's Bereavement Support Volunteer

Hours: 8.30-4.30 (Saturday and Sunday) 12weekends a year maximum. We would expect you to commit to at least 3 weekends a year. This role is working alongside a child/young person on one of our bereavement support weekends. Ideally you will have experience in working with children and have the ability to communicate effectively at all levels. Lunch, uniform, mileage expenses and free training. For further details please go to the 'Volunteer' tab at the link provided.

Organisation: Holding On Letting Go        Location: Based at: Sittingbourne (7 weekends a year) and Broadstairs (2 weekends a year) Sevenoaks (1 Weekend a year)

Link: https://holdingonlettinggo.org.uk/how-you-can-help/

Volunteering within Children’s Services

Are you passionate about helping others and enjoy working with children and young people? The Community Child Health Team would love to hear from you! MCH works with local children, young people and their parents. We are looking for volunteers to share ideas and experiences, develop skills and confidence, explore opportunities and make life-long friends. We would welcome volunteers to come and support our families, this could be chatting with our parents and children whilst they are waiting for their appointment or contacting our families by telephone for a chat to see how they are doing. Some of the roles are at other health centres around Medway, helping with our Health Visitors Team, and other professionals. We are also looking for volunteers to support our families with outside activities this could be attending a club or support group outside of MCH. Can you contribute maybe a couple of hours, or half a day or more? If you are interested and would like to know more, then please contact Karen Adgie at Snapdragons Centre, Cliffe Road, Strood, Rochester ME2 3FF (sat nav ME2 3DL) 0300 123 3444 option 2 or karenadgie@nhs.net

Organisation: Medway Community Healthcare        Location: Our clinics/centres around Medway

Link: Please contact Karen Adgie using details given

Arts Award Assistant

Passionate about children and young people being rewarded and achieving recognised qualifications for their hobbies? Willing to support them participate in art activities, research creators and their work, attend and review arts events, develop the confidence to share their experiences? Then this ad hoc daytime post could be the volunteering role for you. For full details contact Beth Atkins at beth.atkins@nucleusarts.co.uk

Organisation: Nucleus Arts        Location: Nucleus Arts, 272 High Street, Chatham ME4 4BP

Link: beth.atkins@nucleusarts.co.uk

Re-stART Assistant

Ever wanted to support teenagers in the 14-17 age group, to direct their energy and creative talents positively? Are you a good listener and communicator? Do you enjoy encouraging young people develop their artistic ideas and self confidence? If so this 3 hour, weekly, volunteering role on Tuesday afternoons could be the one for you. Contact Beth at beth.atkins@nucleusarts.co.uk for further information and an application form.

Organisation: Nucleus Ars        Location: Nucleus Arts, 272 High Street, Chatham ME4 4BP

Link: beth.atkins@nucleusarts.co.uk

Mini-Nucleus Assistant

If you like encouraging preschool age children, discover and explore creative activities, this weekly, family activity on Thursday mornings could be for you. No previous artistic experience required. Good communication skills, a sense of humour and a willingness to join in, a must. For full details contact Beth Atkins at beth.atkins@nucleusarts.co.uk.

Organisation: Nucleus Arts        Location: The HeArt Space, Pentagon Shopping Centre, Chatham ME4 4HY

Link: beth.atkins@nucleusarts.co.uk

Volunteer Peer Mentor

We are looking to provide a Volunteer Peer Mentoring service to people living in their own homes, as part of The Housing First Service in Medway. We are looking for people with lived experience or transferable skills who will work with people to help them settle into their homes and the local community. We hope that you will be able to support each person to progress in the areas of their lives where they feel they need support and to achieve their goals. The role includes the following • Meet with people on an agreed basis as required, at their home or mutually agreed venue. • Provide support, guidance and encouragement in an informal or one to one setting. • Promote a feeling of empowerment and independence and demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunities. • Engage with other volunteers, partner agencies and the Housing First Team. For more information access the link or contact Adele Arnold at adele.arnold@riverside.org.uk .

Organisation: Riverside -Medway Housing First        Location: Regent House 387 High Street Chatham Kent ME4 4PN

Link: https://do-it.org/#/opportunities/fbe83643-69ab-43bb-9cb6-0b6f065e9407

Livestock Checker

These volunteers assist the work of our Reserve Wardens by keeping a close eye on the livestock who help us to manage our sites. Volunteers will visit sites on a specific day each week and report any issues to our Wardens. The volunteers will be offered full training in checking livestock and monitoring activity on these sites, as well as on-going support.

Organisation: Kent Wildlife Trust        Location: Medway Valley

Link: https://www.kentwildlifetrust.org.uk/volunteer-livestock-checker