What colleagues say
“witnessing the change, self esteem and confidence take place is an amazing feeling”
“meeting amazing people – doing what I love”
“making someone smile when they are in hardship”
“working with clients’ is challenging but different”
“every week feels different”
Thinking of volunteering?
Whether you are already volunteering and looking for a new opportunity, or are considering it for the first time, we have all the information you need on this page.
Current volunteer vacancies are listed further down.
Emily was a Games Makers during the Olympic and Paralympic Games. She’s not sure why she volunteers, but it just does make you feel good.
Do you have skills you can share?
Do you want to make a difference in your local community?
Can you spare a few hours per week or month?
Do something amazing today: volunteer with us! Volunteer what you can offer.
COOKING – GARDENING – ADMIN – FUNDRAISING – ART – MUSIC – LIFE SKILLS – SPORT
The opportunities are endless!
To offer a skill, please get in touch. We may also have specific vacancies below.
We currently work with around 30 volunteers across our various services throughout Kent and East Sussex – community, residential, youth and offender resettlement – and at head office in Yalding.
Let us inform, motivate and inspire you to volunteer with us.
Why Kenward Trust?
We can offer you tools, tea and training in return for your time,
safe in the knowledge that you are:
- helping others
- meeting new people, making new friends
- having fun
- developing existing skills or learning new ones
- gaining a real sense of purpose.
- identify the volunteering opportunities that best suit your skills and experience
- offer a face-to-face discussion to ensure the best ‘match’
- conduct necessary pre-engagement checks
- provide ongoing training.
We offer a wide range of activities and opportunities to help across our various projects in Kent and East Sussex, which could involve:
- helping to develop and nurture our nursery and pass on your gardening knowledge
- encouraging our clients towards a healthier lifestyle by sharing your cooking skills
- helping our clients regain their independence (befriending, supporting, signposting, assisting with form filling or numeracy skills)
- raising community awareness of the services we offer, either by fundraising or public speaking
- helping our clients discover sports, arts and crafts and other positive recreational activities
- driving them to appointments or taking them on organised trips
- providing administrative support
- and more!
Current Volunteer Vacancies
Community Outreach Service require a Community Service Schools and Outreach Volunteer
Community based covering Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and Maidstone
- To help run workshops and deliver presentations as part of the Kenward Trust Community Service.
- Meet vulnerable young people and adults in the community on the Kenward Bus.
- To support Kenward Trust Community Service staff at workshops and presentations which offer prevention and education around substance misuse for young people and adults.
- To work with local councils, safety partnerships, schools, police and youth organisations as directed by the project manager.
- To go out with Kenward Trust paid staff and meet young people in the community on the Kenward Bus.
- To take part in any training on offer to develop skills within the Role.
- Ensure clear and effective communication is practiced for the benefit of the project
- To contribute to and support Kenward Trust in meeting its aims and goals, and to work in an ethos that is befitting of the Charity.
We need someone to provide weekly maintenance support and help keep the Lighthouse buildings and facilities in good and safe condition. The Lighthouse project offers supported accommodation for up to 23 16–25 year olds who have been homeless within Thanet.
For informal discussions about this role, please call Michael Bourne, Head of Resettlement, on 07547 192 903.
We would especially like to hear from you if you have an interest in:
Please call our HR team on the number below.
To apply for this position please see below ‘How to Apply’.
How to apply
Please send a brief covering letter outlining why you think you’re perfect for the role and a completed application form to the HR team.
For any queries please contact Diane Jenner, Head of Human Resources.
Tel: 01622 816 087
All posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure & Barring Service.
We are committed to Equality of Opportunity for everyone.
Frequently asked questions
Who can volunteer?
Anyone over the age of 18 years is welcome to make contact with us, regardless of their experience or the amount of time they can share. All volunteers are subject to an enhanced CRB check.
How much time do I need to give?
Volunteer opportunities can be flexible and in most cases tailored to suit the time you can give.
Will volunteering affect my benefits?
There are no limits on the amount of time you can volunteer for but you must continue to meet the conditions of the benefit or tax credit you are receiving. It is always advisable to discuss your choices with your benefits advisor before you start.