Examples of what Volunteers do

 

Befriending

A volunteer visits a lonely or isolated person, for a cup of tea and a chat. The visit may extend to a shopping trip, perhaps, and a lasting friendship can develop. This is a vital service provided by CARM and others. 


Befriending is a part of social prescription used by the Ivy Court Surgery Community Ward team to tackle loneliness and social isolation. Dr. Neil Pilai says this is a massive problem in our community given its rural location and ageing demographic. 


For a moving video about loneliness, click here  and make sure to watch the end.


Transport

In a 16th April 2018 news item on their website, Tenterden Town Council calls for volunteers from Tenterden:

 

"We (also) envisage that the car transport services offered by Ashford Volunteers (Ashford Volunteer Centre - AVC) to Tenterden and its environs will be enhanced and made more available. To do this the organisation needs more volunteer drivers from the town to enlist." 


Fast forward to Aug 2019

As a result of our posters displayed around Town, the first person to volunteer has generously offered their time. We hope to have news very soon of how the service will operate. 


If you are interested in helping to provide this valuable service to the community by driving as a volunteer contact us and we’ll be happy to explain how it works.


Tenterden Social Hub’s Meal Club is also looking for drivers for their "meals on wheels" service, and the Hub needs drivers for other roles as well.


Mentoring

This can take many forms. One, Volunteer Mentoring, organised by Porchlght, needs volunteers to mentor 10 to 16 year olds, see Useful Links. Another relates to financial advice provided by the Tenterden Community Hub. This hub needs volunteers to help with providing such advice, or providing a listening ear. You can find out more in the Places for Work page or by visiting their website.

 

Environment 

Examples of this are maintenance of the Town’s green spaces, such as, the Millennium Gardens, the space in front of the Fairings, the flower beds outside Boots, litter picks etc. Further details from the Town Council.



Email us        info@tenterdenvolunteercentre.org.uk  


Or phone us   01580 230290