Volunteer for us

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!

Cooking, gardening, admin support, fundraising, art, music, life skills, sport… the opportunities are endless!

Our volunteers work within our projects across Kent and East Sussex providing invaluable help and support in a variety of different ways, but we always need more!

Why not get in touch to find out more about joining the team? 

Click here to view our current vacancies.

Why volunteer at Kenward Trust?

  • Enjoy meeting new people and making new friends
  • Have fun whilst developing your skills
  • Add valuable experience to your CV
  • Have the knowledge that you are helping to transform lives and create new futures

Our commitment to you:

  • Meet you for an informal chat to explore your interests and how you might help us
  • Support you in identifying volunteering opportunities that best suit your skills and experience
  • Work through the volunteer recruitment process with you
  • Provide ongoing training and support
  • Welcome you as part of the Kenward team and keep you up to date as the charity develops

How can you help?

  • Provide help in our garden enterprise, growing produce, planting and maintaining the grounds
  • Enjoy creating exciting new products within in our woodcrafts workshop
  • Help us look after our small herd of goats – do we still have these???
  • Support our catering service or conference centre
  • Sell produce at our on-site shop, or at the many farmers markets we attend
  • Become a Charity Shop Assistant in our brand new Charitique shop (due to open Summer 2016)
  • Provide advice and support to those affected by drugs and alcohol in the community
  • Provide mentoring support within our Reset service
  • Help our residents to build their social and practical skills through art, alternative therapies, IT and other creative work
  • Provide practical assistance to our residents, for example accompanying them when they have hospital or other appointments.
  • Help the Events and Fundraising Team with planning and administration tasks

Please contact us if you are interested in any of the volunteering opportunities listed or have any other ideas that could support our work.

 

Current Volunteer vacancies at Kenward Trust

Please send a brief covering letter identifying which role you are interested in and the skills and abilities you are able to offer, together with a completed application form to the HR team.

   

For any queries please contact:

Jane Wenban
HR Manager
Tel: 01622 814187 
Email: jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk

All posts are subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check from the Disclosure & Barring Service. We are committed to Equality of Opportunity for everyone.

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Some 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 DBS check.

How much time would I need to offer?
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.

Events & Fundraising Assistant

To provide support in the planning and delivery of events and fundraising activities that will raise profile, awareness and funds for the Trust.

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk.

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Communications & PR Assistant (flexible hours)

To provide support to the Head of Marketing & Communications by ensuring that all communications and dialogue with external contacts are professionally conducted and delivered in accordance with agreed policies and strategy.

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk

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Receptionist / Administrator

To assist in the day to day running of reception and to provide administrative support to Head Office staff. 

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk

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Café Volunteer

To assist in the day to day running of the café

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk

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House Keeper

To maintain cleanliness of the house and to have stock control of the kitchen/household products. Preparing/cooking lunch with residents.

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk

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Cake Baker and Catering Support Assistant

To bake delicious home-made cakes to sell in our Charitique Café and provide other ad hoc support to our executive chef to allow the smooth running of the café

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk

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Volunteer Speaker to Church Groups

To support Kenward Trust in community engagement through delivering talks about our work to various church groups and other faith based organisations.

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk

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Volunteer Gardener

Lead and support role in all aspects of horticulture in the nursery and grounds of Kenward House, Kenward Road, Yalding, Kent

The primary purpose of all the work is to engage residents and other volunteers in horticultural work as occupational therapy for the residents.

Second is the production of high quality plants, cut flowers and fruit and vegetables for sale in Kenward House Reception.

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk.

Outdoor Working Party – Corporate Volunteers

To help provide support with the various aspects of maintenance and upkeep in the grounds and gardens at our beautiful 16-acre estate.  

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk.

Plant Nursery & Estate Volunteer

To work within our plant nursery and on our Estate, taking a lead from our Nursery & Estate Manager and to help maintain and develop the Nursery and Estate at Yalding.

If you are interested in this role or would like further information, please contact Jane Wenban - HR Manager on 01622 814187 or email jane.wenban@kenwardtrust.org.uk.

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The impact of our work

Since 1968, the Kenward Trust has given thousands of people the opportunity to change their lives and reach their full potential. Watch our video to see how we transform the lives of individuals who have been affected by drugs and alcohol dependence.

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Get in touch

Kenward Road, Yalding, Maidstone, Kent ME18 6AH

01622 814187 enquiry@kenwardtrust.org.uk

For residenital services, or for weekend enquiries please call 01622 812603

@kenwardtrust