Enhancing lives, supporting communities

Exciting news

On 30 September 2018 Thanet Volunteer Bureau, Shepway Volunteer Centre and Dover District Volunteer Centre merged to become Kent Coast Volunteering.

We have joined together to form a stronger service, making full use of our skills and resources to better connect and support the communities we serve, and go further in our role as the ‘go to’ volunteering organisation on the Kent Coast.

The local support and services offered by Shepway, Dover district and Thanet won’t disappear – you’ll still be able to access them in your local area – at Shepway Hub, Dover and District Hub and Thanet Hub – the renamed volunteer centres in your community.

We’ll continue to offer the services you know us for – including transport, befriending, DBS checks and more; and the volunteering opportunities and projects you expect from us.

As we set up our great new organisation you can still get all the help and opportunities you’ve come to expect from us. We’ll be launching officially in the early part of 2019 with even more to offer, from a stronger and more united volunteering service.

Volunteer Centre Shepway has been running since 1976, is a registered charity, unconnected with any statutory body and is governed by a Constitution. The primary task of the Volunteer Centre is to pair volunteers with a charity which will best use their skills and provide an opportunity which interests them.

Becoming a volunteer is not just about giving – most volunteers find that they get alot more out of it than they were expecting.

We run a Befriending Service, a Community Transport Service, a Gardening Service a Memory café and a Social club, along with other community projects.

Based  at 65 Shaftesbury avenue, Cheriton, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 4NS.

The office is open between 10.00 am – 3.00 pm Monday to  Friday. At other times you can leave a message by email office@volunteershepway.co.uk  or on the answerphone 01303 259 007

Volunteer Centre Office

Funding for the Volunteer Centre comes from a variety of sources including KCC Adult Services, Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust, various grant giving bodies and charitable trusts (including the Big Lottery), individual private donations and through our own wide-ranging efforts.

The role of the Volunteer Centre is to undertake the functions of a volunteer development agency

  • Volunteer recruitment and placement
  • Marketing volunteering opportunities
  • Good Practice development
  • Developing volunteering opportunities
  • Policy response and campaigning
  • Strategic development of volunteering

The aim of the Centre is for potential volunteers to see it as the first stop on their search for a placement. We have recorded increasing numbers of volunteers annually. (Last year over 500 volunteers were recruited.)

As you will see from looking at our website, the services we provide to elderly and disabled people in the Shepway community and the projects that we run, we are more then just a Volunteer Centre, we are an active part of our community.


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Voluntary Organisations Involved In Community Engagement

Since November 2013 the Volunteer Centres in Ashford, Shepway, Dover District and Thanet have come together in partnership with CASE Kent to form VOICE – Voluntary Organisations Involved in Community Engagement. By working together VOICE aims to build social capital, engage better with hard to reach individuals/groups, and strengthen the voice and activity of voluntary organisations throughout the community. By being more strategically involved in joint delivery and targeting support to groups and individuals to meet specific needs, VOICE has the potential to further improve outcomes for local communities and significantly influence the ability of the voluntary sector to grow, develop and do what it does best.