Getting Involved

By working together we can tackle the effect of poverty across Kent

'Let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth' - 1 John 3: 18

Many churches and organisations are working hard to help people in the area who are facing the challenges that come with poverty. These organisations rely on volunteers to be able to give the help that is much needed. Below we will be listing information about organisations1 in the area, the work they do and the help they need so that if you see somewhere you would like to volunteer, you can click on an ‘I want to help’ button and fill out a very short contact form that will go direct to the organisation you want to help. We know that when people get involved in helping others they can make a real difference to those in need and to their own lives as well.

If you are an organisation wanting to advertise for volunteers, please contact us to find out more. Follow this link for practical resources and guidance for working with volunteers.

Rainbow Centre

Folkestone

The Folkestone Rainbow Centre supports people through times of crisis as well as investing in children’s early years’ development and well being through their Pre Schools and Contact services. The Rainbow Centre, as it has become known locally, works in partnership with Churches Together in Folkestone, which is committed to showing Christian care and compassion in the town. Their vision is to help build a community in which everyone is included and can have the opportunity to live and work in dignity with hope for the future. The Rainbow Centre approach is to help people out of crises so that they can sustain themselves. They are also equally committed to providing a creative and fun environment in which young children can thrive.

Today we have over 350 volunteers, without whom the organisation would be unable to offer the range of services dedicated to help the neediest people in our local community. We are always looking to add volunteers to our team.

Kent Savers Credit Union

Kent

Kent Savers is a financial co-operative, owned and controlled by its members and running on a not-for-profit basis. Kent Savers main aims are to promote saving and provide members with loans at reasonable rates, so that they feel in control of their own money. They consider themselves a safer and cheaper alternative to other money lending sources, including payday loans, doorstep lenders and loan sharks, and more accessible than high street banks, who can make it difficult for people with a poor credit history to borrow money.

Volunteers always needed who are patient listeners and willing to empathise with Clients. DBS clearance needed but support and training given.

Canterbury Food Bank

Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay

Foodbank. We are a community project and registered charity (no. 1153791) providing emergency (three-day) food parcels to individuals and families in short term financial crisis across the Canterbury District (Canterbury, Whitstable, Herne Bay and surrounding villages). We are a Christian-led project that brings together volunteers of all faiths and none to provide a vital service to people in short-term need.

Warehouse volunteers and van drivers needed on a weekly or fortnightly rota, one or two days a week

Connecting Canterbury

Canterbury

As well as working with organisations such as Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Canterbury Food Bank and the Job Centre, the Connecting Canterbury community hub network will also be hosting three new branches of Kent Savers Credit Union.

A Connecting Canterbury volunteer will listen to people’s problems and suggest and signpost help and support from local agencies ranging from debt advice, fuel poverty and energy savings, to alcohol and drug dependency and domestic violence. Connecting Canterbury also offers branch services for Kent Savers Credit Union, volunteers who are comfortable with numbers are also welcome.

Prayer Care

Thanet Kent

We visit care homes and are a listening ear to the residents and give spiritual support to all in the home. We build relationships by befriending, providing acts of worship and offering pastoral support. We pray regularly for resident, relatives and staff.

Peope who are good listeners and be able to commit to at least two afternoons per month (2x 90 minutes). Be patient and have a heart to see God at work in the small things in life.

Street Klub

Canterbury

Street Klub is a pop up Sunday school which operates on streets where children live. The aim is to be church upon the streets contributing to the community building and personal developmetn for those who otherwise struggle to access such opportunities.We take a tarpulling, table and gazebo which enables us to do craft, bible teaching, games and offer prayer as appropriate.

If you enjoy spending time with children, young people and mums., having fun and forming relationships then you would enjoy Street Klub. It enables us to share real life with very real people as well as give kids a place to be kids.

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