Ashford Volunteer Centre

AVC’s aim is to inspire more people in Ashford to volunteer so they can enhance their lives, the lives of others and build resilient communities.

  • they inspire and enable people to volunteer
  • advocate that volunteer involving organisations are able to offer an excellent volunteering experience
  • inform, educate and inspire our leaders on the benefits of volunteering
  • inspire the development of volunteering opportunities which brings benefits to the community and enhances social capital

Visit the Ashford Volunteer Centre website

Club Matters Club Matters logo

Club Matters is a Sport England Lottery funded programme that provides free resources, support, guidance and workshops to grassroots sports clubs, groups and community organisations.

Club Matters resources are designed to support organisations who are looking to set up, develop, grow, reach out to new communities and maximise their engagement with new and existing members, participants and volunteers. If you are part of a large, small, formal or informal group, or work to support the development of these organisations.

Visit the Club Matters website

Funding for All Funding For All logo

Funding for All provides free, expert fundraising advice to small charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises from across Kent and Medway.

They believe that by developing your skills in areas such as bid/grant application writing, income generation or strategy and planning you will have the confidence to take your organisation forward to reach its full potential.

Visit the Funding for All website


Imago deliver a range of services designed to support and empower some of the most vulnerable groups across Kent, Medway, East Sussex and London.

They deliver innovative projects working with; children and young people, young carers, unemployed young people, people living with a disability, adult carers, older people, socially isolated people, mental health awareness for young people and community transport.

Visit the IMAGO website

Involve Kent

A charity established in 1975 to develop volunteering and communities, and now leaders in social prescribing and other innovative approaches to improve wellbeing in communities.

Their objects include:

  • Developing resilient communities, developing volunteering, widening participation, developing, mapping, connecting and supporting local groups and communities
  • Supporting Carers, enabling them to care well for others and improve their own health and wellbeing by empowering and connecting people to improve health through quality social prescribing and community navigation services
  • Encouraging, facilitating and supporting people with health problems to take part in enjoyable physical activity as well as onnecting for independence, coordinating support for the most frail/unwell including transport, gardening, shopping, social opportunities and help at home, maintaining quality of life and improving wellbeing
  • Mainstream social prescribing, leading the movement to help health professionals recognise and address the social needs of their patients, as an integrated partner

Visit the Involve Kent website

Kent Coast Volunteering

Kent Coast Volunteering connects communities in Thanet, Dover and Folkestone & Hythe through volunteering and community-led projects.

Their services includes:

  • Support for VIOs such as charities and community groups to promote their volunteer opportunities and find volunteers
  • Peer-sharing sessions on topics of interest to VIOs such as recruitment management and retention of volunteers, youth volunteering, promoting volunteering and more
  • Bespoke best practice training, guidance and templates on issues around volunteering for VIOs or groups of VIOs
  • DBS service
  • Introductory training for individuals who perhaps need a confidence boost to take those first steps into volunteering
  • Good Neighbours befriending service
  • Community Transport Service

Visit the Kent Coast Volunteering website

Kent Community Foundation

Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for over 20 years. In this time, they have distributed over £50 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

they are part of a UK wide accredited network of 47 Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

Responsible for more than 90 philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.

Visit the Kent Community Foundation website

Kent Volunteers

The one-stop-shop for all things volunteering!

The Kent Volunteer Partnership is funded by a grant from Kent County Council to develop volunteering across Kent.  Generously giving their time and skills to aid others, they provided vital assistance to the vulnerable, elderly, and self-isolating, supporting frontline health services.

The Lord Lieutenant’s Office is also working in partnership with the Kent Volunteer Partnership to help people connect with local volunteering opportunities.  Volunteering remains at the heart of local communities and we are proud to be part of this scheme.

Visit the Kent Volunteers website

Red Zebra

Red Zebra offer services which enable people to be involved and active in their communities, and to remain independent in their own homes.

Support for organisations includes:

  • supporting local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations
  • helping people to set up new groups and helping established groups in a number of areas including applying for funding
  • promoting their work, networking with other groups, and accessing training for their staff and volunteers

Visit the Red Zebra website

Social Enterprise Kent

Social Enterprise Kent’s (SEK) mission is “Improving Lives, Supporting Communities”.  As a flagship social enterprise with years of experience delivering for and with local communities, they’re in a strong position to provide community support across Kent.

Every day they deliver a positive social impact, strengthen communities, empower people and improve lives.  Guided by their principles as a social enterprise, they are committed to ensuring sustainable outcomes for communities, leaving those they work with, stronger and more resilient.

Over the past few years, they’ve helped people and organisations to develop their resilience, provide community support and activities and build their business while ensuring their organisation is sustainable.

Visit the Social Enterprise Kent website


Sported are the UK’s largest network of community groups supporting half a million young people to overcome barriers to reach their full potential.

The 2,900 groups which Sported supports are deeply rooted within their communities and led by highly committed, passionate local people who often give up their time voluntarily to run initiatives that help young people from their community to succeed.  However, grassroots groups are often under-funded and under-resourced.

Sported’s role is to empower the local heroes running these groups by providing much-needed professional expertise, resources and operational support, free of charge, to help their group survive and thrive.

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StreetGames harnesses the power of sport to create positive change in the lives of young people living in underserved communities right across the UK. StreetGames’ work helps to make young people and their communities healthier, safer and more successful.

StreetGames exists to bridge the sporting inequality gap for young people from low-income, underserved communities. Working with our partners, they deliver Doorstep Sport to bridge the inequality gap and offer sport and physical activity in a way that meets the needs and motivations of our beneficiaries.

They work alongside a network of over 1,600 community organisations that make up the StreetGames network. Their aim is to ensure Doorstep Sport is accessible to young people across the UK.

Visit the Streetgames website

Stronger Kent Communities

Working exclusively with non-profit groups in Kent, Stronger Kent Communities is an infrastructure organisation supporting and connecting groups in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector.

They help community groups, charities and social enterprises find the support they need and work with you to provide the resources you need to build your organisation and run it effectively.

They provide information via their website and newsletter; one to one support; Development Specialists; training and events.

Visit the Stronger Kent Communities website

Swale Community & Voluntary Services

Swale Community and Voluntary Services is a membership body for the local voluntary and community sector in Swale.  For over 40 years the SCVS has grown into a robust, successful and well respected organisation, helping and enabling communities to thrive and flourish.  As part of this they act as representative on many partnerships and feedback the information to local groups. They also work to build relationships with many statutory sector agencies to ensure they are all sharing best practice and avoiding duplication of work.

  • they provide specialist expertise, information and support and help develop the skills local people need to run successful organisations and groups by promoting equality and diversity and fostering a wider understanding of the needs of disadvantaged and under-represented groups
  • make sure policy makers understand the needs of local voluntary organisations and community groups by helping public bodies engage effectively with local voluntary organisations and community groups
  • provide a forum for local voluntary organisations and community groups and encourage more people to volunteer and get involved in voluntary and community action.

Visit the Swale CVS website