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SWALE VOLUNTEER CENTRE

Swale Volunteer Centre aims to enhance the community in Swale by making volunteering easy. We do this by promoting, supporting and developing volunteering and active citizenship. Our staff team encourages individuals wishing to volunteer and also supports organisations seeking to recruit volunteers.

Overview

Swale Volunteer Centre, as an accredited volunteer centre through NCVO (formerly Volunteering England), works to achieve the 6 national core functions:

  • Brokerage
  • Developing Volunteering Opportunities
  • Good Practice Development
  • Strategic Development of Volunteering
  • Voice of Volunteering

As a volunteer centre we:

Place volunteers in a variety of voluntary roles
Hold one to one exploratory interviews
Provide information to potential volunteers
Explain the relevant procedures required to secure a placement e.g. provide references, Disclosure and Barring Services (DBS) checks

Promote voluntary work within the local community
On information boards within our own offices and in local establishments
By holding presentations at local events and to local organisations and statutory bodies e.g schools

Develop new volunteering opportunities
Keep abreast of new initiatives
Help organisations explore different options
Promote new opportunities for organisations
Listen and adapt to new ideas from potential volunteers

Support organisations:
Assist with recruiting volunteers and developing opportunities
Provide volunteer management training and support on inducting volunteers
Provide an information pack on inducting volunteers
Help with writing policies

Liaise with other statutory, voluntary and private sector bodies:
Raise issues at SCEN meetings
Hold meetings with other Volunteer Centres in East Kent as part of the Volunteer Centres East Kent partnership
Attend meetings with the Kent Medway Infrastructure Partnership (KMIP) with all CVS and Volunteer Centres across Kent
Liaise with Swale Borough Council and Kent County Council

CONTACT INFORMATION

To contact the Volunteer Centre team ring Julia, Louise or Zoe on 01795 473828 or email Office@swalecvs.co.uk or Julia.watling@swalecvs.co.uk

Contact Details for Volunteer Centres East Kent partnership:

Ashford Volunteer Centre
Tel: 01233 665535 | Email: manager@volunteering-ashford.org

Canterbury Volunteer Centre
Tel: 01227 452278 | Email: Canterburyvc@hotmail.com

Dover District Volunteer Centre
Tel: 01304 367898 | Email: office@ddvc.org.uk

Shepway Volunteer Centre
Tel: 01303 259007 | Email: office@volunteershepway.co.uk

Thanet Volunteer Centre
Tel: 01843 590935 | Email: volunteering.thanet@hotmail.co.uk

Whitstable Volunteer Centre
Tel: 01227 772248 | Email: info@whitastablevc.org.uk

Swale CVS
Central House, Central Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent ME10 4NU


Registered Charity Number 277523

Volunteer centre NAVCA Quality Award