Charities and Volunteering

There’s still time to get your charity recognised and rewarded!

We are delighted to announce that the Kent Charity Awards is back on track and the postponed gala awards evening will now take place on Thursday 20 May 2021 at the Kent Event Centre in Maidstone.

The Kent Charity Awards has grown to become an important awards scheme for charities in Kent as not only does it give them a platform to promote themselves, but it’s also an important way to recognise and reward the staff and volunteers that work so hard in helping them to help others.

The third sector as a whole has really struggled during the coronavirus and many charities have had to change the way they deliver their services.  There is so much incredible work being done in Kent and we know the sponsors are looking forward to celebrating their achievements.

Volunteering is good for you

Volunteering has soared during lockdown and we’re hearing many great stories on how furloughed staff and business owners have given their services free to charities across the county, benefitting both the charities and the volunteer.

We love volunteering at Rise!  Jo is no novice to volunteering and has given her free time to her local cub group for many years.  Her role as cub leader Rikki means that she works tirelessly coming up with different ways to keep her busy cub pack engaged.  Coronavirus has meant we now work in different ways and those weekly face to face group meetings our now done online! How do you control 20 noisy and excited cubs on a Zoom call?!  Jo seems to manage it – think she deserves a Damehood!

Meanwhile, Sarah spent a few days volunteering at Howletts Animal Park in Canterbury during the middle of lockdown. Sarah loves a bit of sweeping and spent hours making the restaurant area and enclosures clean and tidy for the forthcoming reopening of the Park – working next to the elephant enclosure was certainly the highlight of the day!

Charities and volunteering go hand in hand, and as organisers or the Kent Charity Awards we see again and again the positive impact volunteers have to our economy and to the local community. We love it and hoe that people continue to offer their services free to charities and community groups when our lives return to normal!

If you are a business or a charity and keen to find out more about the Kent Charity Awards please do get in touch at