Medway Volunteer Centre works across the Medway area of Kent from its base in Gillingham. It works to recruit, register and provide opportunities to people volunteering across the area, and supports organisations to enable volunteers to become involved. Requests for volunteers are increasing all the time and it runs a training scheme for volunteers with learning and other difficulties so giving them much needed confidence. The Centre also runs its own range of services, such as a transport service, befriending scheme, reminiscence and gardening services. Around 900 volunteers are involved.
A grant of £5,000 has been offered at the Foundation’s October 2020 meeting. Funding is towards the post of a new role at the Centre – the Tackling Loneliness Coordinator. This new full-time post will work to recruit new volunteers and work directly with organisations and community groups across Medway to identify more vulnerable and isolated older people and coordinate actions to reduce loneliness for these people.