News and updates for Spring


News and updates for Spring

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We hope you are keeping safe and well. Spring is here, restrictions are easing so we thought we would get in touch with some news and updates that could be useful in your community groups.

Befriending Service
As life returns to a new kind of normal and restrictions ease, face to face befriending returns on 17th May 2021. If anyone you know would like a befriender, please get in touch. Our 1:1 befriending service is for adults over 50+ years who are isolated and lonely in the Borough of Ashford. Send us an email to:

Volunteer Workshops
We are delighted to be hosting two volunteering courses via Zoom on Tuesday 11 May 2021 and 22 June 2021 

Volunteering is an excellent way of developing new skills and utilising existing ones. It can also be a stepping stone back into employment or simply to a different life direction. Ashford Volunteer Centre, in partnership with Response, will help recognise skills and match that with the many local opportunities available.

Places are limited so early application is recommended. This course is open to any adult over 19, unwaged or low-waged. Contact us on 01233 665535 or via email on



Volunteer Transport Service
As lockdown ends, we are busier than ever with our Volunteer Transport Service and we are always looking for new drivers to join us. If anyone you know would like to become one of our volunteer drivers, we’d love to hear from you! Please give Owen a call on 01233 633219 for further information.

Fraud and Scam Prevention Event
Fraudulent emails and texts are on the increase and it is harder than ever to identify a genuine email from a fake one. Montfort Manor Care Home are hosting an online “scam and fraud awareness event” on Tuesday 13th April 2021 at 11am. They will be joined by the local Fraud Prevention Co-Ordinator to offer expert information on spotting and reporting scams to protect you and your loved ones from fraud. To book your space, email  or click this link to book your place: Scam and fraud awareness – free online event | 

Did you know that Ashford Volunteer Centre has its own Timebank? With restrictions in place, we have been hosting sessions online and there are some exciting wellbeing classes scheduled for April. We are working in partnership with both Ashford Yoga and Create You to host weekly yoga and exercise classes via Zoom. Sign up to the Timebank here: – – Ashford Timebank (

Digital Art Show in Ashford

Ashford based arts organisation AΦE Creative Hub want to celebrate how we use technology while also considering the importance of physical connections in real life. ALT*ASH is a free, three-week-long exhibition of digital art installations across the town centre, aiming to connect people through digital art, running from Thursday, April 1 to Sunday, April 18.

The project has been funded by Arts Council England, Kent County Council; supported by Ashford Borough Council, and produced by AΦE Creative Hub and with help from the sites’ owners, Ashford Picturehouse, Stafford Perkins and County Square Shopping Centre.

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