Stay at home and help out…


Stay at home and help out…

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We hope you are keeping safe and well. While we have started the new year with another lockdown, there are still many opportunities for you to help others and to help strengthen your community. For example…

Make meals for our heroes
Ashford Vineyard is looking for volunteers to help cook meals for busy emergency staff at the William Harvey Hospital. You can find out more about the project here and register you interest by emailing

Be a Responder
The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme will continue until at least March 2021 and they are still wanting people to help in the following ways – as stewards for the mass vaccination programme; as community response volunteers to collect essential supplies for people who are isolating; as drivers to transport supplies between sites or to provide patient transport; and as check-in-and-chat volunteers. Register today.

Chat on the phone
Ashford Volunteer Centre’s befriending scheme matches volunteers with lonely, isolated people aged over 50 who would appreciate some company during the week. With face-to-face befriending currently on hold, we are making many more telephone matches. If you could spare an hour or so a week to have a chat, get in touch to find out more!

Make a small gesture
If you haven’t done so already, perhaps you could reach out to an elderly neighbour with a simple knock at their door to check they’re OK. For other ways to help, see Kent Community Foundation’s winter campaign

Raise funds for your favourite charity
Most charities’ incomes have been severely affected by the pandemic, as fundraising events have been cancelled and charity shops were forced to close. But everyone can do their bit to help support them throughout 2021… Perhaps have a spring clean, sell some of your unwanted goods online and then gift the proceeds. Why not pledge to do your shopping at and select the charity of your choice to benefit from the donations on your spending. Or you could organise a fundraiser at home – one of our befrienders did just that, and raised a whopping £1285 with her Christmas Eve exercise extravaganza! 

We hope these suggestions have inspired you to take action and reach out to help others. If you have any other ideas or stories of how you’ve helped, we would love to hear from you.

In the meantime we’ll leave you with some useful resources below, including details of where you can now go for regular Covid testing even if you don’t have symptoms.

With best wishes from the team at AVC


Enjoy free Zoom events when you join the Ashford Timebank
Ashford Timebank (

Ways to look after our mental health
Mental Wellbeing While Staying At Home | Every Mind Matters | One You (

New testing sites for the borough
Symptom-free testing – Kent County Council

The latest government advice and restrictions:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK (




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