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KSS CRC celebrates National Volunteersí Week (1-12 June)
1 June 2016
KSS CRC is celebrating National Volunteersí Week.
This year's event runs from 1-12 June with an additional five days, enabling more people than ever to take part and more time to celebrate.
Through our Volunteers Unit, we currently have more than 100 volunteers working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Volunteers support our work by advising, mentoring, assisting and befriending our service users. Specific work includes – but is not limited to – the following:
helping people into work
assisting with literacy and numeracy skills
partnership projects such as housing schemes
resettlement of prisoners both in custody and upon release
one-to-one befriending in the community
group work, supporting our programmes team.
Deborah Mclening, KSS CRC Volunteer Manager, said: "Volunteers are a vital and integral part of our organisation. They can make a real difference to our service users lives, encouraging them on their journey to a crime-free life
Volunteering is also great way to build your skills while doing something that is really worthwhile and rewarding. Our volunteers receive intensive ongoing training and are fully supported by both the volunteer unit and our probation staff."
Want to find out more?
We are currently seeking enthusiastic, empathic volunteers across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. We welcome interest from anyone over the age of 18. No formal qualifications are needed - just an open mind, a desire to help others and a few spare hours each week.
Click here to read the volunteering leaflet.
Alternatively find out more about volunteering with us at one of the following events we will be attending during Volunteers' Week.
Thursday 2 June - Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre, 10am – 4pm
Friday 3 June – Calverley Precinct Tunbridge Wells, 11am-2pm
Tuesday 7 June – Thanet Volunteers Bureau at Dreamland, 11am-3pm
Wednesday 8 June – Gillingham Library, 10am -12 noon (not attending this event but you can come along and pick up a copy of our volunteering leaflet)
Friday 9 June – Swale Volunteer Bureau, 11am-1pm
Latest personal stories
A former drug addict has become a successful paid chef a year after his release from prison.
When I first met John*, he came across as being very shy and quiet. I attended an initial meeting where I met with Johnís Probation Officer and we agreed actions and goals for him to take to help aid his rehabilitation and tackle the issues that have led him to commit the crime in the first place.
I was asked to work with Andrew* to help improve his self-esteem and decision making skills which led to his drug abuse. At our regular meetings, we explored solutions to his issues and obstacles to his future aspirations. Slowly through this work, his perceptions about himself began to change from feelings of guilty and helplessness, to being able to acknowledge his own personal strengths and attributes.