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Kent volunteers urged to get involved with The Big Help Out

Kent County Council (KCC) have been encouraging the public to get more involved within the local community by volunteering.

To mark the Kings Coronation, The Big Help Out have arranged a national day for thousands of charities and organisations to help out their local community on Monday, May 8.

Volunteering has been said to improve confidence, help develop new skills and make difference to the lives of other people.

Currently, they have more than 38,500 events that the public are able to get involved with.

The Big Help Out are also working with The Scouts to encourage younger people to get involved and lend a hand.

They are encouraging local scouts to create pop-up activities in public places and offer activities such as grass sledging and traditional bushcraft.

Scouts Media Relations Manager, Andrew Thorpe explained: “We’re also going to have things like climbing walls, campfires, archery, all practical things people can really get involved with.”

“It’s going to be a really massive day – a moment of legacy.” – Andrew Thorpe, Scouts Media Relations Manager

Local scouts are able to plan their event through The Big Help Out where it will be added to their app for people to get involved.

Mr Thorpe discussed that they predict millions of people are going to be involved on the day.

“Theres going to be a swell of excitement for tomorrow from the coronation, and people will want to take that through into Monday. It’s going to be a really massive day – a moment of legacy.” said Andrew Thorpe.

Another way KCC are encouraging volunteering are through the Kent Volunteer Partnership, an initiative of the Lord Lieutenant of Kent.

KCC have grant funded the campaign which is run at the Ashford Volunteer Centre.

The public are able to find out about volunteering opportunities through their website and organisations can find volunteers.

Kent’s local communities can spend this weekend making a difference to the lives of people around them.

Through the The Big Help Out app, you can find a wide range of volunteering opportunities that are local to you where you can find an area you would like to work with whether that is animal welfare, health and social care or sustainability and environment.


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