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Volunteering for us

There have been volunteers at Compaid since our very beginning, and today more than 40 people regularly volunteer at least one day a week in our digital skills training or transport service.

People volunteering in our training centre might help a service user to get creative with art or photography software, or show another how to send an email or to trace their ancestry. Volunteer drivers can take disabled and elderly people to day centres, local attractions, or hospital appointments.

We appreciate the huge contribution that all of our volunteers make to the successful running of our charity, and understand the importance of saying 'thank you’. All volunteers receive regular support starting with a formal induction followed by ongoing training and supervision and an annual appraisal. They can also claim for reasonable travel expenses, so that they are not out of pocket through volunteering at Compaid.

Andy retired from the Metropolitan Police and now volunteers as a driver for Compaid.

“Volunteering is very rewarding and enjoyable. Everyone is very friendly and you are made to feel welcome from the start. I meet and talk to people from all walks of life and every day is different.”

We are currently looking for volunteers to support our services in the following areas:

Chair of Trustees

We are seeking a dynamic individual to join our Board of Trustees as Chair. You will leading a well established charity which breaks down the barriers of digital, social and economic exclusion for disabled, older and other vulnerable people within Kent.

As Chair, you will work alongside 11 other Trustees to set the strategic direction for Compaid as it navigates its way out of the recent Covid pandemic. You will have line management responsibility for our long serving Chief Executive, who manages the charity on behalf of the Board.

Board meetings will be held in person quarterly in Paddock Wood, with the Chair also expected to attend meetings of our Finance and Income Generation sub-committees. These sub-committee meetings will be conducted remotely using Zoom. Regular meetings and communications with the Chief Executive are also expected. In total, the role may take up on average two days per month.

For more information, please see the role description below. If you wish to discuss the role further, please call Stephen Elsden, Chief Executive, on 07935 090643 or email stephenelsden@compaid.org.uk

Applications should be submitted on the form below, and received no later than Friday 7 January 2022.

Chair role description

Volunteer application form

Trustee

We are seeking someone to join our passionate and enthusiatic Board of Trustees. Collectively, Compaid's Trustees set the strategic direction for the charity, and monitor our performance and impact against agreed targets.

We are particularly in speaking to individuals with some experience of road passenger transport, or digital inclusion. These are Compaid's core services, and we are keen enhance the Board's knowledge and direct experience in these areas.

Our Board is committed to diversity in all its forms, and welcome applications from individuals with any background.

Board meetings will be held in person quarterly in Paddock Wood, and all Trustees are expected to join at least one of our sub-committees - either Finance or Income Generation. These additional quarterly meetings will be held online using Zoom.

For more information on the Trustee role and how to apply, please see the links below. If you would like an informal conversation about the role, please contact our Chief Executive, Stephen Elsden, by phone on 07935 090643 or by email at stephenelsden@compaid.org.uk 

The closing date for applications is Friday 7 January 2022.

Trustee role description

Volunteer application form

Volunteer Driver based in Paddock Wood

Our Transport Service has helped those who cannot use public transport to safely get out and about during the pandemic.

We now are looking for experienced drivers join our busy transport team, based in Paddock Wood. This is an interesting and rewarding role as you may be bringing disabled people to and from our digital skills training centre in the town, taking older people on shopping trips to Tunbridge Wells or Tonbridge, or helping run outings in the local area.

You will be driving small minibuses of up to 14 seats, or smaller wheelchair adapted vehicles. The minimum commitment from you is 1 regular day a week expecting to be on the road for around 4-6 hours during the day, with regular breaks.

Volunteer application form

Volunteer Digital Skills trainers based in Paddock Wood

From practical digital skills to companionship, our Training Centre volunteers offer so much, and each brings their individual experience to our regular learners at our friendly centre in Paddock Wood. Volunteers typically spend between two to five hours each day they volunteer, supporting our clients to learn or relearn computer skills in a fun and informal way. Activities may include creative writing, using art or photography software, researching the internet, playing games and sending emails.

Volunteer application form

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