Kent Gives Back – Volunteer to support Walk the Walk

The Kent Gives Back weekend is fast approaching and we’re looking for any alumni, students or staff who would be able to volunteer at the events to support a range of charitable activities.

The first event is The MoonWalk London on Saturday evening. The MoonWalk is organised by Walk the Walk, the UK’s largest grant-making breast cancer charity that is dedicated to not only raising money and awareness for vital breast cancer causes, but to also encourage women and men to become more aware of their own potential for fitness and wellbeing. The MoonWalk overnight power walking challenges have raised over £122m, which has been granted to research into breast cancer and to improve the lives of people living with cancer now.

If you would like to be there as a steward, head to the Facebook event for more information and details on how to sign up.

Volunteers wanted at PWRR & Queen’s Museum, Dover Castle

The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and Queen’s Regiment Museum at Dover Castle (located within the keep walls at Dover Castle, but unaffiliated with English Heritage) are looking for volunteers who would like to get involved in collections care, research, public engagement, and website development and social media.

Catherine Holt, the Assistant Curator of the museum, has come to speak at the University on a number of occasions over the last few years, and is very interested in welcoming new volunteers to the museum and providing training in all the different aspects of curation and museum management. If you would like to get involved, please contact her via email at

Volunteers needed for a new project exploring representations of the Zeebrugge Raid of 1918


A free event at the University of Kent
Friday 11th May 2018
10am – 3pm

Gateways to the First World War is launching a new project to investigate the ways in which the famous Zeebrugge raid of 1918 was presented to the British people, using local and national newspapers and magazines as a source.

We would like to recruit a team of volunteers to work with Professor Mark Connelly in exploring the stories relating to the raid.

Join us at this event at the University of Kent to find about more about the project and how to get involved.

Find full details of the event and book your place here.

Volunteers wanted to support Smart Eco City: Canterbury 2050

Smart Eco City: Canterbury 2050

‘Smart Eco City: Canterbury 2050’ is a special one day workshop/symposium, to be held on 14th May at the University of Kent’s Canterbury campus. The event will be an interdisciplinary sandpit where multidisciplinary teams will work on building a virtual blueprint for Canterbury 2050, drawing on latest developments from all fields.

The workshop organiser is seeking to recruit a number of volunteers to help ensure the day runs smoothly. Read on to find out more, or see the workshop’s website and Sway presentation:

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Volunteering: Roles at PWRR and Queen’s Museum

The Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment and the Queen’s Regiment Museum – based inside Dover Castle – have several volunteering opportunities available, to work with their staff as a Collections Assistant or a Museum Assistant.

These roles are excellent opportunities for any students interested in a career in the museums and heritage sector to gain some invaluable experience of working in a busy museum. Training will be provided, and travel costs to and from Dover Castle will be provided by the museum (applicants may also be eligible to receive funding from the University’s Experience of Work bursary scheme).

For more information, download the role descriptions below. To apply, email the Assistant Curator, Catherine Holt, at

Museum Assistant

Collections Assistant

Guest Post: Get involved with Enactus Kent


Enactus Kent is a student organisation which creates volunteer projects that are environmentally and economically sustainable, to solve problems in communities around the world.

We are a part of Enactus, an international non-profit organisation aimed at university students, in order to make a difference in the community while developing skills to become socially responsible leaders. Currently, Enactus has 70,000 students spread across 36 countries working on nearly 5000 projects a year.

At Enactus Kent, we are working to solve problems in 3 different countries through our 4 volunteer projects:

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Guest Post: Enactus Kent

Kent Union supports over a hundred and fifty student-run societies and sports clubs. Getting involved in any society or club can be great for your employability, but one of the most relevant is Enactus Kent, part of the worldwide Enactus volunteering organisation. Jameela Ahmed from Enactus Kent would like to introduce you to the work they are doing in Canterbury to help change people’s lives, and to tell you how you can get involved. See the end of the article for the events they are holding during Welcome Week and the first week of term.

Enactus is a worldwide organisation which uses entrepreneurial knowledge to help empower people to change their livelihoods in a sustainable way.  It’s an international non-profit organisation, with over 70,000 students in 36 countries, working on nearly 5000 projects. It is aimed at university students by business leaders, in order to make a difference in the community while helping them develop skills to become socially responsible business leaders.

Enactus Kent is a student led organisation, where students are encouraged to create and run their own volunteer projects.

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Volunteering – ‘100 miles for 100 years’

‘100 miles for 100 years’ is a series of thirty self-guided heritage trails themed on local people, events and places relevant to the First World War in Kent. Each trail will feature landmarks illustrated with images marking where people lived or an event happened. Each image will be accompanied by a brief informative description to be used whilst following the trail but with links to encourage deeper exploration of local issues and events. The Kent in WW1 team are looking for anyone who would be interested in helping develop these trails.

The trails will be available as mobile-compliant apps from including full downloadable directions and health and safety guidance. Also on the website is a downloadable pdf version with more details including a trail quiz to encourage deeper interaction and an interesting activity for families. They are also available as a leaflet.

The trails will be developed in association with local people who will be given the opportunity to receive training in trail development and event organisation. Each individual trail will have a launch event where the community can join together to learn about their locality in the First World War.

If you would like to be involved in supporting the development of trails in Ashford, Canterbury, Dartford, Deal, Dover, Gravesend, Herne Bay, Isle of Sheppey, Lydd, Maidstone, Margate, Ramsgate, Sevenoaks, Southborough and High Brooms, Tenterden and Tonbridge, please contact or

You can find more volunteering opportunities related to the School’s Gateways to the First World War project at

Volunteering – WWI Oral History project at Lowewood Museum

Lowewood Museum in Hertfordshire has begun a project focusing on a set of five diaries written in World War One. The man who wrote them served in both the RAMC and in the Essex regiment, and the project leader is looking for four volunteers to help transcribe them. If you would be interested in taking part in this project, see below for details.

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#KentGivesBack – Sat 20th May

On Saturday 20th May Kent Union and the University of Kent are partnering together for the first ever #KentGivesBack, a day of volunteering in which we are inviting currents students and alumni to volunteer at Catching Lives, Canterbury.

We will be preparing lunch and running activities for service users until around 12pm, interacting with service users and carrying out social activities, arts and crafts and games.


If you would like to take part, please sign up at