Need to talk to Victim Support? What about volunteering to make a stir fry or support an international football tournament? Like the sound of the ukulele? Curious about what’s going on in Thanet and how to get involved? Then Stronger Kent Community Fair might be for you.
The event at Royal Victoria Pavilion, J D Wetherspoon, in Ramsgate, on Wednesday 6 June, has more than 50 stalls from community groups and charities working in the area.
Stallholders offer information and advice on everything from crime prevention to health to gardening to combatting loneliness as well as icebreaker activities such as raffles, static cycle ride, quizzes, tombola and cake. There will be songs from pupils at Priory Infants School, a ukulele band and Baby Sensory Thanet providing art activities for children aged 0-4.
Event organiser Emma Cooney, who works for Thanet Volunteer Bureau’s Stronger Kent Community Project, says the aim is to celebrate the good work happening in Thanet.
“It’s a free event and everyone’s welcome, we even throw in a cup of tea. It’s a chance to chat to lots of different organisations under one roof, get information and advice and discover leisure and voluntary opportunities.
“Volunteering can help you gain skills, boost your CV, meet people, use your knowledge & boost your happiness.
“If you’re not interested in volunteering come and chat to stallholders and see what they can do for you.”
A marquee for Thanet Volunteer Bureau’s weekly social club Your Time will welcome people with assorted games, tea, coffee and cake. The charity’s Thanet Over 50s Forum (TOFFs) campervan will be parked outside as an information and meeting point.
Stallholders include Thanet Coast Project, Our Kitchen On The Isle of Thanet (CIC), Isle of Thanet Sunrise Rotary Club, Age UK Thanet, Monkton Nature Reserve, Pie Factory Music, Incredible Edible Thanet, Arts in Ramsgate, Samphire, Thanet Children’s Centres and more. National charities with projects in Thanet include Victim Support, Beanstalk reading helpers and British Red Cross.
Volunteering roles include everything from local historians, visiting detainees in custody at Margate police station, making a stir fry in front of hungry customers, supporting an international football tournament, helping in drama workshops for adults with learning disabilities and saying hello to everyone from new mums to empty nesters – it’s often surprising who is affected by loneliness.
Stronger Kent Community Fair will run from 11am – 1pm. No need to book, just pop in and take a look.