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Critical Voices

Critical Voices

02 Apr 2014

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Carers First Job Opportunity

Carers First Job Opportunity

06 Mar 2014

Carers FIRST in Kent & Medway deliver significant Carer Support and Assessment services in the South West Kent, Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley and Medway. 


Salary £24,646 - £26,276   37 Hours



Women of Kent

Women of Kent

07 Feb 2014

The 23rd Women of Kent Luncheon. Wednesday 14th May 2014

Venue: Mercure Great Danes Hotel

This years Speaker is Joanna Trollope


Play our 500 Club Lottery

Play our 500 Club Lottery

24 Jun 2013

Please Play our 500 Club Lottery and help support our projects.

This week we had our 2nd 500 club draw! Congratulations to Mrs Miall who won £50! Also to Mr Gould who won £20 & Mrs Watson, Ms Reeson & Mrs Richards who all won £10!


The Kent Volunteers Advisory Group's Newletter

10 Jun 2013

The Kent Volunteers Advisory Group’s newsletter, Get Involved, has lots of inspirational stories and information about volunteering across Kent. VAWK is thrilled to see Weekend Fun Clubs, Safe, 121 Young Carers and Business in the Community included.


“Strictly is back on in Tunbridge Wells”

Strictly is back on in Tunbridge Wells

06 Mar 2013

Thursday 24 th April, 22 nd May, 26 th June, 24 th July

Time 2pm  - 4.30pm Venue The Camden Centre, Tunbridge Wells

Cost £2.50 per person No need to book turn up on the day


VAWK Impact Report 2012

VAWK Impact Report 2012

06 Nov 2012

To view our 2012 Impact Report please click here


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John Spare, President, Voluntary Action within Kent

It is with great sadness that we let you all know of the death of John Spare, our President, and great supporter over the last 50 years. Sadly John passed away on Wednesday 5 th March after a short illness. John founded the Tunbridge Wells Council for Voluntary Service, which grew into Voluntary Action within Kent, back in 1964. John remained a guiding light in shaping all we do now. John unfailingly was available to provide valuable advice, guidance and support whenever needed. VAWK is proud, and lucky, to have had John as our President. A true gentleman and inspiration always, John will be sorely missed by all at VAWK, and indeed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to Pam and John’s family and friends at this very sad time.


A tribute to the late John Spare OBE by Greg Clark MP for Tunbridge Wells

It is a great shock to lose John Spare, one of Tunbridge Wells' most influential and respected citizens and, at the time, the youngest ever Mayor of our Borough.

John's vision and talent helped made Tunbridge Wells the thriving place it is today. As longstanding Leader of the Borough Council, John oversaw the creation of Royal Victoria Place, made Tunbridge Wells a by-word for financial soundness and encouraged the vibrant tapestry of voluntary organisations in the Borough, including creating what is now Voluntary Action Within Kent (VAWK).

Highly intelligent and shrewd, John made up his own mind rather than simply going with the herd. It made him a valuable source of wise counsel to his successors, Leaders of the Council, Members of Parliament and to the many people who came to him for advice.

John will be greatly missed not only for his warmth and stimulating company but as one of the people who made Tunbridge Wells a place that is loved by so many.

Our sympathy goes to his wife, Pam, and his son, Simon.



Welcome to Voluntary Action within Kent's website!

Welcome to the website of Voluntary Action within Kent. We are delighted and proud to announce that 2014 is VAWK’s 50th Anniversary year of serving the community. Over the last 50 years VAWK has grown from strength to strength; we continue to support and develop the voluntary and community sector across Kent, delivering services countywide for children and young people, people living with a disability and older people. We are committed to promote, develop and facilitate social action, supporting independence and empowering communities in our 50th year.



Information Highlights

Weekend Fun Club Assistants Required

Weekend Fun Club Assistants Required

23 Jan 2013

We  are looking for enthusiastic people to work on our Weekend Fun Clubs for children with disabilities throughout kent.



Spring 2014 Training Calendar

Training brochure

12 Jan 2011

Essential skills for effective delivery

Unwanted I.T Equipment?

Re-Computer Recycling

14 Dec 2010

Re-furbish...  Re-cycle...  Re-use

Contact Details

Voluntary Action Within Kent
17-19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent,

01892 530330
01892 532539

Offices also throughout Kent and Medway

Registered charity number 1108388
Registered company number 5354482