Volunteer With KCU

KCU has been supported by volunteers since it was launched in 1984. Through the support of the volunteer team, KCU can achieve its charitable aims. There are five locations where volunteers can develop or gain skills. Through volunteering 1 volunteer has left to go into work every 5 weeks.

Volunteering Locations

  • Clothes shop
  • Furniture shop
  • Warehouse
  • Digital media
  • Office Admin
  • Foodbank

Please download an application form here, you can then either email the form to sylvia.mclevy@kcultd.org.uk or hand in to the office at 51 Gold Street.

Volunteer Application Form

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Furniture Shop Volunteers

The KCU Furniture & Household Goods Shop is our newest shop on Kettering High Street and will work closely with the KCU Warehouse where the furniture is stored. KCU holds the upcycling contract with Kettering Borough Council. This involves preventing reusable furniture from going to landfill. Along with receiving donations from members of the public KCU runs a termly course teaching skills around upcycling and mending items which are then sold in the shop.

Experience you will need to volunteer in this shop;

  • Serving customers.
  • Researching and fair pricing.
  • Preparing stock for sale.
  • Maintaining the overall look of the shop.
  • Operating the till.
  • Arranging Deliveries and collections.

The shop is open six days a week Monday – Saturday from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm. During this time volunteers will be working together as a team to ensure the overall running of the shop is smooth.

Volunteer hours:

Monday – Saturday

  1. 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  2. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  3. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

What’s in it for you!

Alongside supporting a charity that supports the people of Kettering you will be supported to upskill and get into work. KCU supports those who experience complex barriers and this year 1 volunteer has left to go in to work every five weeks. Along with upskilling in the shop KCU hosts certified and non-certified courses, including Food Hygiene, Customer Service, and IT courses.

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Clothes Shop Volunteers

The KCU Clothes shop sells second hand/used clothes and other small household items that donated to the charity by members of the public. Kettering has many charity shops and KCU works hard to remain the lowest priced offering good quality items.

Skills developed by Volunteers  are:

  • Serving and helping the General Public
  • Stock rotation.
  • Researching and fair pricing.
  • Preparing stock for sale.
  • Maintaining the overall look of the shop.
  • Operating the till.

Volunteer hours:

Monday – Saturday

  1. 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
  2. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  3. 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

What’s in it for you!

Alongside supporting a charity that supports the people of Kettering you will be supported to upskill and get into work. KCU supports those who experience complex barriers and this year 1 volunteer has left to go in to work every five weeks. Along with upskilling in the shop KCU hosts certified and non-certified courses, including Food Hygiene, Customer Service, and IT courses.

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KCU is home to Kettering and District Foodbank’s

KCU Foodbank works differently from traditional food banks. Our foodbank works in partnership with organizations that have specialisms in areas to support members of the public out of their situation. Therefore, the volunteers at our foodbank do not meet members of the public who are looking for emergency food support. The Foodbank Volunteers prepare parcels that are delivered weekly to KCU partners.

Volunteers at the Foodbank hub are tasked with:

  • Receiving donations from food donors.
  • Weighing in food donations.
  • Date rotation of stock.
  • Shelf stacking.
  • Making up parcels.

Volunteer hours are:

Monday       10:00am – 12:00pm

Tuesday       10:00am – 12:00pm

Wednesday 10:00am – 12:00pm

Friday          10:00am – 12:00pm

What’s in it for you!

Alongside supporting a charity that supports the people of Kettering, you will be supported to upskill and get into work. KCU supports those who experience complex barriers to work, this year 1 volunteer has left to go in to work every five weeks. Along with a long with upskilling in the shop KCU hosts certified and non-certified courses, including Food Hygiene, Customer Service and IT courses to help to work.

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Resource Center September – June

The resource center is in front of the house at the KCU Learning Centre. Meeting and greeting learners, tutors, and those who come to access crisis support from KCU.

KCU Courses run from September through to June with three intakes to courses that start with enrolling at the KCU enrolment day. The courses are hosted by KCU, delivered by NCC Neighborhood Learning and WEA, and vary from certified to confidence building.

The crisis element to the role is offered to those who come to KCU for support during a crisis, they may need many forms of support from the specialized community in Kettering. Volunteers will have access to a database of phone numbers to enable a warm referral and ensure those who are experiencing crisis received needed support.

The receptionist is tasked with:

  • Ensuring entry into the building
  • Taking details from those who need support
  • Calling specialized organizations and setting up warm referrals

What’s in it for you!

Alongside supporting a charity that supports the people of Kettering you will be supported to upskill and get into work. KCU supports those who experience complex barriers this year 1 volunteer has left to go in to work every five weeks. Along with a long with upskilling through volunteering KCU hosts certified and non-certified courses, including Food Hygiene, Customer Service, and IT courses.

Monday 9:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Wednesday 9:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Thursday 9:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 3:00pm

Friday 9:00am – 12:00pm or 12:30pm – 3:00pm

What’s in it for you!

Alongside supporting a charity that supports the people of Kettering you will be supported to upskill and get into work. KCU supports those who experience complex barriers this year 1 volunteer has left to go in to work every five weeks. Along with upskilling in the shop KCU hosts certified and non-certified courses, including Food Hygiene, Customer Service, and IT courses.

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Social Media Volunteer

Since 2017 KCU has become more social media active, posting, and tweeting information about the charity. To assist with the fast pace of digital media a volunteer would take on the role of ensuring that our Facebook and Twitter feed is active and up to date.

Social Media volunteer tasks include:

  • Posting on Facebook.
  • Creating visual assets to promote the work of the Charity.
  • Leading on social media campaigns.

Volunteering hours are:

Tuesday 1:30-3:00pm

Thursday 1:30 – 3:00pm

What’s in it for you!

Alongside supporting a charity that supports the people of Kettering you will be supported to upskill and get into work. KCU supports those who experience complex barriers and this year 1 volunteer has left to go in to work every five weeks. Along with upskilling in the shop, KCU offers volunteers the ability to attend courses to increase employability. Each term KCU holds certified and non-certified courses, including Food Hygiene, Customer Service, and IT courses.

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KCU Warehouse Volunteer

Since April 2018 the warehouse now has the ability to store stock that is donated for resale. Through having the warehouse KCU can now, prepare stock for sale before it is moved into the shop for sale in addition to this KCU will also be applying Gift Aid to large items that are sold. To enable this to happen we are creating a warehouse process and will need the support of volunteers.

Volunteer tasks around stock preparation:

  • Sorting ensuring it is fit for sale
  • Collecting donations from the shops
  • Storing safely ready for sale
  • Delivering to the shops
  • Applying the Gift Aid information
  • Fixing/upcycling when needed

Volunteering hours:

Monday 10:00am – 3:00pm

Wednesday 10:00am – 3:00pm

Thursday 10:00am – 3:00pm

What’s in it for you!

Alongside supporting a charity that supports the people of Kettering you will be supported to upskill and get into work. KCU supports those who experience complex barriers and this year 1 volunteer has left to go in to work every five weeks. Along with upskilling in the shop, KCU offers volunteers the ability to attend courses to increase employability. Each term KCU holds certified and non-certified courses, including Food Hygiene, Customer Service, and IT courses.

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KCU Mentor/Befrienders 

The Mentor/Befriender role was launched in July 2016. KCU Mentor/Befrienders is a trained team of KCU volunteers who share their skills with other volunteers who wish to upskill and develop confidence or enhance their employability. To find out more about the Inclusive Mentor/Befriender Project. 

Mentees/Befriendees are either current KCU Volunteers or are referred to KCU through the partnerships. If you wish to find out more about referral please see here

Mentors/Befrienders are tasked with:

  • Working 1-1 every week with their Mentee/Befriender.
  • Setting goals.
  • Focusing on their own personal development.
  • Attending exclusive training events.

An informal interview, DBS check, training, and support are provided to undertake this role. If you are interested in becoming a KCU Mentor/Befriender Volunteer please call the main KCU office and speak to Sylvia at 01536 481989

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