University volunteers help at The Chase care home in Canterbury

Students and alumni of the University of Kent spent a morning volunteering at The Chase care home in Canterbury on Saturday 25 November as part of the Kent Gives Back initiative.

The volunteers, made up of three students and six alumni, spent several hours at the care home chatting with residents and helping staff. They also hosted a Christmas quiz with each resident pairing up with a volunteer to take part.

The event was the second run by Kent Gives Back, after volunteering at the homeless charity Catching Lives in May, and other events are being planned for 2018.

Kent Gives Back also has an international focus with Kent Gives Back America seeing alumni helping at numerous locations such as Washington DC and Chicago. There are plans to extend the initiative into other countries throughout 2018 too.

Anyone with a project they think Kent Gives Back could help with should contact the University’s Alumni Groups Coordinator Naomi Fleet at to discuss in more detail.

Kent Gives Back is just one example of the many ways alumni support the University and its community. In the last year alone, nearly 300 alumni have given their time to mentor students, give talks, take part in a local alumni group, or support recruitment and profile-raising activity.