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Volunteering for people seeking asylum

Funded on Spacehive 26 March 2024

Impact data and claims within this report are provided by the project creator and have not been independently verified by Spacehive.

Volunteering for people seeking asylum

Volunteering for people seeking asylum

Napier Friends By Napier Friends

Support people seeking asylum at Napier Barracks to volunteer in the local community - we will facilitate opportunities to volunteer alongside other local people on projects to improve the local area.

Folkestone Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 26 Mar 2024!

We will improve the local environment and create opportunities for asylum seekers living at Napier Barracks to volunteer in the local community through linking with local projects and organising our own volunteering groups. This project will build links between people living at Napier and the local community, give the men living at Napier opportunities to learn more about life in the UK, and will improve the local area in and around Folkestone. We will undertake conservation tasks, gardening for local charities and community groups, organise litter-picking, and work with other organisations to give opportunities for people seeking asylum to volunteer with other charities in Folkestone and Hythe. We will support the people living at Napier to grow seedlings and plants in the garden onsite at Napier and then transplant these into the gardens of local community groups.

What we'll deliver:

  • 500 people seeking asylum supported to volunteer in the local community
  • 10 gardens of local charities and community groups maintained
  • 30 litter picks organised

Why it's a great idea:

This project has a lot of benefits- Being able to volunteer and participate in activities alongside local citizens will help people with asylum to practice English, learn about life in the UK and aid their integration into British life. The people living at Napier often say that they feel bored- this will offer people something meaningful to do with their time so have a positive impact on their health and wellbeing. The project will also have benefits for the local area, as the men will improve the environment and appearance of areas around Folkestone and Hythe. These activities will also give opportunities for local people to meet and get to know the people living at Napier Barracks, increasing understanding and improving community cohesion.

Steps to get it done:

  • Organise first litterpick
  • Grow seedlings
  • Complete work on first community/ charity garden
  • Complete first conservation volunteering alongside another organisation


Location Folkestone

About the space

Folkestone and Hythe


Shepway District Council

How will the money be spent?Total £11,965

Project Coordinator - £8,853 (74%)
Polytunnel - £1,015 (8%)
Volunteer expenses - £600 (5%)
Litterpicking equipment - £425 (4%)
Pots, compost, gardening tools etc - £300 (3%)
Other - £772 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Project Coordinator
Volunteer expenses
Litterpicking equipment
Pots, compost, gardening tools etc
Other Read More
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT
  • Transaction fees


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Extend the project
  • Work on more gardens

Total £11,965

Our Volunteer List

We're currently looking for people to offer skills and time to develop our project! Check out the list of what we need below and then use the 'Volunteer' button to the right to get involved.

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