Shared Experiences

Every volunteer and organisation has a story to tell and we love to tell great volunteering stories! Here we share stories from local Volunteers, our #MedwayHeroes. We hope your organisation and your volunteers will consider sharing your volunteering stories as it’s a great way to inspire others to get involved in volunteering too.

Medway's Volunteering Community

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Shared Stories

We hope you enjoy some of these stories from volunteers in Medway - keep watching this space as we hope to share more of these extraordinary tales of local people make a real difference to the lives of people living in Medway.

Medway's Volunteer Voices

A short film (made by a volunteer!) to help local Medway organisations celebrate volunteering during Volunteers Week 2017 - click here to watch the film and be inspired


Watch a short film celebrating Medway's volunteers and their heroic support through the Covid-19 pandemic- click here to watch and celebrate our #MedwayHeroes

'Where Volunteering Begins'

Where volunteering begins is a national You Tube campaign it shares stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things, and gives an insight into the diverse range of volunteering opportunities available, and the different people who give their time.

If you have a story about your volunteering experiences that you'd like to share, you can send in your story to us at

The Barry Clout Award – An annual celebration of the outstanding contributions volunteers make to volunteering and local communities every day in Medway.

Barry Clout joined the Board of Trustees of MVA in 2013. Barry was one of life's givers - he gave his time, energy and knowledge freely and generously to things that made a difference. He affected lives for the good in everything he did and was loved and respected everywhere he went. He was especially passionate about young people and the countryside.

When Barry sadly passed away in the September of 2015, he left a legacy in the people that he inspired and the difference he made. In his memory, MVA created an annual award in his name for local volunteers for Outstanding Contributions to Volunteering in Medway.

Click on the links below to hear our 2021 winners accepting their awards.

Click here to view videos of the 2021 winners accepting their awards

To make a nomination for the 2022 Award please download the form by clicking HERE. Once you have completed your nomination please return the form by email to The deadline for all nominations to be received back at the MVA office is by no later than Friday the 28th of October 2022.

Please feel free to contact a member of our volunteering team on or 01634 812 850 if you have any questions about the award and they’ll be more than happy to help.