A new Volunteering Network project was officially launched by Health Action Charity Organisation (HACO) in Gillingham on Saturday the 6th of February 2016. HACO an Organisation that work to improve the health and wellbeing of African communities to reduce health inequalities has received grant from money raised by HealthWhole through The Health Lottery. The Volunteering Network project will be targeting African people in the Medway area. HACO will be working with CTRIM to provide the programme which will include trainings on volunteering, talks on different subjects twice a month on Saturdays and an opportunity for a volunteer placement in order to make a difference in the community they live. Many people from the African communities have never been a volunteer, so this project will give them an outlet to make a difference in their community. With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health To raise awareness of Volunteering, the charity is hosting a community picnic and Away Day as part of the project in the summer. We will be sharing our experience as the project develops. News and resources will be posted on this website. If you would like to hear more about the project or want volunteers for your Organisation, please email Tina @


Our Sponsors


Thank you for doing something wonderful – choosing to support the work of HACO. Without your support, we would be unable to help our community. Whether you are an individual, trust or company , your thoughtful support is enabling our teams to make a lasting impact on the lives of African people affected or infected by HIV in Medway .

On behalf of them all, the following organisations should accept our sincerest thanks and gratitude.

Lloyds TSB Foundation
NAHIP ( Partnership)
AIDS Support Grant
Medway Council
Award for All
Kent Community Foundation
Lankeley Chase Foundation
Co-operative Group South East Region
Medway PCT
Eastern & coastal Kent PCT