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Cross-Sector Networking Event - 19th September

Cross-Sector Networking Event - 19th September


In preparation for our forthcoming event, KentCAN would like to introduce you to the organisations who have registered to attend our event in Faversham.

Although bookings are now closed, if you would like to attend please come along 

Abbey Physic Community Gardens

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Edwina Jackaman

Action with Communities in Rural Kent

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Paul Venning

Action with Communities in Rural Kent is a charity that has been working with – and led by – people in rural communities for more than 90 years.
What we do:
# Provide direct advice and support to community organisations.
# Stimulate community action, particularly voluntary action, and encourage good practice.
# Develop and manage demonstration projects.
# Provide professional support and advice to key service providers.
# Raise awareness of rural issues and influence decision makers.

Our current expertise includes the management of community-owned buildings such as village halls, development of social enterprises, enabling the provision of local needs housing, helping people find work and business support for village shops.
Typically we work on more than 400 community projects a year; this is possible thanks to a range of public, private and civil society bodies that invest in what we do.



Jacqui Davis 
Jacqui Davis
Young Addaction Manager

Providing Services to: Children | Families | Health | Young People

Substance misuse and mental health services


Alexander Centre Trust C.I.C, The

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Alison Fellows
General Manager

As well as providing Arts & Cultural events, we also have facilities for business users (meeting rooms to hire etc).


Ashford Borough Council

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Sheila Davison
Management Assistant

Providing Community Safety | Health services

Emergency Planning, Parking, Environmental Protection, Licensing, Food Safety


Ashford CCG

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Christopher Morley
Lay Member, Public & Patient Engagement

Providing Health services

Ashford Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) consists of local GPs and other health professionals from the Ashford area.As a group, we are responsible for deciding which NHS services are provided, by whom and where.


Ashford Community Care

Martin Kemp  
Martin Kemp

Providing Health | Older People | Transport services and a practical Help at Home Service for Ashford and local communities.


Ashford Volunteer Centre & Stronger Kent Commmunities

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Beth Peel

Lee Robinson
Volunteer Services Coordinator 

Services Provided: Education | Employment | Older People | Young People Services

We promote volunteering opportunities. Run training courses. Volunteer transport. Community care navigator. Spice Credits. Young trustees.



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Malou Bengtsson-Wheeler
Area Manager

Provides Education services to Children

Beanstalk recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide one-to-one literacy support in early years settings and primary schools to children who have fallen behind with their reading.


British Redcross

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Rebecca Stewart
Independent Living Service Manager

Providing Services on/to: Education | Families | Health | Older People | Transport | Young People

We provide, health and social care, education, refugee services, ambulance support and emergency response.


Cancer Research UK

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Lynette Farley
Local Fundraising Manager

Providing Health services

Cancer Research UK funds scientists, doctors and nurses to help beat cancer sooner. We also provide cancer information to the public. In Kent we have many amazing volunteer groups and companies working with us to continue this life-saving work. We are looking to partner with more local businesses to work together to achieve both our goals and theirs. We have great experience with corporate partnerships please introduce yourself I would love to tell you more at the event on 19th September.


Canterbury & District Early Years Project

Jennie Thompson 
Jennie Thompson
CDEYP Manager

Providing Services to Children | Families

CDEYP is a registered charity now in its 24th year of operation. The charity was set up to provide support services to children and families within the city and coastal areas in Canterbury, Kent. CDEYP is inclusive, non-judgemental, and governed by the needs of its communities. CDEYP aims to focus primarily on prevention, early intervention and addressing families issues in a positive and supportive manner. The charity offers parenting support programmes, play sessions, short courses, family events, a community breakfast club and various support groups to meet the needs of the community and to promote strong family relationships and positive outcomes for all.


Carers Support

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Sue Ross
Maggie Pordage
Carers Support Senior Manager

Providing Services to Older People

Carers Support clients are unpaid family carers who are over 16years of age. So therefore we work in partnership with many organisations... and we would like to meet others who are like minded.



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Helen Turner

Services provided: Children | Education | Environment | Employment | Health | Young People

Communigrow is a community food growing charity growing vegetables and herbs at Ditton, near Maidstone.  We offer free sessions to schools and groups to participate in the full growing cycle.  Currently we have students who have disabilities from 3 Special Schools, some of whom come as part of their employability qualifications.  Also some adults with support needs.



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Jeremy Lamb

Provides Business Support

Support and consultancy for boards and CEOs for ongoing activities and strategic planning 


Copperhouse Adventure Training

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Lindsay Robinson
Project Manager

Providing Children | Education | Environment | Health | Sport | Young People services

We provide affordable outdoor education for all sectors of the community



Vicky Ellis 
Vicky Ellis
Marketing & Office Manager

Environmental services

CPRE Kent aims to protect the beautiful Kent countryside.



Debbie Smith 
Debbie Smith

Providing services to Older People

We provide Advocacy and Information and Advice service for older people 50+.  This is delivered by a team of 50 volunteer advocates across Kent.


East Kent Sands (the stillbirth & neonatal death charity)

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Chris Twydell

Providing services to Children | Families | Health | Older People | Young People

We support anyone affected by the death of a baby.


Espression Arts

Catherine Arnell 
Catherine Arnell

Providing services to Art & Culture | Children | Education | Families | Health | Older People | Young People

Recently registered as a CIC after running as a Ltd Company for 10 years. We deliver creative arts experiences and opportunities to everyone in the community and specialise in - Older People, Babies/Toddlers and children, Corporate Team Building and more recently wellbeing and creativity. We have a shop/studio space in Canterbury but run mobile services across Kent, we can help and support organisations with funding applications to realise their projects in partnership with ourselves. We focus on ceramics and mosaic making but will deliver a wide range of creative mediums ourselves and in partnership with our partner network of artists (animation, pottery, tshirt printing, chocolate making and more)


Faversham Assistance Centre (FACE)

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Becky Duffy
Project Manager

Provides: Employment | Older People

FACE Provide support for elderly and disabled who are financially challenged by providing garden maintenance and DIY jobs for their homes on a donation only basis.


Faversham Counselling

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Sarah Pearce
Managing Director

We are a counselling service. We have a contract with one of the local CCGs. We also offer private counselling and we can offer employers an employee assist package.


Faversham Town Council

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Louise Bareham
Town Clerk


Faversham Town Council - Visit Faversham

Hannah Tilley 
Hannah Tilley
Tourism Officer


FCS Talking Therapies

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Sarah Pearce
Managing Director

We provide NHS IAPT service as well as private counselling services including employee assist and other theraputic services



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Ann-Marie Fischer 
Head of
Sarah Ingram 
Head of Parenting & Development

Provides services to Children | Families | Young People

Fegans provides qualified counselling to children and young people and emotional and practical support to struggling parents.     


Home-Start Thanet

Sharon Lewis 
Sharon Lewis
Executive Manager

Services provided: Children | Education | Families | Health | Young People

Please visit Home-Start Thanet website for further information.


Hyde Housing

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Maddassar Arif
Projects & Partnership Manager

Please visit Hyde Housing website for further information.


Imagine Futures

Sammy Gildroy 
Sammy Gildroy
Creative Consultant

Provides services for Art & Culture | Education and Business Support

Imagine Futures provides expert advice, project management support and high quality multidisciplinary consultancies across a number of sectors.


Includes Us 2

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Lindsay Godley

We provide support to disabled children, young people and their families.


Involve Kent

Lizzie Lowrey 
Lizzie Lowrey
Marketing & Engagement Officer

Services provided: Health | Older People | Transport

Involve exists to support, enable and value giving in all its forms. This includes caring, volunteering, peer support, skill sharing, giving views to shape policy, social and community action, philanthropy and corporate social responsibility. 


Kent Association for the Blind

Eithne Rynne (1) 
Eithne Rynne
Chief Executive

Provides services to Children | Families | Older People | Young People

Support Blind and Partially Sighted People in Kent, Medway and Bromley


Kent CAN & Stronger Kent Commmunities

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Jane Roberts
Chair of the Board
Paula Saunders
Engagement Manager
Roy Laming

KentCAN is a Community Interest Company (CIC) creating connections between organisations and individuals wishing to support or enhance communities in Kent and Medway through partnerships based on shared expertise and/or through funding.

We are supporting Stronger Kent Communities in the process of developing our website to provide an interface so that the public and organisations find it easy and quick to identify and link with the right people in the VCSE. 


Kent Community Foundation

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Natalie Smith
Funds Manager

James Horne
Investment Funds Manager


Provides: Grant Funding


Kent County Council

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Mark Parrin
Employment Coordinator

Provides: Employment | Young People

We deliver employment support to our clients with disability/disadvantaged and support employers to enable them to be disability confident.


Kent High Weald Partnership

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Kim Richards
Partnership Manager

Provides services for Children | Education | Environment | Employment | Health | Young People

We are a non profit countryside partnership hosted by KCC


Kent Training and Apprenticeships-Kent County Council

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Terry McDonald
Partnership Development Manager

Provides Education services

Apprenticeships and Pre Apprenticeships, Adult Education and Skills Plus



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Helen Collins
Volunteer Services Manager

Providing NHS services to Older People | Young People 



Razia Shariff 
Razia Shariff

Services provided: Art & Culture | Community Safety | Education | Health | Young People

KRAN works with young unaccompanied asylum seekers and refugees offering support services, learning for life education, advocacy and support, mentoring and community outreach activities.


Maidstone and Medway Cruse

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Graeme Brown
Fundraising Coordinator

Provides Healther services to Children | Older People | Young People

Bereavement Counselling for Maidstone and Medway


MXCP Trust

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Charlotte Newton

Provides Education | Sport services to Children | Young People

Youth charity for Kent area - getting young people back in education, employment or training and building on mentoring for social and mental welfare.


North Kent Mind

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Richard Giles
Deputy CEO
Sarah Crouch
Employmnet Advisor

Providing Mental Health services| Employment | Housing to Older People | Young People


Royal Association for Deaf people (RAD)

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Laura Brown
Development & Engagement Manager

Providing services: Children | Employment | Families | Older People | Young People

Providing services direct to Deaf BSL users not via interpretation.


Rural Age Concern Darent Valley

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Liam Curran
Chief Executive Officer

Providing Older People | Transport Services

RACDV is an independent registered charity providing a day centre and hot meals, lunch clubs, activities, transport and shopping trips for elderly and frail clients over the state retirement age and resident in the RACDV catchment area. Generally speaking our catchment area of benefit between Sevenoaks and Dartford and Gravesend.We have been providing services for the elderly and disabled for over 65 years. The charity was formed in 1951 as the Dartford Rural District Old Peoples Welfare Committee.


Sheerness Youth CIO

Ray Featherstone 
Ray Featherstone MBE
Senior Youth Worker / Trustee

Services provided: Art & Culture | Community Safety | Education | Health | Sport | Young People

The Sheerness County Youth Centre under KCC for 52 years but became and independent charity  and  now been operating for 4 years providing youth provision for young people on the isle of Sheppey


Social Enterprise Kent

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Rebecca Smith
Director of Community Enterprise

Provides Education | Employment services to Older People | Young People

SEK is a community interest company that is committed to working with individuals and communities to help improve lives.  We have a Skills Funding Agency contract that supports people to get qualifications from entry level employability, English, maths and ICT, apprenticeships and right up to management qualifications.   Furthermore, SEK runs two successful Building Better Opportunities Projects that help people get back into work.  We also run the Ageless Thanet project, which is one of 14 national Ageing Better programmes helping to reduce social isolation in the over 50 population.


Spirit of Peace

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Bridget Cambridge
Charity Development

Providing Health services

Creating a culture of peace and human flourishing through workshops, community engagement and training programmes, applicable to interpersonal, family, community, business and global relationships.


Stonger Kent Communities 

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Rosemary Selling
Programme Co-ordinator 

SKC is a new CiC set up to support VCSEs across Kent.


Stronger Kent Commmunities & Shepway Volunteer Centre 

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Janet Johnson

Providing Education| Transport services to Older People 


Stronger Kent Commmunities & Swale Community & Voluntary Services

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Julia Watling
Swale VC Manager 

Services provided: Transport for Older People and Business Support

We provide a befriending service - one to one befriending, lunch club, telephone befriending and a games club - and a volunteer transport scheme.


Stronger Kent Commmunities - Fresh Perspectives project 

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Sarwah Mhanna
Fresh Perspecitves Coordinator

Providing services for Young People

The Fresh Perspectives project aims to recruit young people as trustees for charities across Kent. 


Swale Community Leisure

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Dave Harcourt
Executive Officer

Services provided: Health | Sport

Swale Community Leisure operates leisure centres in the Borough of Swale on behalf of the local authority


Thanet District Council

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Rob Kenyon
Director: Community Services

Services provided: Art & Culture | Community Safety | Environment | Housing | Sport and Business Support

TDC provides a range of services to the people of Thanet


The Harmony Therapy Trust CIO

Dawn Cockburn 
Dawn Cockburn
Founder and President

Providing Health services

We provide free supportive therapy to assist the seriously ill into wellness and emotional wellbeing


Therapy Partners

Alan Heyes 
Alan Heyes

Service provided: Children | Education | Families | Health | Young People

We offer therapy for familes, individuals, children and young people throughout a range of different issues including eating disorder prevention, mental health and relationship counselling. we also offer training and seminars for professionals.


Together Canterbury

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Keith Berry
Partnership Development Worker

Service provided: Faith | Families | Older People

Community services such as signposting, money management courses, small scale grants and support for new community groups.


Town & Country Housing

Sara Hutchinson 
Sarah Hutchinson
Community Investment Manager

We are the charitable arm of Town & Country Housing looking to support residents into employment.

We actively seek funding opportunities and partnership working.  The relationships that we build through networking opportunities help us to go on to achieve our goals


Thanet Volunteer Bureau  & Stronger Kent Commmunities

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Kerry Smith
Bureau Manager 

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Project Coordinator

Thanet Volunteer Bureau is a registered charity and for over 27 years we have actively promoted, supported and developed volunteering across Thanet.  We now successfully manage a variety of projects


University of Kent

Hilary Edridge
Hilary Edridge
Head of Strategic Relationships

Provides Education services

As a higher education institution we provide education to over 20,000 students.


We are Beams

Caroline Brinkman (1)
Caroline Brinkman
Fundraising and Marketing Manager

Provides Business Support and Services to: Children | Education | Families | Young People

We are Beams is a local charity that supports disabled children and their families. 

The disabled children and young people who access our services will typically have one or multiple learning difficulties, complex health needs, physical or sensory impairment, challenging behaviour, Autism or severe ADHD. 

Our work is divided up into four key areas. These are Short Breaks Services, Family Advice Service, Direct Payment Service and Dragon’s Retreat Short Break Unit. 

We need to raise £1.4 million in order to continue our care services to the most vulnerable in society. At any one time we support 350 families.

Our funding comes through grants, donations, charitable giving and a supporting community/business sector working alongside Kent County Council Social Services.


Youth Central

Alison Davis
Alison Davis

Youth Central CIC is a non-profit making organisation that works with a specific but not exclusive focus on young women aged 11- 25 years old in Kent and Medway. Its purpose is to raise confidence and aspirations, informally educate young women about issues that affect them and develop their skills and potential. The charity offers youth work programmes and workshops in the community, often partnering with other agencies. Youth Central is a part of the Stronger Kent Communities consortium which is commissioned by Kent County Council to offer infrastructure support to the voluntary sector in Kent.