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 Age Concern Malling

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Lynda Rootes

Registered Manager

We offer Dementia Day Care, open 6 days a week. Young onset Dementia clubs. Community day care with transport. Independent living housework. Bathing, Hairdresser, Domiciliary and Clinics for Foot Care, Befriending, Sitting services.

I want to meet with the VCSE organisations and make some contacts for further work together.



Alpha Charity Consulting

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Phil Auden



We provide business services to charities by providing Business and Financial Advice, Governance, HR and Social Media services

We would like to talk to organisations specialising in Education, Environment , Employment, Families, Housing and Older People



Alzheimer's and Dementia Support Services

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Sarah Taylor

Senior Service Development Manager

We provide community services for people living with dementia.  I would like to talk to organisations specialising in the Arts, Community Safety, Health, Older People, Sport and Transport.



Ashford Museum

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Robert Shrubb



Providing Art and Culture services to children.

I would like to explore the potential to create / joining new networks
Possible linking with businesses that might provide funding



Blue Town Heritage Centre

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Jenny Hurkett



We partner with schools, the elderly especially dementia linked organisations, disability groups, prisons, other  heritage and visitor attractions

I am hoping to meet people who would like to use our venue for their organisations talk to others about partnering and how people are facing the challenge of moving form being totally voluntary into offering paid work.



Burrswood Health and Wellbeing

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Angela Painter



We offer a range of healthcare services including a nurse and therapy-led reablement unit, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, psychotherapy, supported and respite stays, counselling, Christian ministry and prayer, guest stays and wellbeing events.

I am looking to develop relationships with key organisations within the health and adult social care sector and faith based organisations and network with other CEOs.



Citizens Advice in North & West Kent

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Angela Newey



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Caroline Farquhar

Development and Funding Manager

We would like to talk to organisations specialising in Community Safety, Families, Health, Housing, Older and Young People



Citizens Advice Tunbridge Wells & District

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Liz de Villiers



Providing advice services on Education, Employment, Families, Health and Housing 



Cobtree Manor Park Golf Club/ Mytimeactive

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Eleanor Wallton

General Manager

I am looking to meet other companies to discuss how we can help them and how they can help us. To learn more about other companies within our area




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Helen Turner



Communigrow is a community food growing project  aiming to reconnect people with where their food comes from.  We grow a range of chemical free vegetables and herbs. We organise sessions for school and groups particularly for students with a range of disabilities.

I would like to network with organisations specialising in Children, Education, Environment, Employment, Health and Young People




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Stephen Elsden

Chief Executive


Compaid provides digital skills training and accessible transport to disabled and other disadvantaged people across Kent and Medway.

I would like to meet new contacts / partners specialising in
Education, Employment, Older People and Transport 




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Henu Cummins



We provide domestic abuse support to women, men and children local to West Kent. 

I am hoping to meet local organisations with a view to partnership working, sharing resources, best practice etc



Dover smART Project

Laura Graham

Dawn Maddison

Project Coordinator

Dawn Maddison

Laura Graham 

Project Coordinator

We are a Dover-based charity supporting vulnerable and disadvantaged people through creative community projects.

Established in AD389850-F616-4716-9CA6-472F2A501FBE, the vision was to use the great leveller and our passion - art in all its forms - to bring people together and to unleash potential and talent, to nurture confidence and a sense of belonging.

We are battling loneliness and exclusion and the devastating effects of mental health issues with our work and encouraging people into a safe space where before they have found themselves on the fringes of society, for one reason or another that with no way back from there. We are proof, there is always hope.

We operate from my GALLERY on Dover seafront which serves as a hub. However, we also run a number of outreach projects and our aspirations to push this further are now pulling at the leash.



Dyslexia House Association

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Judith Northwood-Boorman



I'd like to network and get new ideas. We've linked up with Medway Mermaids and Nucleus Arts for a "Poisitive about Dyslexia" competition. This has helped our profile within Medway and Mid Kent 



East Kent Sands (the stillborth and neonatal death charity)

Chris Twydell

Chris Twydell



We support anyone affected by the death of a baby, no matter when. 

We have developed great partnerships with the NHS, lots of support organisations and community organisations.

We run the unique Ashford Baby Memorial Garden right in Ashford town centre with over 200 namestones remembering our very special babies.

I would like to talk to organisations specialising in

Children | Families | Health | Housing | Older People and Young People




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Jacqueline Bobb

Chief Officer

 We provide health services



Gordon Road Area Street Scheme (GRASS)

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Simon Bell


We are a community group that organises events for local residents in Cliftonville

I would like to talk to organisations specialising in Arts, Community Safety, Education, Environment and Families



Greatness Residents' Association

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Karen Hilson




I would like to meet Companies with CSR Remit looking for opportunities



Healthwatch Kent

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Nicky Scott 

Communications & Relationships

Our umbrella organisation Engaging Kent is a social enabler and would be interested in meeting like minded organisations



Herne Bay Museum Trust

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Alan Porter




We are a small Town museum looking for volunteers and Trusteeship, sponsorship from businesses. We hold events for children and schools as well Museum type activities.



Holding On Letting Go

Caroline Ford

Caroline Ford


HOLG is a registered charity providing bereavement support to children and young people, aged 6-16, and their families across Kent and Medway.

I would like to meet other organisations working within the same area and to engage with local businesses who may want to become involved with HOLG



Kent Savers

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Catherine Parker


Provides fair credit and savings plans to Kent residents, including affordable responsible personal loans in particular to individuals vulnerable to resorting to high-cost payday lenders or illegal loan sharks.



Kent Community Foundation

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James Horne

Investment Funds Manager

Wd like to talk to any trading charities/social enterprises who might be interested in blended grant/loan facility.




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Jane Roberts

Chair of the Board and Director

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Paula Saunders

Engagement Manager

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.



Maidstone Area Arts Partnership / Kent Arts and Wellbeing 

Ken Scott

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MAAP represents the interests of arts organisations (largely voluntary) in the Maidstone Area, and organises larger scale multi organisation events. We also work to promote arts and health and support organisations interested in it.

We take an active role in partnering with organisations to use the arts to support older people and people living with dementia.

Personally I have formed a CLG - Kent Arts and Wellbeing to bring commissioners and artists together and promote the arts and wellbeing agenda to commissioners.

I would like to talk to organisations specialising in:

Art & Culture | Health | Older People



Maidstone Museums

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Victoria Barlow


We are a local authority museum service serving the Maidstone Borough area.

To meet new connections in the area. I'm interested in meeting people in similar fields but also those in commercial business



Maidstone Museums' Foundation

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Mike Evans

Vice Chairman (Trustee)


MMF supports Maidstone's Museums by raising funding, raising the profile & running a Friends' scheme




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Faye Rye

Business Support Manager

I am working as part of the Sustainability and Transformation Programme across Kent and Medway. The STP contains representation from all health and social care and is working to provide improved better quality, better value care for all. I am hoping to engage with the VCSE sector to explore possibilities for working together to achieve this.



Nucleus Arts

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Genevieve Tullberg

Gallery and Arts Engagement Manager

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Dalia Halpern-Matthews


Nucleus Arts is an award-winning charitable Arts organisation with a difference.

Formed originally to create opportunities for artists and to break down barriers using the Arts, we concentrate on affordability, accessibility, approachability and excellence in the arts.

We have 50 artists in studios; hundreds of artists exhibiting across our galleries every year; education; events; and a great deal more.

With our eclectic array of artists we work across visual arts, music, film and beyond, providing activities for everyone from the youngest through to end of life.

We work in collaboration with other groups such as Princes Trust, Mind, Magic, Mencap, Dementia Friends, ReThink, NHS and Kent Autistic Trust.

Nucleus Arts champions creativity to enhance people’s lives, pursuing innovative community engagement to reduce social isolation and catalyse cultural regeneration.



 Opportunities with Experience O-W-E C.I.C

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Angela Steele


 We run an accredited Health, Safety and Environment course leading to CSCS test and card



Rochester Cathedral

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Lisa Johnson

Volunteer Manager

I would like to get ideas for engaging businesses and employees in the conservation and access of our historic site



SE Museum Development Programme

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Joanna Low

Museum Development Manager



 I provide support to museums to help them become resilient and sustainable.




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Kris Healey

General Manager



We are a training centre for adults with learning disabilities



Stronger Kent Communities

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Alex Krutnik

Chairman and Director

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Jane Roberts


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Rosemary Selling


Stronger Kent Communities (SKC) is a Community Interest Company (CIC) we exist to provide specialist support for the voluntary sector in Kent. SKC provides a range of services including:

  • Funding guidance and mentoring
  • Networking
  • Training courses
  • Employer Supported Volunteering
  • Support for Social Enterprises
  • Online support (bulletins)
  • Recruitment of volunteers
  • Supporting young people into volunteering



The Net Community Hub

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Jaye Nolan




The Net Community Hub is a small community space in Weedswood, offering a range of sessions and access to local agencies.

Our aims and objectives are to provide a space for the community where activities can be undertaken regularly throughout the week, with the emphasis on helping combat social isolation in the large number of lonely older people in the area.

We were established to support the needs of residents, specifically in Weedswood and the immediate surrounding area of Walderslade.

Developed from an initial mhs homes internet initiative for young people and grown from the Medway Youth Service into the Community Hub, we now offer space for groups, individuals and specialist training or service agencies.

Our main goal is to reduce social isolation in the large, older population in the local area.

We are a voluntary management group drawn from local residents and supported by Rochester and Medway Rotary Clubs and Ward councillors.

We are trying to get the space open every day, and work in partnership with Walderslade Together who have their office based at the hub. We host Medway Youth Service and Carers First and are seeking more groups who would hold regular support sessions. When the Rethink mental health project finished, we instigated our own Time To Talk session, and received funding from Involving Medway to run this.



Tree of Hope

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Lee Vallins

Deputy CEO

Tree of Hope support families raise funds for equipment, treatment and operations not readily available through the NHS or social services.  I would like to speak to delegates working in Health and connected with CCGs



Westgate Community Trust

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Clare Millett

Chief Executive

Westgate Hall has been a dynamic community space within Canterbury’s city walls for a century and was re-opened in DD08E86C-D84F-45F5-AB06-834F97C6FF73 after a programme of refurbishment by the Westgate Community Trust. The Trust’s purpose is to preserve, maintain and manage Westgate Hall as a financially self-sustaining community and leisure centre for the benefit of the people of Canterbury and its districts. 

  • Provide a community and leisure resource, offering activities and services prioritised by responses to the Trust’s consultations.
  • Improve the quality of life of our city’s residents by reinforcing community interaction and providing
  • Create opportunities for building stronger social networks.
  • Ensure Westgate Hall remains a neutral space and a hive of civic activity open to users of all backgrounds and ages.
  • Support local businesses, public authorities, community groups and service providers by providing a space where they can deliver their community programmes.
  • Contribute to the economic life of Canterbury and the District.

I want to network and connect with organisations who may benefit from being aware they can access Westgate Hall at a community rate.  Plus identify potential new partners for future projects or initiatives.