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Kent In Brief - 13th November


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Homelessness in Kent: Dartford, Ashford, Medway and Thanet exposed 
Shelter says its research shows 2,634 people in the county are either sleeping rough, have no home, or are in emergency accommodation. 

ICO advice line opens to help small organisations with GDPR 
The helpline opened on 1 November on 0303 123 1113 and is in addition to the ICO’s online resources for small organisations. 

New Charity First Series book offers help with school fundraising
Raising Funds for Your School – A Comprehensive Guide has launched: a new Charity First Series book that aims to provide schools of all types with the skills and techniques needed to maximise their fundraising income on a sustainable basis 

Making Medway Better: The Medway Model 
A new way of joining up local health and care services so that, where appropriate and possible, they can be delivered closer to people’s homes.  

Councils, armed forces , charities and health services sign new covenant 
A new Armed Forces Covenant has been signed by KCC, Medway Council, 11 Infantry Brigade and the Royal School of Mechanical Engineering at a meeting of the Civilian-Military Partnership Board.

Businesses of Kent – we need you! 
Kent County Council is calling on employers to help young people into work by giving them interview experience or offering them an apprenticeship – or both. 

Social care charities announce merger 
Choice Support and mcch expect to complete the union within the next 18 months and will take the name the Partnership Support Group 

GPs’ concerns about plan to restrict prescriptions 
GPs will be asked to restrict NHS prescriptions for cough medicines, sunscreen, vitamins and painkillers under major cost-cutting plans. 

Asylum seekers: Kent County Council to ask government for more cash in face of overspend 
Kent County Council says its budget is overspent by £4.5m because the authority has a large number of asylum children who have now left care but which it continues to have to support 

Sources:  KentOnline, UKFundraising, Choicesupport, Medway CCG, Kent County Council


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Sevenoaks Festive Volunteers Fair 2017 

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The Stronger Kent Communities Programme in partnership with Imago, invites you to be part of Sevenoaks Festive Volunteers Fair on Thursday, December 14th to showcase your volunteering opportunities, network, give out info & advice & celebrate your volunteers at Stag Plaza, Stag Sevenoaks, TN13 1ZZ

Set up 11.30am, open to the public 12noon to 2pm  

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Free Mulled wine & mince pies

Network with local businesses

Connect with your community


Plus donation box - ‘moving on’ items for The Bridge Bridge Trust homelessness charity. 


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HeadStart Kent Resilience Hub

The brand new HeadStart Kent Resilience Hub website has been launched. It is the “go-to” site for everything to do with emotional wellbeing and resilience of young people with a wealth of information and resources. It includes sections for young people, parents and carers and people working in schools and communities. It has been coproduced with HeadStart’s Speak Out young people members along the way. The young people have also been involved in the production of key animations about the programme and the Domains Based Conversation tool, which all feature on the Hub.


Key features of the Resilience Hub include: 

  • The Domains Based Conversationtool is accessible county-wide. The Domains Based Conversation tool allows practitioners to support young people with their resilience using six resilience domains and track the progress of this. To watch a video of the Domains Based Conversations in action, click the ‘watch the film’ on the right hand side here: .  For guidance and the template to use when having Domains Based Conversations (amongst other useful document)  

  • Training opportunities for staff are available on the Hub. These are all on the ‘In Your District’ pages and there are web-links to the websites of our Delivery Partners. The Training for professionals and the voluntary sector includes Resilience, Mindfulness and Youth Mental Health First Aid.  

  • Commissioned services which young people can be referred to on each district page includes Volunteer Mentoring, Intensive Mentoring and School Transition Family Group Work. A link to Online Counselling is also included and this can be accessed by young people directly themselves without the need for a referral.  

  • On the Resilience Hub there is also information on two sets of grants available for young people, aged 10 – 16. The Pay It Forward grants are available countywide and the Talents and Interests grants are available tosupport the development of a young person’s interests and activities that are identified through a Domains Based Conversation.  

  • The young people’s pages includes information on resilience and what resilience looks like, as well as self-help activities, sign-posting and information on how to get involved with the HeadStart programme  

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Maidstone Service Provider Networking Breakfast

The Maidstone Service Provider Networking Meeting is for any organisation who provides a service and support to people living in the Maidstone area and who would like to network with other organisations, share information and generally create more awareness about their service and how to refer.

It would also be a useful meeting for any statutory organisations (e.g. social care; health visitors) to attend and find out what services are available to their clients out there and how to access these services.

The first meeting in February was a great success these have become a regular feature running every other month and alternating with the Mental Health Action Group meetings.

The details for the December meeting are:
When:  Thursday 14th December, 2017
Time: 9am to 10am
Where:  The Involve Shop, Ground Floor, The Mall (Chequers Centre), Pads Hill, Maidstone ME15 6AT

Parking: There is ample parking in The Mall Multi Storey Car Park

Tea and coffee provided


Please do RSVP to Juliette Page on  so adequate provisions for seating etc. can be made


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Kent Creative Arts

Kent Create Connect - Networking Event

8th December

A day long networking and learning event for creative professionals. It will offer opportunities to meet with fellow creatives and to listen to a number of professionals talking about issues that matters to the creative sector. 

The day will also include a discussion panel and opportunities to share your news and events. Our ultimate goal being to support and promote the artistic, cultural and creative sector in the county as a whole. 

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Film Launch - 23rd November

SATEDA and Medway Soroptimists are hosting a special showing of the film Embrace - the licence has been purchased especially and allows us to show the film to launch “The International Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls 16 days of action” which is all about body positivity, empowerment and feeling good about ourselves.



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Aviva Community Fund

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Voting is now open for the Aviva Community Fund. Red Zebra are delighted to have 2 projects shortlisted - Grass Roots Gardening Help and Connect Well Kent - and they'd love to have your votes. To find out more, cast your votes, and see who else has been shortlisted, click here.


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 VCSE Personal Health Budget Support Network 


 Free Parenting After Separation Workshop, Dartford


 Local Charities day


 Fundraising Camp, Canterbury


Please visit the Events section on our website to view our full calendar. 


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 Effective Team Management, Ashford


 Effective Bid Writing/Responding to Tenders, Chatham


 Improving Your Grant Applications, Tonbridge


 Accredited Health and Safety - Qualsafe Level 2, Herne Bay


 Accredited Emergency First Aid at Work - Qualsafe Level 3, Herne Bay  


 Effective Communication Skills, Herne Bay


 New Directions in Fundraising, Chatham


 Social Media, Whitstable


 REVAMP Quality Mark workshop, Herne Bay


 Assertiveness Training, Herne Bay


 Managing Conflict, Herne BayHerne Bay


 Basic Food Safety, Herne Bay


 Accredited Emergency First Aid at Work - Qualsafe Level 3 - Herne Bay


 Accredited Paediatric First Aid (2 Full Days) – Qualsafe Level 3, Herne Bay


 1 Day IOSH – Working Safely, Herne Bay


 Accredited Health & Safety in Health & Social Care Qualsafe Lvl 2, Herne Bay


 Supervisions and Appraisals, Herne Bay


Please visit the training section on our website to view our full calendar. 

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This is your opportunity to influence decisions and to have your say on a range of topics:

 Fundraising Regulator  

Code of Fundraising Practice

This consultation seeks to update the Code to mirror the upcoming GDPR legislation, to make the Code as clear as possible about fundraiser’s duties in relation to data protection, and to address the issues identified in the number of penalty notices levied by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in the last two years.

The Fundraising Regulator seeks views on:

1. the proposed changes and reordering of the Code
2. how we can ensure any changes are communicated and implemented effectively

Closing Date: 8th December

Charity Commission (1)  

Annual return for 2018 - information collected from charities

This is a consultation about changes we propose to make to AR18, the next version of the Annual Return which will apply to charities’ financial years starting on or after 1 January 2018.

We are seeking your views on changes to the content and structure of the annual return for charities and how we target questions so that they only require the information which is needed for regulatory purposes.

Closing Date: 24th November


To add a questionnaire or consultation to this page please send the details to


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Funding Deadlines 


This year to date we have notified our members of 457 different funding opportunities. To view funding information please subscribe to the members area on our website.


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Information Library


The Kent CAN Members’ Area provides our subscribed members with access to invaluable additional resources and tools, which will help you embrace the challenges of working in today’s voluntary and community sector.

To access Kent CAN's Library please login to the members area on our website.


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Canterbury Community Shelter

 MHR (4)  

Fundraising Manager, Tunbridge Wells
Closing date: 10th December

SEK2015 (2)  

Customer Service Executive, Ashford
Closing date: 25th November


Operations Supervisor (Let's Get Working)
Closing date: 20th November


Operations Supervisor (Lots More to Offer)
Closing date: 20th November


Fundraising Manager, Ashford
Closing date: 17th November


Please visit the Recruitment section on our website to view further vacancies. 


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