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Kent In Brief - 15th January

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Your UK Parliament Awards
Launched on the 10th January, these awards celebrate the work of passionate, engaged people all over the UK who make a difference in their communities by connecting with Parliament.  

When to change your charity structure 
Converting a charitable company to a CIO has been updated - in line with legislative changes from January 2018. 

Tunbridge Wells Winter Shelter 
Tunbridge Wells Churches Winter Shelter opened on 2 January 2018 and will be open till early March to provide a safe place at sleep and support for up to 12 rough sleepers from the local area

Government makes a further £330m available from the dormant accounts scheme 
The money will help disadvantaged young people into work and provide support for local charities and social enterprises, the government says

Plan to recruit more police officers 
Kent's crime commissioner Matthew Scott has announced plans for 200 more police officers to be recruited next year.
The additional numbers represent one of the biggest recruitment drives in recent years and follows a period in which the force has had to make substantial costs in its budget 

Purpose-built combined hospital and GP surgery for Edenbridge 
Read the January project update

Planning your organisations raising event?
Read East Kent Mencaps dos & don’ts to help you plan

GDPR faqs for charities 
The requirements for how organisations will need to handle personal data from 25 May 2018

UK Parliament, Charity Commission, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, Third Sector, Kent Online, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust, East Kent Mencap, Information Commissioner's Office

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Help define our Social Value Action Plan – send your feedback now

KCHFT recognise that beyond their core role of providing community NHS services, their activities have a significant impact on local people and the local environment.  They are committed to investing our resources to maximise the positive social, economic and environmental impact for our communities and staff, and understand the key role social value plays in reducing inequalities and improving outcomes that matter to local people. 

The document at the link below describes the work they have done, and are planning to do, to ensure they positively contribute to the sustainability agenda and add social value for all the communities they serve. 

KCHFTSocial Value Action Plan

They would like your feedback.  Please send your comments and suggestions to Rachel Jennings, Associate Director of Strategy and Delivery, at by Monday 22nd January.    


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Maidstone MIND 

Community Activity Groups 

Maidstone and Mid-Kent Mind run a variety of community-focussed groups which form the core services they deliver as a charity.  

From Cooking, to Arts and Crafts and a whole lot more - they have a variety of services to designed to support people in and around Maidstone.  

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Maidstone Multicultural Community Forum


Heritage Lottery Fund Information Session & Advice Surgery, Gravesend


Get your business ready for GDPR, Ashford


Former Carers Social Group, Maidstone

 21 Feb

Health and Wellbeing Symposium, Ashford


Better Together, Maidstone 


Kent Vision Live 2018, Maidstone


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


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 Accredited Health and Safety - Qualsafe Level 2, HerneBay


 Basic Food Safety - Herne Bay


 Performance Management - Herne Bay


 Charities: get ready for your close up, Whistable


 Effective Team Management, Herne Bay


 Grant Fundraising, Whitstable


 Accredited Health and Safety - Qualsafe Level 2 - Herne Bay


 Accredited Emergency First Aid at Work - Qualsafe Level 3, Ashford



Please visit the Training section on our website to view further courses.


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


Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments 

How often do you use your local pharmacy? Does your town need more? These are some of the questions being put to Kent residents in a new consultation. 

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessments (PNAs) are used by commissioners such as Kent County Council and local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups to identify local health needs that could be addressed by these services, and by NHS England to decide whether to approve applications for new pharmacies in an area. 

Closing date: 22nd January

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Want to have your say about local healthcare? Why not join the Ashford Health Network to find out the latest plans


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Funding Green




Last year we have notified our members of over 500 funding opportunities. If your organisation is looking for funding please subscribe to the members area on our website so that you never miss an opportunity.


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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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MHR (4)  

Education Project Coordinator

Closing date: 19th January


 KMCharity Team  

Fundraising Manager, Tunbridge Wells

Closing date: 19th January.



Finance Manager, Canterbury

Closing date: 25th January


Kent Police  

Community Policing Volunteers

Closing Date: 26th January



Operations Manager, West Kent

Closing Date: 28th January




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

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