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Win free insurance for your charity
The KM Charity Team has teamed up with Jelf to run a competition to support the charitable sector in Kent.

New Charity Governance Code published

Setting out higher standards and urging larger charities to carry out external reviews every three years.

Mencap warns disability charities 'on brink of collapse' over £400m penalties
The warning, from learning disability charity Mencap, comes after HM Revenue & Customs sent out demands for back-pay for carers on "sleep-in" shifts.

The UK's criminal justice system would fall apart without charities
More people work in criminal justice charities than in the prison and probation services combined. But volunteers and staff are being stretched to the limit

Dartford Borough Council calls on government to provide ‘fair funding settlement’ to support CCG suffering £17m deficit
The government is being urged to provide a fair funding settlement for health services in north Kent amid fears doctors and nurses are being “let down” by a lack of support.

'Disabled people have to feel normal' Campaigner slams council over new theatre plans
The chairman of Tunbridge Wells Access Group has slammed the borough council for not fully considering disabled people in its plans for a new theatre.

Lopsided growth means millions of people across the UK falling behind
New report, Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2017

Lottery income falls sharply
he Big Lottery Fund is likely to have less money to give away after its funding body posted a £300m drop in income

Sources: KM Charity, Civil Society, The Guardian, The Reporter, Kent Live, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Civil Society

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It’s festival season in the UK, and this year East Kent Mencap want people with a learning disability to be among the crowd. Festivals are very popular, often selling out in minutes, but many aren’t suitable for people with a learning disability. To make people feel more included, we have organised a one-day festival for all ages and abilities. Why not join us Thursday 3rd August at Margate Football Club, and celebrate learning disability?


Between 1 and 5pm the event will be FREE and there will be plenty to enjoy, including live music from local bands, food outlets and stalls selling festival merchandise. Professional sports coaches will also be present on the day to help you try your hand at circus skills, golf, cricket, and of course, have a kick about on the pitch! Gentler options will include arts & crafts, massage and sensory activities.

The fun will continue from 5.30pm until late for over 18s, with a ticketed music event and licensed bar in the club house. Tickets for the event cost £3.50. Numbers are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. To book, contact us phone 01843-224482. Payment can be made by card on the phone, or by cheque, payable to East Kent Mencap.

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Coffee Project

Making a difference to rural communities throughout Kent and Medway

On 7th April The Rural Kent Coffee and Information Project launched a new service bringing a library of information and a mobile café to rural communities in Kent and Medway.

The café will provide a source of information and a friendly, informal meeting place.

For more information about this project please contact

Between 7th August and 27th October 2017 we will be visiting the following villages between 10.30am - 12.30pm.​

Four Elms (playing field behind the school) - 7th August, 4th September, 23rd October

Laddingford (green area Cleavesland Junction) - 8th August, 5th September, 3rd October

High Halden (Tilden Court off Tilden Close) - 11th August, 8th September, 6th October

Farningham (village hall car park) - 15th August, 12th September, 10th October

West Hougham (village hall car park) - 16th August, 13th September, 11th October

Harvel (village hall car park) - 17th August, 14th September, 12th October

Hoo (green, next to park office) - 18th August, 15th September, 13th October

The Moor, Hawkhurst (village hall car park) - 21st August, 18th September, 16th October

Wouldham (the green opposite village stores) - 23rd August, 20th September, 18th October

Langley (village hall car park) - 25th August, 22nd September, 20th October

Collier Street (field opposite primary school) - 30th August, 27th September, 25th October

Adisham (car park next to village hall) - 1st September, 29th September, 27th October

The Rural Kent Coffee and Information Project is a Rural Kent project funded initially by KCC, Engaging Kent CIC, and the National Lottery through The Big Lottery Fund and supported by Norris & Fisher Insurance Brokers, Gopak, Intuiti Solutions Ltd and Farthing Common Plant Centre.


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Free Budgeting Sessions from Citizens Advice, Maidstone

A New Service from Citizens Advice Maidstone

Funded by
The NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund


We have been funded by the NatWest Skills and Opportunities Fund to help local residents in West Kent improve their budgeting skills. We are targeting people living in rural areas of West Kent and will be providing group sessions in local community settings. We aim to Make It Count.

We will be providing lively, interesting and informative one-off group sessions. These sessions will offer key tips to attendees regarding personal money management, as well as discussing the advantages and pitfalls of different types of finance and loans. One of the main learning points will be to help people successfully manage personal debt.

Our sessions are designed to be interactive, participative and geared to the needs of each group of attendees. Those who need additional one-to-one support will be referred to their local Citizens Advice Centre for in-depth personal help and advice.

If you have a group or individuals who would benefit from this service, please contact us on or ring 01622 750770


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Fundraising from grant-making bodies:

Improving your applications

With support from Kent County Council, West Kent Communities is running affordable half-day fundraising training courses on behalf of Funding for All and Stronger Kent Communities. Our next courses will be delivered in Dartford, Ashford, Thanet and Tunbridge Wells. It’s easy to book and costs just £10 per course. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis so book early to avoid disappointment.

Who should sign up?

This course is for those volunteering or working in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) Sector who need to begin or improve their applications to grant-making trusts and/or National Lottery funders.


What will it cover?

The course will cover:

  • What is a grant-making trust?
    (overview of the sector)

  • Why do applications fail?

  • Principles and planning for trust fundraising.

  • How to research grant-making trusts.

  • Getting evidence of need and outcomes.

  • Writing the application.

  • Dos and don'ts of trust fundraising.

Who will run the course?

The course will be run by Kathy Roddy, a qualified and experienced fundraising trainer with more than 20 years in the voluntary sector, first as executive director of a national animal welfare organisation, then, since 2000, as a fundraising trainer and consultant. She is a member of the Institute of Fundraising and holds their Certificate in Fundraising Management. Kathy has recently co-authored an MA module with the University of Kent Centre for Philanthropy on the ‘Art and Science of Fundraising’. Through both training and consultancy, Kathy has helped charities and voluntary groups raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for good causes.

How can I find out about future courses?

We plan to run this course in a further five Kent districts during 2017. We also plan to run three more specialist courses. To get email notifications about future courses, please phone Pauline Smith on 01732 749426 or email your contact details to:





25th Aug

10pm - 1pm

Riverside Centre, Dickens Road,
Gravesend DA12 2JY
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25th Aug


Riverside Centre, Dickens Road,
Gravesend DA12 2JY
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26th Sep

10am - 1pm

St Mary’s Bay Village Hall, Jefferstone Lane, St Mary’s Bay, Romney Marsh, TN29 0SW
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About Stronger Kent Communities

Stronger Kent Communities is made up of a number of partners including Funding for All, Action with Communities in Rural Kent, KentCAN, West Kent Communities and a number of the Volunteer Centres from across Kent. It is funded for at least three years, but it is intended to create a sustainable model of support for the VCSE sector in Kent, in the longer term.



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Free Parenting after Separation Workshops

Free Parenting after Separation Workshops for Separated Parents

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Personal Health Budget webinar


Volunteering Roadshow, Dartford


Learning Disability Festival, Margate


Festival Gig for over 18s


Sevenoaks Listening Event


Volunteering Roadshow - Tonbridge


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


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Accredited Level 2 Award in Fire Safety (QCF)


Mental Capacity Act - Chatham


Role of a Trustee, Chatham


Level 2 Food Safety


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:


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Next phase of regulation: consultation 2

We're seeking views on our proposals to:

  • regulate primary medical services and adult social care services
  • improve the structure of registration, and clarify our definition of registered providers
  • monitor, inspect and rate new models of care and large or complex providers
  • use our unique knowledge to encourage improvements in the quality of care in local areas
  • carry out our role in relation to the fit and proper persons requirement.

Closing Date: 8th August

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Physical Disability Core Offer Consultation

We want to hear your views on a proposed new way of offering support for people with physical disabilities across the county.

We want to improve people’s access to information and advice in order to assist them in living as independently as possible, ensuring that they stay well and have access to all of the information they need to face and overcome some of the barriers they often experience.

Kent County Council (KCC) wants to ensure that a new model meets the needs of and delivers the outcomes that matter most to Kent residents.

Closing Date: 4th September

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Kent's Police and Crime Commissioner Annual Policing Survey

Matthew Scott, Kent Police and Crime Commissioner wants to know what matters most to you, so we are requesting that you please take a few minutes to fill out a short survey and that you encourage your friends, family and colleagues to complete it as well. The survey is available in numerous languages simply by clicking the ‘Select Language’ button on the website.



Please visit our website to view further consultations. If you'd like to add a questionnaire or consultation to future bulletins please contact


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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.

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Business Administration Executive

Closing date: 30th July




Trustee – Treasurer


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Director of Grants and Impact

Closing Date: 24th July




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


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