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Kent In Brief - 29th January

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KCC continues to protect frontline services
In the coming financial year, KCC has a budget gap of £113 million out of the council’s net budget of approximately £1 billion.
Savings of £53 million are needed as government funding reduces by £45 million, coupled with the rising demand for services, particularly for children’s and adult social care and linked to inflation costs currently rising at more than 3% a year. 

Make a difference with Shared Lives
Kent Shared Lives is hosting information meetings explaining how to become a host, a paid role supporting people with learning disabilities, mental health conditions, autism, sensory impairment or dementia. 

Massive improvement proposed for stroke services in Kent and Medway
The NHS in Kent and Medway has announced proposals to create three new ‘hyper acute’ stroke units in Kent and Medway. Although general stroke services are currently provided in Kent and Medway’s hospitals, there are currently no specialist hyper acute units that, in other parts of the country, have been shown to improve outcomes for people who have had a stroke. 

Gravesham Community Awards Open
Awards are open to groups, individuals or businesses in Gravesham who deserve to be acknowledged and recognised for making a significant contribution to the local community in a voluntary basis

Funding system failing people with continuing healthcare needs 
Public Accounts Committee report says complex process with delays and poor-quality assessments must improve 

Government unlocking £330 million from dormant accounts to build a fairer society 
Up to £330 million from dormant bank and building society accounts will be used to help the homeless, disadvantaged young people, local charities and other good causes in the UK over the next four years. 

Government launches 5-year Democratic Engagement Plan 
The Democratic Engagement Plan will tackle democratic exclusion and outline how the government will increase participation among under registered groups.

Sources:  Kent County Council, Parliament News, Ashford CCG, Gravesham Borough Council, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, Cabinet Office 

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Stronger Kent Community Fairs

The Fairs promote and celebrate the voluntary sector. They are an opportunity for local community groups, charities and voluntary sector organisations to:

  • showcase what they do

  • network

  • celebrate their volunteers

  • give out information and advice

  • potentially find new service users, members and volunteers

  • find out about the offer across Kent, get funding advice, find out about Employer Supported Volunteering, attend a REVAMP (Recognition of Excellent Volunteer Management & Practice) Quality Mark workshop

They are also a chance for local communities to get information and advice, to see what’s happening in their area and how to get involved.  Click the link below to register your group / organisation.

8th March, Dartford 

16th March, Faversham 

22nd March, Gravesham 

Further locations to be advised in due course. 

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Learn the secrets of securing funds, Whitstable - 9th February 

Booking is now open for a half day training course for charities run by the
KM Charity Team - giving a wealth of advice on crafting the perfect grant application


 Securing Funds

Good causes can get help on how to cash in on grant funding - by attending a training session run by the KM Charity Team.

The course will be led by deputy CEO of the children’s charity, Rebecca Smith, who, in her previous role at Social Enterprise Kent helped to bring in more than £1million of contracts. She will be joined by grants officer Michael James, who has 10 years’ experience in the voluntary sector helping small charities obtain grants.

Mrs Smith said: “Applying for grants can be a difficult process. You need to convey to a complete stranger why what you do is vital and deserves a share of their limited pot of cash – and no matter how passionate you are about what you do, that can be easier said than done.

“We’re aiming this session at people who are new to grant applications and probably feel like they don’t know where to start.”

The session will run from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the KM Charity Team offices at 10 Estuary View, Whitstable and includes teas, coffees, and a sandwich platter lunch.

Places are limited. Visit  

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Starting Well Workshop, Maidstone - 14th February

Unltd Workshop and Networking Lunch

Do you have an idea for change? Are you thinking about setting up a social enterprise? Would you like some help to get started?Join us for this half-day workshop to:

  • Meet others who want to create social change

  • Test out your idea in a supportive environment

  • Learn about the essential components of a good social enterprise

  • Find out who can help you 

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We’ve made a difference to the children’s & adolescent mental health thanks to you!

Last week we published a report which highlights all the changes we have made to mental health services for children & young people.

We couldn’t have don’t that without the 302 people who chose to share their story with us. Thank you!

Since our report much has changed including a new service which includes all of our recommendations. We’ve also ensured that individual feedback about members of staff has been investigated and acted upon

You can read all about the changes in our report here.


Have you moved from children to adult mental health services?

Or do you know someone who has?

If you live in East Kent, share your feedback and help to improve that transition for other people.

At Healthwatch we often hear from people who are either worried about making that leap to adult mental health services or who have already moved and have found it difficult.

In East Kent, they are looking to design a service to help support people aged 17 – 24 who need mental health support. Share your views here but be quick as the survey closes soon 

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 Partnership models in the NHS, London


 Health and care explained: how the system works and how it is changing, London


 Shared Lives, Canterbury


 Medway Working in Partnerships with patients & communities, Gillingham


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


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 Assertiveness Training, Herne Bay


 1 Day IOSH – Working Safely, Ashford


 Basic Excel Training (AM) Ashford


 Basic Excel Training (PM) Ashford


 Basic Food Safety, Ashford


 Managing Conflict, Herne Bay



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:

Dept . Education  

Get first aid in school on the PSHE curriculum

Help put first aid in the classroom!

Would you agree that all children should know how to save a life?

The government is considering making part, or all, of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education mandatory from 2019. 

Closing date: 12th February


Homelessness Support Service for Vulnerable Adults in Kent

Kent County Council (KCC) funds homelessness support services for vulnerable young people (16-25), adults who are over 18 and offenders who need additional support. Currently, those services can be categorised as either ‘supported housing’, ‘floating support’ or ‘rough sleeper outreach’.

We would like to hear your views on the proposals contained within the consultation document, which refers to plans for those 18+, and your thoughts on how we might improve the future delivery of homelessness support for vulnerable adults in Kent. Your views will be used to help shape the future of these services after October 2018.

Closing date: 4th March


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


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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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Part Time Co-ordinator covering West Kent

Closing date: 8th February


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Part Time Volunteer Trustee – Mental Health Charity, Tunbridge Wells



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