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Kent In Brief - 2nd July

The VCS Newsletter


KCC reports on the future of Kent 
A report into what the future could hold for the county and how it will handle the growth in population and new homes has been published by Kent County Council.

Council wins £500k boost for Sevenoaks commons 
Eight pieces of common land described as "landscape jewels" are to receive a boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Dover Co-op building to become business start-up hub
The plans to create an innovation warehouse in the building at Stembrook have been announced by Dover District Council 

Thanet District Council will spend a third of their homelessness budget on hiring new staff 
Thanet District Council has been awarded over £350,000 from the government in order to support rough sleepers

The KM Group’s newspaper editors are looking for good causes to champion as Charity of the Year 2019.
The winning causes will receive 12 months of support from the KM Group in print, on KentOnline, on KMTV and on kmfm radio – plus access to fundraising opportunities run by the KM Charity Team.

KM Charity Team chairman stands down
Staff and trustees of the KM Charity Team paid tribute to the charity’s outgoing chairman, Martin Vye, at a reception held in June.

The Queen's Award 2019
Closing date for nominations is 14 September 2018

Multi-million pound fund to support disadvantaged children inthe early years
Grants have also been issued to the charity Home-Start UK, which works closely with families facing personal difficulties, which can have a negative 

Sources: KCC, Kent Live, KM Charity Team, Kent Online, Department for Education


What's On

06 Jul Mental Health Awareness, Herne Bay

06 Jul Coffee and Information Project, Kenardington

09 Jul Coffee and Information Project, The Moor

09 Jul Understanding Mental Health, Tunbridge Wells

11 Jul Kent Community Foundation Funding Fair, Thanet

13 Jul REVAMP Quality Mark Workshop, Shepway

13 Jul Stronger Kent Community Fair, Shepway

19 Jul Coffee & Information Project, Harvel

21 Jul REVAMP Quality Mark Workshop,TunbridgeWells

21 Jul Stronger Kent Community Fair, Tunbridge Wells

27 July Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust Council of Govenors' Meeting, Maidstone 



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

KCC launches online Big Conversation on future of rural bus services
Kent County Council has launched its Big Conversation programme online, allowing residents to take part in a consultation on the future of rural transport services. Until August 8, residents can have their say on how rural transport could look in the future as KCC faces ever decreasing funding to support subsidised bus services  

Call for evidence on approach to Loneliness Strategy
The Loneliness Strategy is Government’s first step in tackling the long-term challenge of loneliness. Loneliness is a complex issue that affects many different groups of people, and the evidence base on it is still developing.
The strategy will be focussed on where we have the clearest opportunity for government action and further learning. 
We are interested in hearing from people and organisations with experience of working to reduce loneliness.
Closing date: 20th July  

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



Community Connector, Margate
Closing date: 6th July

KCC Business Support Advisory
Closing date: 9th July

Fundraising Officer (Part time), Tonbridge
Closing date: 11th July