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Kent In Brief - 9th April


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Thank you networkers!

Thank you so much to all the participants in the networking session on 27th March. The feedback I got on the day was overwhelmingly positive. Not only did people say they had some great conversations with people but we also heard from Marie Kelly, founder of Dover Youth Theatre, who recently appeared on BBC Kent News their wonderfully successful Film and Performing Arts Workshop was possible through the contacts they had made at a previous networking event.

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Jane Roberts,Chair KentCAN

A key theme of the short presentation was that stronger Kent communities will be built by working together. Applications for the "Providing Perspectives" programme to build a clear consistent voice for the voluntary and community sector were launched. It was widely agreed that we must set any conflicting or competitive interests aside whilst talking on behalf of the sector to maintain credibility and drive change. The sector is so much more than contracted service provision and opportunities to use existing resources in new combinations would be missed if its sole focus is funding sources.

Emerging as part of the following conversations came an idea for operating a "central clearing house" or "Swap Shop" (for those of you old enough to remember this!) for resources that may have capacity to do more in exchange for a share in other resources. Great examples were put forward and we have taken this as an action to achieve.

Whilst we were sorry that our speaker from the Office for Civil Society had to drop out this did not seem to impact on the richness of discussion at all.

Calls to action if:

  • you haven't been to a cross sector networking event yet look out for further opportunities in May and September.
  • you are interested in providing perspective (no commitment before match accepted) or receiving perspective - let us know via
  • you have any resource capacity to share let us know along with what you hope to get hold of.

As I mentioned earlier, stronger Kent communities will be built by working together.


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NHS in Kent and Medway gets major capital funding boost
The NHS in Kent and Medway is to receive up to £19.5 million funding to invest in exciting and innovative projects to improve healthcare.

HeadStart Kent – Big Conversation for Young People
More than 100 secondary school pupils from schools and colleges across Kent met together to join the ‘Big Conversation’ about mental health in young people

Kent County Council to act as guarantor for care leavers
Young people who leave care in Kent could have a guarantor when they rent their first property in a pilot scheme.

Apprentice numbers decline a year after Kent County Council launches campaign to double numbers
Standing alongside 11 young apprentices, Kent County Council leader Paul Carter proudly pledged to double the number of apprenticeship starts under his watch to more than 22,000 by 2020. Yet less than a year after launching its Made in Kent campaign, the council has been left redfaced by statistics

MPs tell government to act to avoid ‘disastrous’ loss of community funding
The Work and Pensions committee has warned that unless government acts now, communities and charities could face the "disastrous" loss of hundreds of millions of pounds of funding each year.

Department of Health and Social Care’s voluntary and community sector newsletter
Includes updates on the work of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance and news from the Department, NHS England and Public Health England.

Large charities pay men 8 per cent more than women
The pay gap at the 568 charities with over 250 employees is eight per cent in favour of men - but the figure is higher for the 20 biggest charities, at 13 per cent, according to data published

Small charities asked to help digital accelerator programme
Tech for good organisation CAST (Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology) is looking for smaller charities’ input for its new digital accelerator programme launching in July.

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport publishes an online guide to using the social value act
The guide explains when the act applies and how to incorporate it into the design of tenders

Experts questioned on long-term funding of adult social care
Housing, Communities and Local Government and Health and Social Care Committees question charities and policy experts

Sources: Ashford CCG, Kent County Council, BBC News, Kent Online, Civil Society, Department of Health & Social Care, Charity Digital News, Third Sector, Parliament

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Cross-Sector Networking, East Malling

18th May

We are pleased to announce registration for our May networking event is now open; an absolute must for charitable organisations, as well as businesses wanting to work with charities.

These events are aimed at Chief Executives and Senior Managers from across different sectors - private, public, voluntary and community. They are intended to provide a platform for sharing ideas and issues you may be facing as an organisation, with the potential to create new partnerships.


The programme will include updates from

Stronger Kent Communities

plus, network with fellow CEOs


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This is an ideal opportunity for businesses that may be looking for ways to deliver their Corporate Social Responsibility through offering time and skills, to connect with voluntary and community organisations.

Join our expanding community and book your place today


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Diversifying Your Income, Northfleet

11th April

This course is for people in organisations which are overly reliant on statutory and/or grant-making trust income (contracts and grants). The course provides an introduction to many different ways of raising money from individuals and businesses, including events and community fundraising, regular giving, major donors, legacies....and more! New fundraising ideas guaranteed.

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Basic news photography

Getting your photo used by the press

17th April

If a picture paints a thousand words it stands to reason getting your photos used in the press could be very useful to your cause.

This practical hands-on three hour session will take you through the basics of news photography giving you experience of how to take a photo your local newsdesk will want to use.

This is a hands on session so bring a digital camera and its USB lead so images you take during the day can be downloaded to a PC. Many course providers also expect you to bring a laptop that you are able to download your images to, but check with the course organiser on this.

The session will cover:

  • Digital camera basics
  • Use of props
  • Practical session
  • Reviewing images

Simon Dolby is a journalist of more than 20 years experienced who won a wide range of regional journalist awards over his career. Simon is now Chief Executive of the KM Charity Team which delivers a wide range of charitable services on behalf of the KM Group, Kent’s biggest multi-media company.

Feedback comment: Excellent course – this was a lightbulb moment for me! (Feedback provided by client of Voluntary Action Maidstone)

KentCAN subscribers discount - enter KMVIP

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#SOCENT Peer Exchange, Maidstone

24th April

The more we share, the more we have.

We know that everyone has knowledge and experiences worth sharing. We also know that offering support gives people a sense of personal fulfillment and an opportunity to develop their own skills.

With that in mind, we invite you to join us for our next #SOCENT Peer Exchange in Maidstone, Kent.

Join us for an opportunity to connect with others in your community working towards similar goals, gain insight and access advice and support.

If you are running a social enterprise, venture or project, we would love to see you there.

Register today


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Chequers Kitchen Cookery School

New healthy cooking classes

If you have clients who would benefit from learning to cook healthy, low cost meals in a friendly, welcoming group, we have spaces available on free courses starting in April. Free transport is available from Dover, Deal or Sandwich.

To see an example of these classes you can see a short video recently made by the BBC.

The classes will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, with emphasis on Mood Food on Thursdays, particularly for people with a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression. There is more information on our website

The next free Level 2 Food Safety in Catering course will take place on Monday May 14th and we currently have spaces available for people aged 19 and over. For anyone seeking work in a role that involves food, this is a very useful qualification and much appreciated by prospective employers.


For more information contact

Stephanie, Debbie & the Chequers Kitchen team Tel No 01304 362288


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Charity Bash, Cranbrook


YouCan Ride!, Sandwich


LGBT and Unconscious Bias, Maidstone


Cross-Sector Networking. East Malling


YLF Celebrity Football Match, Maidstone


Please visit the Events section on our website to view our full calendar or upload your event


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


Coaching skills for managers - Effective people development, Ashford


Volunteering – The challenges and opportunities


Managing Challenging Behaviour, Margate


Safeguarding of Vulnerable Children, Ashford


Understanding Stress Management, Ashford


Stress Management – 1st Aid for Stress, Chatham


The Accidental Fundraiser, Tonbridge


Outputs, Outcomes and Impact Assessment, Sevenoaks


Presentation Skills, Sevenoaks


Please visit the Training section on our website to view further courses or upload your own


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


Transforming the response to domestic abuse

The government has launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors.

Closing date: 31st May

Ministry Housing Communities Local Gov  

Integrated Communities Strategy green paper

The green paper invites views on the government’s vision for building strong integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

Closing Date: 5th June

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


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Funding Green



This year to date we have notified our members of 153 different funding opportunities. To view funding information please subscribe to the members area on our website.

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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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Vacancy - Trustee, Tunbridge Wells

27th April




Please visit the Recruitment section on our website to upload your vacancy