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Stronger Kent Communities Training

REVAMP Quality Mark

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As part of the Stronger Kent Communities consortium activities, the Canterbury & Herne Bay Volunteer Centre will be hosting the next Kent-wide workshop featuring the REVAMP (Recognition of Excellent Volunteer Management & Practice) Quality Mark.

The purpose of the REVAMP Quality Mark is to both showcase and increase best practice in Volunteer Management across Kent. Formulated by a number of Volunteer Centres in Kent, the Quality Mark has recently been successfully piloted in the Canterbury District and is now being extended across Kent.

REVAMP is a low cost, straight forward process which will enable you to show that your organisation offers meaningful and well-supported opportunities to existing and potential volunteers.

This workshop is free to attend but submissions for the REVAMP Quality Mark will include a £100 charge per organisation.

Thanet District:

Date & time: Thursday 10th August 2017: 10:00 – 12:30

Gravesend District:

Date & time: Tuesday 19th September 2017: 10:00 – 12:30

Dover District:

Date & time: Tuesday 31st October 2017: 10:00 – 12:30

Tunbridge Wells District:

Date & time: Thursday 16th November 2017: 10:00 – 12:30

Canterbury District:

Date & time: Thursday 7th December 2017: 10:00 – 12:30


Follow this link for more information about the REVAMP Quality mark.

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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:

How to book

See below for details of our next four courses. Each course costs just £10 (including VAT). You can book your course and pay (on Eventbrite’s secure payment system) using a debit or credit card. You will find out straight away if you have a place. Please note this is the same course repeated three times and you should attend only once.




25th Aug

10am - 1pm

Riverside Centre, Dickens Road,  
Gravesend DA12 2JY 
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25th Aug 2pm-5pm

Riverside Centre, Dickens Road,  
Gravesend DA12 2JY
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26th September 10am - 1pm

St Mary’s Bay Village Hall, Jefferstone Lane, St Mary’s Bay, Romney Marsh, TN29 0SW
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Terms and conditions

All participants confirm they work or volunteer for a voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisation operating in at least one of the 12 council districts in Kent (excluding Medway). We adopt a wide definition of the VCSE sector that includes registered charities, not for profit organisations, faith groups, sports and arts clubs and social enterprises. If you are unsure whether your organisation counts, please contact Pauline Smith on 01732 749426.

Training fees are non-refundable. If you can’t attend on the booked date, you are welcome to send someone else who works or volunteers for a VCSE sector organisation operating in at least one of the 12 council districts in Kent (excluding Medway).

All courses are delivered by West Kent on behalf of Funding for All and Stronger Kent Communities

All participants will be asked to complete a pre-course registration form and post-course evaluation form. West Kent, Funding for All and Stronger Kent Communities will use this information to analyse the effectiveness of our courses.

West Kent aims to give an exceptional service to our customers. If we get things wrong we want to make them right and learn from our mistakes. We adopt a right person, right answer, first time approach and will try to resolve any complaint about our service at the first opportunity. Details of how to give us a compliment or make a complaint are here: