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Support

To enable and support the voluntary sector across Kent to become stronger and more robust, the consortium runs a number of countywide projects.

Employee Supported Volunteering (ESV)

Support for businesses with their Employer Supported Volunteering – where employers gives their employees the opportunity to volunteer, as a team, during working hours.

For more information contact:
Georgie at georgie@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk or Sally sally@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

Join the Caravan

A Coffee Caravan provides a mobile pop-up café and information hub to rural areas across Kent – connecting communities and reducing isolation.

For more information contact: Kathy at coffeeproject@ruralkent.org.uk

Raising the Standard (REVAMP)

A straightforward Quality Mark for Volunteer Involving Organisations which voluntary organisations can apply for and achieve.

For more information contact: Alex at alex.krutnik@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

Skills Exchange

Support for businesses to match the skills of their individual staff to voluntary organisations which need support in this specialist skill.

For more information contact: Georgie at georgie@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

Timebanking

Spreading Timebanks across communities in Kent – in a Timebank you earn time credits by giving practical help and support to others – one hour of service given gives you one credit. You can then exchange that credit for an hour of something you need.

For more information contact: Beth at beth@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

That’s the Way to Do It

Mentoring support for small to medium sized charities, voluntary organisations and community groups across Kent in bid writing skills, funding strategy, business planning, tendering, legacies, marketing and communication, property law and developing budgets.

For more information contact Nicki Voller at
monitoring@fundingforall.org.uk

Community Fairs

Community fairs held across Kent which gives voluntary organisations an opportunity to network, recruit volunteers and to raise the profile of their local activity.

For more information contact Emma at emma@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

Kent Funding Fair

A yearly funding fair which provides a range of seminars from Funders, Support Agencies and Specialists on given areas related to the voluntary sector, as well as a large Exhibition Area which gives attendees the opportunity to speak face to face with funders, trust and support organisations.

For more information contact Nigel at nigel@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

Place-Based Social Enterprises

Governance, income generation, supply-chain development, setting up of training opportunities and job creation support for community groups wishing to develop as social enterprises or businesses seeking to operate in a more socially-responsible way.

For more information contact: Carl at carl.adams@ruralkent.org.uk

Training for All

Accessible training courses to support voluntary courses develop their funding approaches and application.

For more information contact Pauline at pauline.smith@westkentextra.org

Young Fundraisers

Support to train young people as fundraisers and peer educators. As part of the project young people organise a fundraising event and use this experience to inspire other people.

For more information contact Alison at alison@youthcentralse.org.uk

Thriving Local Communities

Thriving Local Communities, support for smaller community groups requiring support to set up and advice on how to find fundraising support, governance and training.

Contact eva.heywood@westkentextra.org

Fresh Perspectives

Opportunities for young volunteers aged 16-25 to train to become trustees for voluntary organisations.

Contact: sarwah.mhanna@strongerkentcommunities.org.uk

Building Communities

Aims to help voluntary organisations and community groups (with a turnover under £100k) get into shape to become stronger, more effective and sustainable, with support from a designated project worker. Our workers will provide an initial HealthCheck to identify the needs of the organisation and if relevant, provide information on volunteer management, writing policies, governance, creating volunteering opportunities and more, signposting where needed.