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KCF Needs in Kent Conference

*SOLD OUT* Email amy@kentcf.org.uk to be added to the waiting list.

The Kent Community Foundation Needs in Kent Conference 2022 will take place on 15th June 2022 from 10am to 4pm at The Village Hotel in Maidstone to explore the emerging needs of the county following the pandemic.

Our county has some significant social challenges and after the disruption of the last two years, we felt as a community-based funder it was important to find out exactly what’s happening to the local communities we serve.

We therefore commissioned a piece of research in 2021 looking at the county’s priority needs, on a district-by-district basis. Perhaps unsurprisingly recurring themes include issues like food poverty, mental health, substance misuse and domestic abuse.

The conference will be the platform to launch this piece of research and provide an opportunity to discuss our collective ambition for Kent and its future needs and how we can focus our funding and connections to meet these needs.

The event will include keynote speakers, breakout room sessions and will also be a chance to network with other funders both statutory and independent and meet groups working on the ground in the voluntary sector.

This is a free event. Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

Further information and speakers to be announced soon.

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9:30-10:00

Registration, networking and coffee

10:05-10:10

Welcome 

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation

10:10-10:20

Structure of day and interactive session

Rob Smith, professional presenter

10:20-10:40

Kent Today

Julie Stones, author of the Needs in Kent research

10:40-11:30

Interview Session 

A session discussing adult mental health challenges and issues around poverty and debt in Kent, followed by a Q&A. Hosted by Rob Smith.


Stevie Rice - West Kent Mind

Adam Male - Kent Savers Credit Union

Logos - West Kent Mind  and Kent Savers Credit Union

11:30-11:50

Comfort Break

11:50-12:00

Sponsor Welcome

Roger Gough, Kent County Council

KCC logo

12:00-12:40

Keynote Speaker

Janice McGuiness, Chief Executive, People United

12:40-13:15

Vegetarian Lunch

13.15-14.00

Five priority areas of need – Break out session 1

Breakout session on the five priority areas of need in Kent identified in the research. The breakout rooms are your opportunity to hear from experts from within the voluntary sector and for some much needed peer-to-peer discussions.


Domestic Violence: Henu Cummins - DAVSS


Food Poverty: Martin Ward - Canterbury Foodbank


Adult Mental Health: Mark Kilby - Take Off


Children's Mental Health: Alan Heyes - Therapy Partners


Substance Misuse: Penny Williams - The Kenward Trust


Benefits/Low income: Speaker tbc

Charity logos

14.00-14:45

Five priority areas of need – Break out session 2

Breakout session on the five priority areas of need in Kent identified in the research. An opportunity for you to join a different session that interests you.


Domestic Violence: Henu Cummins - DAVSS


Food Poverty: Martin Ward - Canterbury Foodbank


Adult Mental Health: Mark Kilby - Take Off


Children's Mental Health: Alan Heyes - Therapy Partners


Substance Misuse: Penny Williams - The Kenward Trust


Benefits/Low income: Speaker tbc

Charity logos

14:45-15:00

Comfort break and return to Main Hall 

15:00-15:50

Solutions Panel

A panel of experts from across the statutory and voluntary sectors discussing some of the potential solutions to today’s problems, followed by a Q&A session. Hosted by Rob Smith.


Kerry Donati - Funding For All

Liu Batchelor - LVB Creative

Julie Stones 

More speakers TBC

Speakers

15:50-16:00

Closing Remarks

MASSIVE 'thank you ' to everyone at Kent Community Foundation. Your funding support is HUGELY appreciated and has enabled us to get into the heart of local communities with REAL, affordable, healthy and tasty food that does so much more than feed people.

Community chef Mike Spackman, Sheppey Matters

KCF's enthusiasm for what we are doing and hoping to do, coupled with helpful advice, gave us the confidence to take this daunting step which has paid off.

Liz Turner, Octopus Foundation

It's great having a foundation that empowers organisations and charities in our community to make real positive differences and changes!

Tom, MMK Mind
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