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Support for disadvantaged families who often struggle day-to-day

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Children, Young People and Families Priority Areas Route
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April 2022
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Though many think of Kent as a wealthy county, there are many pockets of deprivation even within the more affluent districts, such as Sevenoaks.

One organisation seeking to support families who often struggle day-to-day is Friends of Holcot. With difficult and expensive transport links to and from the area, coupled with challenging personal circumstances, even a day out for some of these families is an impossibility. Friend of Holcot sought funding of £11,600 to provide families with some much-needed time together, giving them space to have fun, reconnect with one another and recharge away from daily pressures.

Several families chosen to enjoy a break away thanks to funding received include children who are disabled and / or have additional needs, while others are subject to residential care orders, have experienced bereavement or are being raised by a single parent with mental health issues. The benefits to their special needs volunteers were an added bonus.

Danny has extra needs, his mother Kylie said, “He spent the week dancing like no-one was watching.”

A single mum with four children took her mother for extra support after she struggles with day-to-day living following the loss of two children to cot death. She said, “in the words of my 6-year-old ‘mummy this is not Butlins, this is paradise’.”

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