Coronavirus and our impact - organisations in receipt of emergency funding from Kent Community Foundation.

The following are just a handful of the many charitable organisations and projects that we have funded through our Coronavirus Emergency Fund. The number of organisations receiving funding continues to grow by the day. A list of organisations who have been awarded grants from the Coronavirus Emergency Fund is available here. This list is updated frequently. 

The Coronavirus Emergency Fund was set up to respond to the needs of communities across Kent and Medway during these incredibly challenging times. The Fund is also looking to the future, with a view to funding organisations who are making plans for the provision of sustainable services to beneficiaries as we consider recovery from the crisis caused by the pandemic. 

Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centres

Run by  volunteers, Medway Gender and Sexual Diversity Centre offers support for those within the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer & Questioning+ community.

As the centre has had to close temporarily during lockdown and face-to-face support suspended, the charity is using funding to keep in touch with beneficiaries virtually in order to continue to offer ongoing services, including peer support groups for those within the community along with their friends and relatives.

Visit the Medway Gender & Sexual Diversity Centre website

Canterbury Welcomes Refugees

Run by a small group of volunteers, Canterbury Welcomes Refugees supports Syrian refugee families to settle in Canterbury. 

Prior to the Coronavirus pandemic, the group of volunteers were able to provide face-to-face support for these families with the aim of helping them with social integration and resettlement. Funding from the KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund has helped the group to deliver services via online video calls, as well as create packages, including craft activities and useful resources to help families to learn and practice English.

Funding has also been allocated to Sevenoaks Welcomes Refugees,  Tonbridge Welcomes Refugees and Tunbridge Wells Welcomes Refugees. 

Visit the Canterbury Welcomes Refugees Facebook page

Walderslade Together CIC

Walderslade Together CIC is made up of individuals, including volunteers who are looking after elderly and vulnerable residents within their community who don't have friends or family nearby to support them. 

Funding from the KCF Coronavirus Emergency Fund has contributed towards the ongoing services provided by the group. As well as providing food packages and shopping support, the team conducts welfare checks and organises group chats through social media to combat loneliness and isolation and keep the community spirit alive.

Visit the Walderslade Together CIC Facebook page

Home-Start Dover

Home-Start Dover provides services to support the welfare of families with young children in the Dover district.

Well-placed to understand the immediate needs of local communities, Home-Start has received funding to enable the organisation to adapt services quickly, which includes issuing vouchers for foodbanks, as well as delivering food parcels and gas and electric cards. 

Thanks to the Port of Dover for their contribution to our Emergency Fund, which has been used to support organisations within the Dover district.

Visit Home-Start Dover website

Hypo Hounds

Hypo Hounds is a small charity in the heart of Kent which trains dogs to become Diabetic Alert Dogs for children and adults with Brittle Type 1 Diabetes.

The charity receives no government funding or external help, instead relying on fundraising events. But with all planned events cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Kent Community Foundation has provided the funds needed to ensure the charity can continue to cover core costs in the short term.  Hypo Hounds can now ensure they are fully focused on responding to the many incoming requests for support from concerned families of children with diabetes. 

Visit the Hypo Hounds website

Kent Equality Cohesion Council

KECC provide free advice and support around a range of diversity issues relating to Race, Faith, Disability, Sexual Orientation, Gender and Age to promote community cohesion and eliminate discrimination.

Funding from the Emergency Fund has been used to enable continued valuable support to vulnerable members of the community, helping to fight isolation and loneliness.

Visit the KECC website

Dover smART

Dover smART has responded to the challenges presented by Coronavirus by implementing a new way of working, so that they can continue to deliver a service for their beneficiaries. These services are a lifeline for many and a key point of contact for some who may otherwise be extremely isolated. 

Using the funding provided, Dover smART has introduced services such as ‘Chatty Tuesday’ for older beneficiaries over the phone where they also arrange for emergency supplies. The team has also set up an online group for young carers to keep them connected and provide support, as well as sending both younger and older beneficiaries weekly activities to help alleviate loneliness.

Thanks to the Port of Dover for their contribution to our Emergency Fund, which has been used to support organisations within the Dover district.

Visit the Dover smART website

Kent Search And Rescue

During the Coronavirus pandemic, Kent Search And Rescue continues to operate, including responding to call-outs for missing and vulnerable persons.

Funding from the Coronavirus Emergency Fund has gone towards paying for personal protective equipment (PPE) to help protect those who are part of search and rescue efforts.

Visit Kent Search And Rescue website

2makeit 

2makeit is a charity providing creative programmes for the rehabilitation of young offenders, prisoners and ex-prisoners in custodial and community settings.

After current programmes had to pause due to the COVID-19 outbreak, 2makeit has adapted alternative ways in which to support those who rely on their services to give them a creative outlet which boosts their self belief, confidence and in turn contributes to successful release and resettlement.

2makeit has put together creative packs for prison residents and for those within the community, there is an online service. In addition, 2makeit isdelivering a project alongside, Pictora, which aims to celebrate the creative talents and employment potential of artists regardless of their background; exhibiting an individual's art for its own sake, without the label of 'offender' attached.

Visit the 2makeit website

Oasis Domestic Abuse Service - Funds donated through Albert Burns Children's Charitable Trust Fund

Oasis offers services and support for children, young people and adults affected by domestic abuse.

With the lockdown in place, major concerns for the welfare of many who experience abuse at the hands of others within the same home has increased dramatically to a level of crisis.

Funding from the Albert Burns Children's Charitable Trust was quickly allocated to Oasis to ensure they can continue to deliver a service at a time when it is needed most. 

Visit the Oasis website

Fareshare - Funds donated through Albert Burns Children's Charitable Trust Fund

Fareshare works to ensure no food will go to waste and is distributed to those who need it most within the community. As a result of the significant economical impacts already being seen from the Coronavirus pandemic, Fareshare is experiencing increased demand.

Fareshare was quickly allocated funding from the Albert Burns Children's Charitable Trust Fund for their project, the Family Food Bank, which works with families and individuals facing a financial crisis in Thanet.

Visit the Fareshare website

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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