Surviving Winter

Older people across Kent and Medway need your help this winter.

The cold winter months are an extremely dangerous time for older people, especially those who live alone. Our Surviving Winter Campaign aims to tackle social isolation and make winter less lonely for older people as well as helping them stay well, healthy and independent.


Money raised will help the most vulnerable people in our county through our Elderly and Isolated Themed Fund, supporting local projects that address the everyday challenges faced by older people in Kent and Medway.

Kent Community Foundation is asking you to consider donating your Winter Fuel Payment, or whatever you can, to those who desperately need extra support during the winter.

Many individuals find it difficult to get out and about to access services, buy food or see friends and family during the winter. A donation to the Elderly and Isolated Themed Fund helps support organisations that provide much-needed services and give advice or combat isolation.

If just 1% of everyone  in receipt of the Winter Fuel Payment in Kent and Medway were to donate their £200 to the Surviving Winter Campaign this winter, we would have a Fund of more than £1million to help vulnerable elderly people in the county. We are therefore calling on people who receive the payment but don’t rely on it, to donate it to others in greater need.

Anyone of any age who wants to give, even a small amount, will be making a significant difference to vulnerable, elderly people here in Kent and Medway.

Help elderly people in your local community

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Post - Send a cheque to Kent Community Foundation made out to: FAO Liz Tredget, Surviving Winter Campaign, KENT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION, Evegate Park Barn, Evegate Business Park, ASHFORD, Kent TN25 6SX

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Case Study: Swale CVS

Swale CVS received a grant through our Elderly and Isolated Themed Fund this year for projects supporting their elderly and isolated members in Swale. The grant allows them to offer telephone befriending, lunch club, games club and bi-monthly trips utilising their volunteer transport scheme.

In this video the team, volunteers and members of the 'Games Club' at Swale CVS explain the importance of the funding in tackling social isolation and the impact it is having on elderly people in the area. 

Case Study: Medway Plus

Medway Plus have received various grants through Kent Community Foundation including funding through the Elderly and Isolated Themed Fund for social activities for elderly people in Medway who are most isolated. The six engagement events included their Tinsel Talents and Turns Talent Show for elderly and isolated people.

This video was shot at their Tinsel Talents and Turns Talent Show for elderly and isolated people. The team and service users explain how the funding has helped run social inclusion events, like this one, for elderly people in the area. 

Case Study: Music4Wellbeing

Music4Wellbeing is a Community Interest Company consisting of professional arts practitioners, health professionals and academic researchers who design and deliver a range of cultural activities for people living with disabilities in East Kent.

Kent Community Foundation funded Music4Wellbeing's initiative, Carers Create to help support families in East Kent living with dementia through our Elderly & Isolated Themed Fund.

We filmed one  of their regular fun singing and rhythmic movement sessions called Seaside Singers.


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

Tom, MMK Mind

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
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