Impact videos

Below you will find some of our videos demonstrating the impact our grant funding has on local communities and local people's lives.

Sk8side CIC

Sk8side CIC delivers youth work from the Sk8side Youth Centre, next to the Ryan Clements Skate Park, in Ashford. The aim of the work is the personal and social development of young people aged 8-21 5 days a week.

Kent Community Foundation funded their Youth Employment Support project to provide training/employment support for young people who are NEET as well as an older age group using the skate park.

Home-Start Medway

Home-Start Medway provides unique and varied services for families with children under 5 across Medway.

The “Great Brompton Bake Off” is a Home-Start Medway initiative, designed to support serving and former forces families in Medway. The weekly “Bake Off” group is free to attend and encourages forces families to bake, integrate and make new friends.

Beyond the Page

United Mothers’ delivers a new safe, creative and fun women-only space for English language-learning and inter-cultural friendship in Margate. The project helps women in minority ethnic families with young children to increase their confidence and participation as active citizens and parents.

Art in Romney Marsh (AiRM)

Art in Romney Marsh (AiRM) aim to advance the education and access to cultural events for the communities of rural Romney Marsh and the surrounding areas.

The barriers for a large proportion of Romney Marsh communities include poverty, poor transport links and accessibility. AiRM aims to provide high quality and relevant opportunities by providing learning programmes in the villages so that transport and cost are not prohibitive.

Alkham Valley Community Project

Alkham Valley Community Project is an inclusive community project which promotes the benefits to health and well being that can be achieved through participation in horse sport and recreation.

The project provides horse riding, carriage driving and educational opportunities for disabled and disadvantaged adults and children who would not normally have the opportunity to take part.

Olympia Boxing CIC

Olympic Boxing CIC deliver fitness programmes in schools and community groups.

This particular project was funded by The Gatwick Foundation Fund to develop a programme where adults in the community who have low family incomes and are experiencing barriers to participation due to their disadvantages, can attend sessions and access support from professionals.

Romney Marsh Day Centre

Romney Marsh Day Centre offer health and well-being services to elderly and isolated people who reside on the Romney Marsh both in their centre and through their community services.

Dandelion Time

Dandelion Time supports children experiencing serious emotional and behavioural difficulties, resulting from trauma, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, neglect or domestic violence. Dandelion Time delivers an individually tailored programme of practically-based therapeutic sessions, combining farm and natural craft activities with one-to-one emotional support.

West Kent Befriending Service

West Kent Befriending Service encourages their members to feel part of the community and re-engage in social activities where possible to reduce the feeling of loneliness and isolation.

Funding through Kent Community Foundation enabled a minimum of 30 new volunteers to make a difference to a minimum of 30 new member’s lives. The service also includes social inclusion days like the Talking Bus which takes elderly people out for trips around the local area.

No Walls Gardens CIC

No Walls Gardens CIC work predominately with vulnerable adults such as ex-offenders, persons with learning difficulties, physical disabilities and mental health issues. They give their clients a greater connection to the community, work experience and skills training by carrying out community gardening and food growing projects across the local area of Northfleet.

Spadework

The team at Spadework talk about how Kent Community Foundation's grants have helped them provide meaningful training to adults with learning disabilities and some of the charity's trainees talk about what they get out of the experience.

Music4Wellbeing

Music4Wellbeing CIC consists of professional arts practitioners, health professionals and academic researchers who deliver a range of cultural activities for people living with disabilities in East Kent.

Kent Community Foundation funded Music4Wellbeing's initiative, Carers Create to support families in East Kent living with dementia.

Seaside Singers is one of their regular fun singing and rhythmic movement sessions.

Medway Plus

Medway Plus have received various grants through Kent Community Foundation for social activities for elderly people in Medway who are most isolated. 

This video was shot at their Christmas 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. 

Swale CVS

Swale CVS received a grant through our Elderly and Isolated Themed Fund 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. 

Videos from groups funded by Kent Community Foundation

Hi Kent 

Hi Kent is established to promote and further charitable purposes for the benefit of deaf and hearing impaired persons. Hi Kent offer free support, training and advice services to people suffering from severe hearing loss and/or tinnitus throughout Kent, including Lipreading Classes, Tinnitus Support Groups, hearing aid maintenance clinics, and advice on assistive equipment available to persons with hearing loss.

Funder Films CIC

A Few Words About Me was a poetry workshop for people living with dementia which took place in Canterbury (UK) between September 2017 and March 2018. The workshop was run by Funder Films CIC, hosted by poetry therapist Victoria Field and funded by the National Lottery Awards for All and Kent Community Foundation.

MMK Mind

Maidstone & Mid-Kent Mind is a local Mental Health charity working to make a difference to individuals in Maidstone and across Kent.

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival

Tunbridge Wells Puppetry Festival, in partnership with Age UK Tunbridge Wells and Smoking Apples Theatre Company created a new community arts project for those living with dementia. This film documents the five sessions Smoking Apples ran with clients at Age UK Tunbridge Wells and captures their stories and memories through shadow puppetry.

Memory Lane Café 

The Memory Lane Café Cranbrook (MLCC) is a community group made up of local residents, business representatives and volunteers with the objective of setting up a monthly Memory Lane Café session, therefore giving local residents living with dementia an opportunity to meet on a regular basis and therefore improving quality of life. 

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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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