Kent Community Foundation launches Knock and Check campaign to save lives this winter

This winter, Kent Community Foundation is asking you to Knock and Check on your elderly neighbours so that together we can support the lonely and isolated - and save lives

Every year there are around 1,600 avoidable deaths in Kent and Medway. By getting involved in the Knock and Check campaign, together, we can and will save lives, by recognising when support might be required and getting help arranged.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said “As part of our annual Surviving Winter initiative, the Knock and Check campaign is asking people to call on their vulnerable neighbours and check they are OK. Perhaps you could offer to do some shopping, share magazines or books, or give them something you have baked and as we approach Christmas, why not cook enough for an extra plate and take a Christmas lunch to your neighbour."

By being neighbourly and carrying out small acts of kindness, we an all help to reduce the shocking number of avoidable deaths that occur each winter, as well as preventing those who are alone becoming more vulnerable and socially isolated. Even if we save one life our campaign will have been successful.

This year we're talking about what you can do, rather than donate, but if you can’t join us to Knock and Check on others, then please consider donating to Kent Community Foundation so that we can ensure money gets to the local good causes that will support your elderly neighbours this winter.

It is vital that elderly people are also aware of  support available, particularly when it comes to areas such as the supply of essential utilities and financial assistance. You or your neighbour might not be aware that they can register as a vulnerable person with energy suppliers, be aware of grants available or how to get in touch with organisations like Citizens Advice Bureau for advice and guidance.

As part of Knock and Check, we have put together a resource hub with information on where you can find help with utilities and financial support to local service and helplines in Kent and Medway. 

Find out more about Knock and Check.


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!

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