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Kent Community Foundation grant makers enjoyed time away from the office at a Forest School with community group Step-Out

Since 2012 Step-Out has been working with children and adults in the outdoors using the natural environment as a tool to inspire people. Kent Community Foundation spent two hours with them on 19 May as part of their programme to spend quality time with groups that they have funded.

At the Ashford based Forest School the grant makers were split into two groups to collect kindling and wood before competing to build the best fire and then design and make a pot holder that would suspend a kettle over the flames.

After boiling water they collected Elderflowers and left their Chief Executive, to pick off the individual flower heads while the rest of the group collected stinging nettles and Cleavers. The Elderflowers were steeped with lemons and limes to make a cordial and the nettles and Cleavers were ground together in a pestle and mortar to make a spring tonic.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation said, “Having spent so many months working on our own from home during the pandemic, and only meeting on Zoom we have been discussing how important it is to spend quality time with each other. The team has compiled a programme of activities for us to get together out of the office and find out more about some of the amazing groups that we have funded across Kent and Medway.”

Kent Community Foundation had been funding Step-Out since 2019 and they have received a total of £23,000 in grants.

We love getting our team back together to visit the organisations we support! If you'd like the opportunity to show us what your organisation is up to or where funding has been spent and have an activity we can get involved in please pop an email to hannah@kentcf.org.uk 

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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