Supporting good causes for Twenty Years

Over the last twenty years Kent Community Foundation has supported thousands of  grassroots organisations across Kent and Medway. One of the organisations the Foundation has been supporting since 2001 is the Prince of Wales Youth Club in Canterbury

Since 2001, Kent Community Foundation has awarded over £45 million to over 9300 small charities and community groups who are making a huge difference to communities across Kent and Medway.

One organisation that has received funding for the last twenty years is the Prince of Wales Youth Club in Canterbury. The Youth Club was formed in 1935 and provides a safe and friendly environment in which young people can flourish and gain new skills to combat the issues they face in their ever-changing lives.

Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said. “Over the last twenty years we have funded various excellent Prince of Wales Youth Club projects to support children and young people attending their  youth club, senior club, and twilight club. In January 2019, we awarded them  £8,300 to introduce  children and young people to new things and engage in positive activities including sport, dance, drama, art and craft, community projects, issue-based workshops, healthy living, and healthy eating.

“During the pandemic the type of  applications we received from charitable organisations across Kent often changed as the groups adapted to the demands in their community. The Prince of Wales Youth Club was no different. They recognised a huge need in their area and applied for £5,000 to support an important initiative to provide pack lunches for children and food parcels for vulnerable adults in the local area who were facing real crisis and isolation and we were happy to help.

“As the charitable sector has changed over the last twenty years and particularly so over the last eighteen months, Kent Community Foundation has adapted too, to ensure our funding is reaching the organisations where a small grant can make a huge difference to the lives of so many.”

Joey Wicks, Centre Co-ordinator, Prince of Wales Youth Club, said, “We have been working with Kent Community Foundation for 20 years, and the support they have given is unmeasurable. The project has grown over the years and Kent Community Foundation has played a major role in our journey. Without Kent Community Foundation’s support, we would not have achieved what we have so far including our major success in receiving the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service which has really transformed our project.”

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About The Prince of Wales Youth Club

Formed in 1935 the Prince of Wales Youth Club supports children and young people in Canterbury providing a safe and friendly environment in which they can flourish and gain new skills to combat the issues they face in their ever-changing lives.

About Kent Community Foundation

Grant-maker Kent Community Foundation has been finding, funding, and supporting some of the smallest voluntary organisations in the county for twenty years. In this time, it has distributed over £45 million to support thousands of small charities and deserving causes where a modest sum of money can make a significant impact.

They are part of a UK wide accredited network of forty-seven Community Foundations who are committed to improving the lives of local people and communities, particularly the most vulnerable, isolated, and disadvantaged by matching those who want to help, with those who need the help.

Responsible for more than eighty philanthropic funds, Kent Community Foundation is unrivalled in its knowledge of local causes and assists individuals, families, and businesses, who want to help, to establish and administer their own charitable funds.