Causes That Matter

Kent’s grassroots charities and community groups came together on 2 February to celebrate their work

Kent Community Foundation hosted a ‘Causes the Matter’ event with John Weir JP, The High Sheriff of Kent at the Rochester Corn Exchange on 2 February to celebrate the work that small grassroots charities and community groups are doing across Kent and Medway.


The event in the Queens Hall was attended by over 100 guests representing 60 charities and community groups who discussed the topic ‘What are you plans for 2022?’ . The guests heard speeches  from Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive of Kent Community Foundation, Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, Kent Community Foundation  and John Weir JP, High Sheriff, Kent and enjoyed tea and cakes.

One of the guests, Shea Coffey, Manager and Co-Founder of Medway Pride said, “I want to thank Kent Community Foundation for inviting me along to ‘Causes that Matter’ it was wonderful to meet so many people doing incredible things.”

Natalie Smith, Director of Grants and Impact, said, “The Kent Community Foundation team was delighted to see over one hundred representatives from community groups and charities gather together for our first post pandemic ‘Causes that Matter’ event with the High Sheriff. The event gave us an opportunity to celebrate the brilliant, often unseen and vital work that Kent’s grassroots groups are doing in their communities.”

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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.