Needs in Kent Conference

Kent Community Foundation will host a Needs in Kent Conference on 15 June 2022 to explore the emerging issues facing the county after the pandemic.

Last year Kent Community Foundation commissioned a detailed report about specific needs across each district within Kent and Medway and the conference will give attendees the  opportunity to discuss what and where the areas of priority are and how different parties might come together to effect change.



Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said,  “Our county has some significant social challenges and after the disruption of the last two years, we felt as a community-based funder it was important to find out exactly what’s happening to the local communities we serve. Having commissioned a significant piece of research last year to identify the priority areas of need across Kent we decided that a conference would be the best way to share this detailed information  with key stakeholders, grassroots charities, community groups and anyone else in the county who is interested in how we might collectively start to tackle some of these issues together.”

The conference will explore issues including food poverty, mental health, benefits, substance misuse and domestic abuse and will be chaired by ex BBC News Presenter Rob Smith, with a keynote speech delivered by  Janice McGuinness from People United who work with local communities to encourage kindness.

The Kent Community Foundation Needs in Kent Conference will unveil this significant piece of research and provide an opportunity to discuss the collective ambition for Kent, its future needs and how we can meet these needs.

The event will include speakers, breakout discussion sessions and will be a chance to network with both statutory and independent funders and meet groups working on the ground in the voluntary sector.

The conference will be held at The Village Hotel in Maidstone on 15 June 2022  between 10am and 4pm and is free to attend.

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About the Kent Community Foundation Needs in Kent Conference

The Needs in Kent Conference will be held at The Village Hotel in Maidstone on 15 June 2022  between 10am and 4pm and is free to attend.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.

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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 £50 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.