Funding for Stanhope Youth Intervention Programme

Kent Community Foundation has awarded £9,180 to Sport On Your Doorstep CIC to support families in the Stanhope area.

Community focussed organisation, Sport on Your Doorstep,  applied to Kent Community Foundation for funding to provide residents of Stanhope in Ashford with a weekly youth programme and a Fit and Fed initiative  during the school holidays.

The weekly youth programme  supports families within Stanhope who are living with  unemployment,  low incomes, are not in education, employment, or training and have children on free school meals. Running alongside this youth programme during the school holidays is ‘Fit and Fed’ which  provides families struggling to afford the extra food costs with free activities and free lunches.

Mark Roughsedge, Sport On Your Doorstep, said, “Our coaches deliver programmes across Kent and Medway in the most disadvantaged and high-risk areas and we were delighted to receive a grant of £9,180 to provide support to  families in Stanhope. This grant will provide the young people with a structured multisport programme which engages them reducing anti-social behaviour  in the area, improving participation in physical activity, teaching them transferrable skills for life, helping them get back into school and building CV’s to help gain employment.”


Josephine McCartney, Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation, said, “Sport On Your Doorstep is just one of the many projects that we have funded that helps disadvantaged families who are struggling. As the cost-of-living crisis escalates we know that charity resources across the county will be stretched. We have funding available to help grassroots organisations who are making a real difference to their community and we would welcome applications for financial support from organisations we have supported previously as well as  from community groups and charities who have not applied before.”

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About Sport On Your Doorstep CIC

Sport On Your Doorstep CIC is a  community focussed organisation taking sport, physical activity and all of its benefits to disadvantaged families across Kent and Medway.

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 ninety 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.