New Coaching Programme for Aspiring Eco Champions

Kent Community Foundation announces a new Eco Coaching Programme for charities.

A new Kent Community Foundation Eco Coaching Programme will help charitable organisations develop skills and confidence to promote their early-stage ideas, projects and ways of working to improve their environmental impact.

The programme, led by experienced local coach and presenter Liu Batchelor, is open to charitable organisations and is designed to empower ‘the aspiring eco champion’ within non eco specific organisations. Participants do not need existing sustainability knowledge or skills – just a passion to bring the benefits of sustainable values and approaches, both big and small, to the great work they already do.

The free-to-attend online course will be delivered between January and March 2024 in five two hour group sessions. The course has been designed to allow participants to develop skills and confidence in storytelling and presenting sustainable values and ideas. At the end of the programme, participants will be able to develop a short talk and video about their organisation’s new sustainable work, to use  within their marketing, community engagement, funder presentations or grant applications.


Josephine McCartney. Chief Executive, Kent Community Foundation said. “Kent Community Foundation has provided the funding for this eco coaching programme as part of our environmental strategy. We wanted to provide a coaching programme for local charities to encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration by facilitating peer-to-peer insight and inspiration into sustainability issues that are affecting the sector and we are delighted that Liu Batchelor agreed to design and lead the course.”

Local coach, presenter and TEDx Folkestone curator Liu Batchelor said “As a kid, I had speech therapy and I always struggled to express myself and my ideas; often feeling incredibly overwhelmed and frustrated at not being able to communicate the value I had to give and how my project could contribute to my community. Since then, I’ve spent my life and work overcoming these challenges, and now have designed this course to help others who struggle like I did.”

There is no fee to participate in the eco coaching programme but there is limited space. Applications to participate on the course should be emailed to by 7pm on 1 December 2023.

Details of how to apply can be found by visiting

About the Eco Coaching Programme

The Eco Coaching sessions will run fortnightly on Tuesdays 11am – 1pm on, 9 and 23 January, 6 and 20 February and 5 March and applicants should be available for all the programme dates.

How to Apply

Email the following details to with ‘Eco Coaching Programme’ in the subject line by 7pm on 1 December 2023.

Organisation Name:

Organisation Address (must be in Kent or Medway):

Organisation core activity/work (Max 100 words):

Tell Kent Community Foundation about the environmental or sustainability project, values, or approach you have been developing within your community organisation. (Max 250 words)

Explain why the person participating is passionate about bringing sustainability to your organisation and your community. (Max 250 words)

Explain why you would like to participate in this programme, and what you hope to gain from it. (Max 150 words)

Successful applicants will be notified by the end of December 2023.

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 over twenty one years. In this time, it has distributed almost £55 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.