Council leader thanks ‘brilliant volunteers’ for being there ‘when Kent needed you most’

From delivering shopping to clinically vulnerable residents required to shield, to having a socially-distanced doorstep catch-up with someone feeling isolated and anxious in lockdown, volunteers have been unsung heroes of Kent’s response to the pandemic over the past year. Now Kent County Council is taking time in national Volunteers’ Week to say a heartfelt ‘thank…

Kent Fostering – “An amazing service to work for”.

Kent County Council (KCC) is backing the Fostering Network’s Foster Care Fortnight campaign (10-23 May), the UK’s biggest foster carer recruitment campaign. The council needs to recruit 120 new households to provide day-to-day support, love and stability to vulnerable children and young people who cannot live with their birth families or offer a struggling parent…

New mobile libraries roll out across Kent

The first of Kent’s new mobile library vehicles have hit the county’s roads, bringing a range of books to residents eager to nourish their love of reading during lockdown and beyond. KCC’s Libraries, Registration and Archives service has invested in five new vehicles to cover all the routes across Kent – including the surrounding areas…

New crowdfunding platform will bring community projects to life

An exciting new digital crowdfunding drive is being launched in Kent to enable community-led ideas to become more vibrant, resilient and connected post-COVID19. Crowdfund Kent is a Kent County Council initiative, working in partnership with Spacehive, that will help community and voluntary organisations to raise money for projects that help their local area. Kent County…

Everyone counts in Census 2021

Kent residents are being reminded the 2021 Census is coming and that it is important to take part because the information it collects helps plan the services, like new hospitals, schools and GP surgeries, we need. The unique survey happens once a decade, providing a snapshot of every person and household in England and Wales.…

Council Tax help for Kent’s most in need

A further £6million of emergency COVID funding will be used to help Kent’s struggling households pay their Council Tax. The move proposed by Kent County Council at last week’s annual Budget meeting, and now approved, means all existing Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) working-age households will automatically have their 2021-22 Council Tax reduced by £50…

New multi-million fund unveiled to help most in need

A further £10million of emergency funding is being rolled out to continue helping Kent’s most vulnerable households and businesses hardest hit by the pandemic, Kent County Council has announced. The Helping Hands Scheme includes a raft of support – ranging from assisting just-managing families with heating bills and helping struggling firms stay afloat, to tackling…

New Strategic Recovery Fund launched for the voluntary sector

A new £180k fund has been launched to help voluntary organisations in Kent adapt to the new normal post Covid-19. The Strategic Recovery Fund is being administered by Kent Community Foundation on behalf of Kent County Council (KCC) and offers grants of between £5k and £10k to support voluntary organisations to develop and adapt their…

New #YouCanAdopt campaign launches in Kent to debunk the myths on adoption and highlight the number of children looking for a new family

A new nationwide campaign, #YouCanAdopt, is being launched Kent to dispel myths around who is eligible to adopt and encourage more people to consider adoption The number of adoptions in England has fallen by a third in four years but almost 3,000 children in England are still waiting to find their new family* Independent research…

Kent celebrates Inter Faith Week

Faith groups across the county will be welcoming visitors to their places of worship next month. Inter Faith Week (November 10 – 17) is an opportunity to increase awareness and celebrate the diversity of faith across Kent. Kent County Council has been working in partnership with the Kent Equality Cohesion Council and the Standing Advisory…