New scheme to harness vital contribution of Kent’s amazing volunteers

An enthusiastic army of dedicated volunteers mobilised across Kent during the pandemic to help their local communities. Generously giving their time and skills to aid others, they provided vital assistance to the vulnerable, elderly and self-isolating, supporting frontline health services. Now Kent County Council (KCC) is launching a £170,000 grant-funded pilot initiative, in partnership with…

A row of new homes overlooking Thanet's Westgate Bay

Have your say on sustainable design for Kent’s built environment

All new infrastructure and developments in Kent and Medway should have net zero carbon emissions and use resources efficiently, under new-look design guidance published by Kent County Council, Medway Council, and Kent’s District and Borough Planning Authorities today. Communities must also be well connected both digitally, and through an effective network of footpaths, cycleways and…

National Adoption Week in Kent champions the voices less heard

National Adoption Week kicks off on Monday 18th, through to Sunday 24thOctober  40,920 adoptions have taken place in England in the past 10 years The week will be dedicated to all those impacted by adoption whose stories are often less heard; adopted people, adopters, birth parents and the Children’s Services workforce An emotive animated short film, created by illustrator and adopter Garry Parsons has…

Statement from the Leader of Kent County Council on the fuel supply situation

Roger Gough, Kent County Council Leader, said: “We are aware that the Government is continuing to work to ensure fuel supplies meet customer demand at petrol stations around the country. “Industry has also been clear that there is not a fundamental shortage of fuel in the UK and that localised disruption is easing as buying…

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…