Kent County Council gives more than 31,000 food vouchers to vulnerable families ahead of Christmas

Kent County Council has issued more than 31,000 food vouchers to vulnerable families ahead of the December school holidays to help them feed their children over the festive period. The council set up a scheme last month to provide food vouchers to the families of children who are eligible to receive benefits-related Free School Meals.…

Targeted drive to test all Kent secondary-aged pupils and their families for COVID-19

Kent County Council is supporting the Government’s targeted drive to test all of Kent’s secondary-age children, and their families, for COVID-19. The Government announced the scheme for Kent, Essex and parts of London in a bid to combat a rapid increase in cases among the 11-18 age group in these areas by identifying asymptomatic cases…

Asymptomatic test sites in Kent

Targeted asymptomatic testing launches in Kent on Friday, with the first sites in Swale and Thanet to be followed by a rolling programme across the county to try to reduce the rates of Covid-19. These sites are in addition to the DHSC run regional and local test sites for people who have symptoms. The asymptomatic…

Health visitors and children’s centres receive joint breastfeeding award

Health visitors and staff from children’s centres across Kent are celebrating following their full accreditation as baby friendly services. The United Nations’ Children’s Fund (UNICEF) award is for the breastfeeding support and advice provided by the health visiting service, which is commissioned by Kent County Council (KCC) and run by Kent Community Health NHS Foundation…

Asymptomatic testing update statement

KCC Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said: “We continue to work hard on planning the asymptomatic testing programme for Kent and welcome the government’s commitment to support us, along with the publication of their community testing prospectus. The military have agreed to help with the logistical planning of this ‘lateral flow testing’ which is…