Kent County Council hosts art exhibition on mental health  

An exhibition highlighting the therapeutic value of art in managing mental health issues is being held at County Hall, Maidstone this month. The display, entitled ‘Art in Mind’ will  see the art gallery next to the Stone Hall filled with drawings, paintings, photography, sculpture and papier-mâché from Monday, September 23, until October 11. Organisations taking…

Schools Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing

Schools in Kent are now able to apply for a Kent School Award for Resilience and Emotional Wellbeing, which recognises and celebrates everything they do to support young people’s emotional wellbeing through the whole school approach. The first two schools to succeed in their application are Homewood School in Tenterden and Westlands School in Sittingbourne.…

KCC employee wins national award for plan to tackle effects of child poverty

A Kent County Council employee has won a national award for his plan to tackle the educational impact of child poverty during the school summer holidays. Rob Comber, a Service Development Manager in the council’s Children, Young People and Education directorate, was crowned winner of the 10th annual LGA (Local Government Association) Local Government Challenge…

Young people take charge at Kent County Council

Kent children stepped into the shoes of senior council staff and councillors as part of an initiative that put young people at the heart of decision making. Kent County Council’s (KCC) Takeover Day on Wednesday, May 29 saw children in care, care leavers and adopted or fostered young people take charge of the Corporate Parenting…

Kent young person speaks at HeadStart parliamentary event on mental health

A teenager from Kent has spoken in Parliament about her own mental health struggles and the importance of involving young people in shaping and improving the services that support them. On Tuesday, February 5, four young people, from Folkestone, Ashford and The Canterbury High School, attended a Parliamentary event on the mental health of young…

Transport consultations launched into bus services in Maidstone and West Malling

Two consultations have been launched proposing bus pilots in Maidstone and West Malling. It comes following last year’s Big Conversation, which gauged opinion on how Kent County Council could best help provide sustainable rural transport. KCC currently supports services 13 and 59 in Maidstone. The proposal revises these services to become feeder buses, which provide…