HeadStart Kent – Big conversation for young people

More than 100 Secondary school pupils from schools across Kent, met together to join the ‘big conversation’ about mental health in young people. The event, hosted by Big Lottery Funded HeadStart Kent programme, gave students information on improving their mental health with workshops leading up to a big debate. Workshops with a practical element gave an…

Kent continues to support the military

Kent’s support for the military has been reinforced at a conference, whose aims included ensuring that those who have served in the armed forces and their families are not disadvantaged as a result of their service. The annual conference was organised by the Kent and Medway Civilian Military Partnership Board, with about 150 attendees sharing…

Kent libraries get funding for ‘digital playgrounds’

Kent’s libraries have secured funding of more than £104,000 from Arts Council England to create technological and innovative spaces for children living in disadvantaged areas. The ‘Digital Playground’ initiative was presented to Arts Council England by KCC’s Libraries, Registration and Archives service as a way to help children to explore their creativity through the use…

New Maidstone gyratory system officially opened

The new Maidstone gyratory system has officially been opened today (Thursday). Two trees were planted by the steps leading up the crossing on Bishops Way. Attending were KCC Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport Matthew Balfour and the Mayor of Maidstone Derek Butler. Mr Balfour said: “We have brought together a really good partnership, Maidstone…

Challenger Troop benefits from chairman’s charity

Challenger Troop, an award-winning organisation which assists young people across the county, has benefited from a £1,500 donation from KCC Chairman Tom Gates’ charity fund-raising activities over the past year. The charity delivers engagement and leadership programmes to 7-18-year-olds through military ethos programmes, which offer experiences and opportunities for personal challenges, team-building and leadership training.…

Kent Invicta Award for auctioneer Clive

Auctioneer Clive Emson has received the prestigious Kent Invicta Award from the county council for his work supporting various charities and promoting businesses in Kent. He was presented with the award by KCC Chairman Tom Gates at the full council meeting, following a nomination from leader Paul Carter supported by all political parties. Mr Gates…

A28 road-widening contract awarded

The contract for the road widening of the A28 Chart Road in Ashford between the ‘Tank’ and ‘Matalan’ roundabouts, in preparation for the Chilmington Green development, has been awarded to Jackson Civil Engineering Ltd. Funding for the £32 million project has been secured by Kent County Council, with £10.2 million coming from the Local Growth…

Exciting new volunteer role helping your community

After a successful trial, Kent’s Volunteer Support Warden scheme is expanding across other parts of the county. A pilot project was carried out in several areas, including Tenterden, Great Chart and Singleton, Bridge and Lower Halstow and, as a result, a further 23 towns and parishes have now been identified as areas which could benefit…