HeadStart youngsters speak at conference with Kate Middleton as guest

Young people from Kent have spoken at a national mental health conference where Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, was among the special guests. Five young people and senior management from the HeadStart Kent programme were invited to the ‘Improving young people’s mental resilience and wellbeing: Learning from HeadStart’ conference in London on Thursday (11 January)…

Improving Access to Tonbridge Station Revised Design

In December 2016, Kent County Council (KCC) carried out a consultation on a design to improve access to Tonbridge Station. Using feedback from that consultation, KCC has now revised the design on which they are now seeking views. Tonbridge station is the busiest station in Kent with over 4.4 million customers expected to have used the station…

KCC continues to protect frontline services

Kent County Council is approaching the start of another financial year facing an immense challenge in setting the council’s budget. In the coming financial year, KCC has a budget gap of £113 million out of the council’s net budget of approximately £1 billion. Savings of £53 million are needed as government funding reduces by £45…

Kent Adult Education nominated for national award to be presented by celebrity host

Kent Adult Education (KAE) has been nominated for a prestigious national award in recognition of the fantastic opportunities it offers thousands of adults across the county. The organisation is up against seven others in the ‘Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year’ category in the TES (formally Times Educational Supplement) FE (Further Education) Awards…

Join Dry January and find support from Kent’s frontline staff

As Dry January gets underway, special training is helping Kent’s frontline staff to identify and support people who may have an alcohol dependency. The sessions for professional workers, including probation officers, job centre staff, careers advisors and social workers, are just one of the many support services available from Kent County Council-commissioned drugs and alcohol…

Girl, seven, collects presents for children who ‘won’t be with their mummies and daddies’ this Christmas

A seven-year-old girl who longed to give presents to children who ‘won’t be with their mummies and daddies’ this Christmas has collected almost 800 gifts – with a little help from some special people. Lilly Osborne, who lives near Borough Green, came up with the heart-warming idea after enduring a tough Christmas herself last year.…

New zebra crossing opens outside primary school

A new zebra crossing outside Bromstone Primary School in Broadstairs has been officially opened by pupils. Kent County Council installed the crossing to make it safer for children crossing the busy Pysons Road. Executive Headteacher Sue Collins said: “We are grateful to Kent County Council for building the crossing because of the safety benefits it…