Stronger Kent Communities

Following the publication of Kent County Council’s (KCC) Voluntary and Community Sector policy in September 2015, a new service was introduced in January 2017 to provide support to voluntary sector organisations in the county.

Formed of 11 Kent organisations, Stronger Kent Communities (SKC) is an ambitious, dynamic consortium that works across Kent supporting and empowering the voluntary sector to make communities of Kent fairer and stronger.

To achieve this, Stronger Kent Communities:

  • shares information about events, funding opportunities, training courses and best practice;
  • delivers projects that encourage and support residents to become more involved within their communities;
  • offers support and empowers communities and organisations;
  • works innovatively, and
  • amplifies and represents the voice of the voluntary sector.

Read about the 2017 achievements here in the Annual Report.

Funding for All is proud to be a Stronger Kent Communities consortium member alongside partner organisations: Action with Communities in Rural Kent, Ashford Volunteer Centre, Canterbury & Herne Bay Volunteer Centre, Kent CAN, North West Kent Volunteer Centre, Swale Community & Voluntary Services, Shepway Volunteer Centre, Thanet Volunteer Bureau, West Kent Communities and Youth Central.

Our role within the consortium is to upskill Kent’s voluntary sector through training initiatives:

That’s the Way to Do It!

At the core of Funding for All is our mentoring programme. Through a team of highly experienced professionals, we offer VCSE organisation staff and volunteers mentoring on all aspects of fundraising, with the intention that the VCSE organisation will retain these skills and become sustainable. For more information on our mentoring programme please visit How it Works.

Training for All

In partnership with consortium member, West Kent Communities, we offer training courses across the county  covering subjects relevant to the voluntary sector. Courses are led by Kathy Roddy who is a qualified and experienced fundraising trainer spending more than 20 years in the voluntary sector. During 2018, training is offered in tendering and procurement, bid writing, evidencing need, presentation skills, impact measurement and fundraising. For more information and for booking our training courses visit Eventbrite.

Skills Exchange

In partnership with consortium member, Thanet Volunteer Bureau, we deliver a means for high impact volunteer partnering between Kent businesses and VCSE organisations. During the programme we will:

  • work with charities to identify areas of specific need that might be fulfilled by business volunteers’ professional skills and knowledge;
  • work with businesses to identify the in-house skills they are able to offer; understand the benefits to employee professional development and identify flexible ways of delivering employee volunteering (moving the emphasis from volunteering days to volunteering hours);
  • provide a dedicated matching service, using the principles of synergetic corporate funding; and
  • provide set up, administrative and ongoing support to both charities and businesses to help both parties achieve their objectives.

“Skilled volunteers can make a really big difference to a small charity, we’re really grateful for the hard work that was generously donated.”
– Oasis Domestic Abuse Service on working with Digital Design by Ollie

Recent partnerships we have created include:

  • Staff from Kent County Council offered their social media marketing skills and trained charity, Green Finger’s, in how to set up and moderate a Facebook page.
  • Digital designer, Oliver Solly, offered his creative skills to Pilgrim’s Hospice, Oasis Domestic Abuse Service and KRAN (Kent Refugee Action Network) to design marketing materials and a new logo.
  • Business Computer Solutions Ltd ran a three free training courses – Introduction to Digital Marketing (twice due to popular demand) and GDPR for Everyone.

Read more about the programme, including the background and our achievements so far, here.

To register your organisation’s interest in the exchange programme contact Georgie MacFarlan on Alternatively you can register your needs and preferences here:

Charity looking for volunteers? Click here.
Company looking  for team building activities or to donate? Click here.
Employee looking to volunteer? 
Click here.

Read more about Stronger Kent Communities’ work here and all upcoming events and training opportunities here.