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Canterbury Oast Trust £25,000
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Canterbury Oast Trust

Our charity works with some of Kent’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people, adults with a learning disability. A learning disability affects the way a person learns, und...

Our charity works with some of Kent’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged people, adults with a learning disability. A learning disability affects the way a person learns, understands information and communicates. Without the right support this can leave some people with a lack of choice in how and where they live, difficulty in accessing appropriate learning and education, facing discrimination, exclusion and even abuse, potentially leading them to be isolated, to have low self-esteem and suffer loneliness.

Our charity aims to ensure that having a learning disability is not a barrier to living a full life. We believe everyone should have choice and opportunities which support their aspirations for independence, to perhaps find a job and play a fuller role within a more inclusive, accepting and diverse community. We support people by increasing options for independence and learning by providing them with a home, personal development programmes, training projects and inspiring work experiences such as our Rare Breeds Centre, a farm based visitor attraction which is open to the public and attracts over 100,000 visitors per year. We operate as a family unit, working closely with service users, friends, families, volunteers and supporters to provide choice and equality of opportunity and achievement for the people we support.

Dover and Deal Sea Cadets £6,000
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Dover and Deal Sea Cadets

Our Dover and Deal Sea Cadet Unit is a Registered Educational Youth Charity. We are also affiliated to the international Sea Cadet Association. Our Governing body is the Mar...

Our Dover and Deal Sea Cadet Unit is a Registered Educational Youth Charity. We are also affiliated to the international Sea Cadet Association. Our Governing body is the Marine Society and Sea Cadets. We are also accountable to the Charity Commission of England. Our Patron is Queen Elizabeth II. We are open to young people aged 10 to 18 years regardless of race, gender, colour, ethnicity, disability or religion (taking into account their pastoral and dietary needs).

Our aim is to help young people develop a sense of responsible adulthood, using a nautical theme based on the traditions and customs of the Royal Navy, giving them self confidence, self discipline and respect for themselves, others and their community whist encouraging them to achieve their maximum potential. We are not a recruiting arm for the Royal Navy or any other service organisation, although about 25 % of our cadets do go on to join the services, including the Police, Fire Service and Armed forces.

Our Unit is run by a Unit Management Team, who are responsible for overseeing the management of the Unit with regard to premises, equipment, finance, insurance, overseeing the implementation of Health and Safety Law, compliance with Charity Law and Law of the land. The Commanding Officer, who is also a member of the Unit Management Team, also has direct responsibility for recruitment of staff and the training and welfare of Cadets. All staff are thoroughly vetted and are trained to a very high standard.

Ellenor £15,000
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Ellenor

Ellenor is a local charity funded by the generosity of the community. Our mission is to lead and coordinate the best personalised care for all ages, sharing our expertise to...

Ellenor is a local charity funded by the generosity of the community. Our mission is to lead and coordinate the best personalised care for all ages, sharing our expertise to ensure that all families facing terminal illness get the right support in the best place possible – enabling them to make the most of the time they have together.

Our Children’s Hospice Care is provided in the comfort of the family home and spans across North and West Kent and the London Borough of Bexley. Adults living in Gravesham, Dartford and Swanley receive care in their place of choice.

We are the only charity in Kent that provides hospice care for patients of all ages – from the very young to the very old. Our care is also provided for all diagnoses, not just cancer. We also support all physical, practical and spiritual needs in all places including at home, hospital, care homes or our hospice and to all concerned – patients, carers and their families.

In addition to our Inpatient Ward, we also have our Wellbeing services which offer a variety of things to our patients and their families from play and music therapy to counselling and befriending. We also offer day therapy, physiotherapy and complimentary therapies such as reflexology and aromatherapy. In addition to this, we have a weekly bereavement group and regularly hold both bereavement and carers’ cuppas – giving people a chance to talk to and support others who are on a similar journey.

Home-Start Sittingbourne and Sheppey £4,000
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Home-Start Sittingbourne and Sheppey

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes. Parents with young children can become lonely and isolated in their home. Home-Start Sittingbourne and Sheppey trains parents to beco...

Everyone needs a bit of help sometimes. Parents with young children can become lonely and isolated in their home. Home-Start Sittingbourne and Sheppey trains parents to become volunteers and visit families in their own homes, once a week for at least two hours. The weekly visits enable the parent and volunteer to build a trusting relationship so that the parent can discuss issues or concerns confidentially. Our parent volunteers provide practical help, emotional support and share their knowledge of local services for families with young children.

The families ask for help for many reasons, depression, victims of domestic abuse, parent or child’s disability or long term health condition or twins, triplets or several children under 4 years. These effect their ability to attend medical appointments, budgeting, shopping or playing and helping their children learn and develop. The volunteer helps with the children, playing in the home or taking them to the local park. They share their knowledge and experiences of family life, giving the parent alternative ways of resolving issues and reassure them that things will change.

The volunteers take craft and play activities into the home encouraging the parent to become involved in their child’s learning and development. We aim to increase the parents confidence in their ability to cope with family life so that they no longer need our support.

Kent Kidney Patients Association £4,000
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Kent Kidney Patients Association

The Kent Kidney Patients Association was set up to promote throughout Kent, the welfare of persons requiring Renal Replacement Therapy and to provide support and informat...

The Kent Kidney Patients Association was set up to promote throughout Kent, the welfare of persons requiring Renal Replacement Therapy and to provide support and information to those patients, their families and carers.

Our aims are:
To give advice and support to new and existing kidney patients.
To provide holiday respite at our caravans in Combe Haven, Hastings.
To give financial help to patients in need.
To purchase small items of medical and non medical equipment to support patients in their renal units.
To hold fund raising and social events for the benefit of the patients.
To promote awareness of the National Organ Donor Register.
To support a team from Kent in the British Transplant Games annually.

Porchlight £6,000
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Porchlight

At Porchlight, we are proud of our 40 year reputation as Kent’s leading homelessness charity. We help people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; some are homeless...

At Porchlight, we are proud of our 40 year reputation as Kent’s leading homelessness charity. We help people who have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; some are homeless, others are struggling to cope with the pressures in their lives and need our support to keep on track. We help people with housing, education and employment, and their health and well-being. We make a positive impact on adults, children, families and communities as a whole.

Our mission is to change lives for the better by:
a) Preventing people from becoming homeless through the provision of timely and personalised support services
b) Providing housing, education, employability and personal development support to the most vulnerable and isolated people in our communities
c) Challenging negative attitudes towards people who are homeless, living with mental ill-health, or living in poverty.

Romney Resource Centre £4,000
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Romney Resource Centre

Romney Resource Centre (RRC) was established in 1999. The reputation of the organisation over this time has continued to grow as a “Centre of Excellence”...

Romney Resource Centre (RRC) was established in 1999. The reputation of the organisation over this time has continued to grow as a “Centre of Excellence”. It is the only provider of careers and skills advice, training, education and employment support on the Romney Marsh for 16 to 18 year olds and adults.

RRC is the only non-mainstream, post 16 provision outside of Folkestone (16 miles away) that serves the Romney Marsh. Our programmes are designed for small niche cohorts (12 max per class) that larger academic organisations are unable to support.

RRC has been engaging with learners from our local community for over 16 years; The majority of learners who engage with RRC have multiple barriers, low self-esteem and are poorly skilled and qualified, RRC emphasises on supporting these learners to focus on their future aspirations, goals and ambitions for socio-economic, health and well-being, learners can expect to receive the highest quality of support for their learning journey enabling them to re-engage with learning and employment to develop their skills and qualifications much needed to access work and sustainable employment.

The Blackthorn Trust £15,000
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The Blackthorn Trust

Mental illness can be devastating, effecting relationships, ability to work, finances and social life. Step by step we support each person to feel well by using therapy, gentle massage, counselling and art and light therapy, focusing on well-being, energy and sleep...

Mental illness can be devastating, effecting relationships, ability to work, finances and social life. Stress, anxiety, depression as well as other mental health conditions make life incredibly challenging and for some impossible. Blackthorn provides a place to change and take back control of life.

Step by step we support each person to feel well by using therapy, gentle massage, counselling and art and light therapy, focusing on well-being, energy and sleep. Following this each person engages in our workshops one or two days a week, growing our ingredients in the garden, serving customers in the cafe, learning to bake artisan bread and cook healthy meals. During this time working towards accredited training, socialising and building resilience.

Blackthorn was founded 30 years ago to support local doctors help patients with long term mental health conditions. Since then we have used our holistic approach to help other conditions including cancer, diabetes and chronic pain. Our acre site is a beautiful oasis where individuals find a place to heal and rebuild their lives. We are excited to develop our Healing Physic Garden to offer a place to rest and reflect as well as disabled accessible gardening for some of our beneficiaries.

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