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RESILLIENT COMMUNITIES

Support and Encourage Volunteering in the Borough.

£25,000 Recovery Fund

Jun-21

Oct-22

Increase in the number of volunteers, volunteering in the Borough and as a consequence more community initiatives delivered. Work with involve to develop an indicator

Volunteering & Funding online event held on 20 July 2023, focussing on supporting VCS organisations with funding opportunities and managing and supporting volunteers.

Presentations with information and advice were given by:

National Lottery

Space Hive & Crowd Fund Kent

Refer Kent

MBC Community Larder

Imago

 

Representatives from the below 14 organisations attended:

Involve

Street Pastors

The Stones Community Trust

Maidstone Interfaith Network

Headcorn Community Group

Hi Kent

MADM

Tenterden Counselling

Maidstone Operatic Society

CAB

Maidstone WINTER shelters

St Martinís Church

Mid Kent Motor Neurone Assoc.

The Princess Project

Making Miracles

Event was well received with interest on this becoming a regular forum.

Community Resilience Fund

£150,000 Recovery Fund

Oct-21

Oct-24

30 projects delivered by a variety of community and voluntary sector groups and organisations.

The latest round of funding was to projects to support projects to help improve mental health through a range of activities and therapies across the borough, and to a range of different groups.†† 45 Projects received funding to the Value of just over £54K.††

 

Projects included A mobile sight centre to increase access to community support for those affected by sight loss.† Improved community facilities, social groups, support groups for men.† Sessions for those experienced or beginners in Fishing to learn a new sport and to chat and animal therapies amongst other projects.

 

Just under £60K remains and discussions have started as to how to maximise the effectiveness of this pot of money.

Online Community Participation

£15,000 Recovery Fund

Sep-21

 

Online tool in place and used to successfully engage with the public on projects and initiatives.

Complete

Establish Community Compact

N/A

May-21

N/A

Partnership in place between the community and voluntary sector and the council. Joint projects completed and greater resilience

Project closed

Love Where You Live and Get Involved.

£35,000 Recovery Fund

Sep-21

Sep-22

8 community environmental projects delivered. Civic Pride increased as measured by the Residentís Survey. Baseline the number of participants in the project.

Complete†