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Nigel Havers

An introduction to Kent Charities Group from the Group's Patron, actor Nigel Havers:

“I was delighted to be invited to be a Patron of the Kent Charities Group. I know that they do invaluable work, and look forward to working with them in the future.”

Who we are and our aims

The Kent Charities Group is a unique group of carefully selected, independent registered charities, all based in Kent, and committed to improving the quality of life for people throughout the county, through their individual causes. Whilst retaining their individual identities and diverse work, the Kent Charities Group epitomises the true ethos of partnership working.

The charities in the Group help thousands of vulnerable children and adults and their vital work impacts on whole families who rely on this support.

We all need donations from the public to carry out our work so your interest and support is a vitally important way of helping local Kent charities do what they do best across the county.

To make contact with Kent Charities group please email: L.Clayton@hikent.org.uk

Read below to find out about our work, then please consider how YOU could help us..

Canterbury Oast Trust
Hi Kent
Blackthorn trust


The Powell-Cotton Museum, House and Gardens are situated within Quex Park in Birchington, Kent. Quex House was formerly the family home of Major Percy Powell-Cotton and in addition he established the Powell-Cotton Museum to house his immense collection of Natural History and artifacts that he collected on his many explorations within Africa and Asia.

This unique collection of historic and scientific interest is beautifully displayed and open to the public as well as visiting students and researchers. Within the 7 acres of formal gardens and parkland the Historic Walled Garden needs urgent financial help to preserve the many original features of its historic use and the collections of tender exotics, fruit trees, cacti, succulents and pelargoniums. Work is ongoing to preserve the glasshouse structures and to raise heritage fruit and vegetable varieties. Our aim is to provide a therapeutic space for all to enjoy.

As a Charitable Trust that does not receive any statutory funding we are always extremely grateful for the additional support we receive from our visitors and donors. Our work is varied and includes maintaining the vast collections based at the museum, looking after the house and gardens; as well as working with individuals and groups to provide volunteering opportunities and education for the local community.


Hi Kent

Hi Kent is the county of Kent's deaf and hard of hearing registered charity, established in 1986, providing 'Sound support for deaf and hard of hearing people'. One person in every five is deaf or hard of hearing, and in Kent there are over 300,000 such people who need our help. From our Resource Centres in Maidstone and Canterbury, and Maidstone Shop, and through our countywide network of hearing aid aftercare clinics, we manage to help more people every year. We depend on our team of dedicated unpaid volunteers for our charitable activities.

In 2007 Hi Kent was the only Kent voluntary organisation to receive the Queen's Award For Voluntary Service. Hi Kent provides information, assessment and provision of equipment to deafened and hard of hearing people, to help overcome the social isolation that deafness can cause, including:
• Specialist information and advice
•Assessment and provision of equipment to persons aged 65 and over to help them in their daily lives
•Resource Centres to view equipment

Hi Kent runs free local Lipreading Classes throughout the county, and also free Tinnitus Support Groups throughout Kent.

Hi Kent also provides Deaf Awareness Training and runs British Sign Language Courses at Levels 1, 2 and 3 and Taster Courses.

Hi Kent makes a very real difference to the lives of people with a hearing loss throughout the county, and currently helps over 66,000 people each year.


Wildlife Heriatge Foundation

The Blackthorn Trust is a supportive therapeutic environment in which people can recover, grow and develop. Founded over 30 years ago by Dr David McGavin, we offer specialist therapies and rehabilitation at our unique facilities near Maidstone, which includes the Blackthorn Medical Centre, a large biodynamic garden, a vegetarian cafe and kitchen, craft studios and therapy rooms. Our work is based on the belief that more than medication is required to affect positive change in people: namely community, meaningful work, therapeutic and peer support, and daily routine. We use our person-centred approach to help people who are at points of crisis in their lives, suffering from physical and mental illness, as well as learning difficulties.


Canterbury Oast Trust

Canterbury Oast Trust supports adults with learning disability, sometimes complex, to live more independently and to take control of their lives by providing a home, personal development, learning and inspiring work experiences. We operate as a social enterprise running a number of training projects which help to generate income to support our work including: - Rare Breeds Centre: our 100 acre farm which is open to the public and attracts over 110,000 visitors per year. -The Mariners: our busy tea room in Rye, East Sussex. -Poulton Wood: our 28 acre woodland and conservation project. -Rainbow Gallery: a vibrant art project which welcomes over 100 artists. -Plants and Produce: our horticulture project growing thousands of plants for sale to the public.


Full details of all our current activities can be found on our Facebook page.