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The Kent Charities Group is a unique group of carefully selected, diverse, independent registered charities, all based in Kent and committed to improving the quality of life for residents 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.

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:

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

Hi KentYoung Kent
The Kent Peoples Trust
Canterbury Oast Trust
Kent Search and Rescue
Blackthorn trust

Young Kent

At Young Kent we support around 25,000 young people from across the County either directly or indirectly each year. We do this by working with and providing both infrastructure and hands-on support for the many youth clubs and community groups run each week by dedicated volunteers as well as managing our own direct delivery programmes to help young people from a range of backgrounds.

The work we do aims to raise the quality and capacity of youth provision across Kent and provide direct support to help young people raise their aspirations, build their confidence & self-esteem, and develop the personal, social, life and employability skills needed to achieve their full potential.

The Kent Peoples Trust

Kent Peoples Trust is a grant making charity dedicated to Crime Prevention, Substance Abuse Education and Victims of Crime Support in Kent. The Trust has made over £500 000 in donations or grants to projects and community groups to help make Kent a Safer Place. It is supported by a number of Corporate organisations, individuals and civil sector members. The Trustees and Board members meet every quartet to allocate funds. Application forms can be obtained from the office at Kent Police Headquarters Sutton Road Maidstone ME15 9BZ  or via email from  

The Director of the Trust has, since the founding of the Kent Charities Group, been involved in the ideals and actions of the Kent Charities Group as a further commitment to the communities of Kent.      

The Kent Peoples Trust supports a number of "Handy Van" Schemes that offer a safe and reliable service to vulnerable people who need to improve the security and safety of their homes.   The Vans are staffed by skilled and vetted  workman who fit fire alarms, door locks and other security equipment. In many cases we work with our partners to ensure that the equipment is of the highest standard and that we reach as many of the homes as possible.

Our Coastal inclusion programmer helps young persons who have been referred to us by social services or the Youth Offending teams, to regain their self confidence and to realise that they can achieve results by encouraging them to commit to a long term programme based at either Whitstable or Dover. The programme is run with the help of the Sea Scouts and Royal Yachting association and has a high reputation of achieving results. The Partners in this programme were recognised with a High Sheriff of Kent award in 2009 for their work with the young people on the programme.   This programme is support by the Youth offending teams as a way reinforcing the message that hard work and commitment can achieve results.

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 seven is deaf or hard of hearing, and in Kent there are around a quarter of a million such people who need our help. From our Resource Centres in Maidstone, Canterbury and Medway, 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 provides Deaf Awareness Training and British Sign Language Courses.

Hi Kent makes a very real difference to the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the county, and currently helps over 65,000 people each year.

Kent Search and rescue

Kent Search & Rescue exists to offer a special service to the Police, RAF Search & Rescue Units, other emergency services and local councils throughout Kent, and the rest of the UK if called upon.

Wildlife Heriatge Foundation

The Blackthorn Trust is an established charity which offers medical care, specialist therapies and rehabilitation through work and community within Blackthorn Garden, our developing social enterprise. We offer help to individuals with continuing mental health problems, chronic physical health difficulties (in particular those with chronic pain) and/or learning disabilities. Through specialist therapies, work placements and community, we assist people who face the enormous challenge of a chronic or continuing condition to find their potential in life, optimising their ability to work and integrate into the wider community, with all the individual, social and economic benefits this brings.

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 80,000 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.
Christmas raffle

Kent Charities Group Christmas Draw 2014


  • Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for Two at Eastwell Manor
  • £200 Marks & Spencer Hamper
  • Peugeot RCZ for a Weekend (donated by Robins & Day, Maidstone)
  • Monitor Audio Ideck 100 ipod & iphone docking station & speaker system
  • Bed & Breakfast for Two at The Falstaff Hotel, Canterbury
  • Canoe Day Trip for Four on the River Medway (Tonbridge to Yalding)
  • Audi for a Weekend
  • P & O Ferry Crossing for Car and up to 9 Passengers

plus many other great prizes!

Proceeds will go these local charities:

Hi Kent
Kent People’s Trust
Young Kent
Blackthorn Trust
Kent Search & Rescue
Canterbury Oast Trust & Rare Breeds Centre
and a proportion of these funds will go to the Kent Charities Group

The Draw will be made by the Mayor of Tonbridge & Malling in the Mayor’s Parlour at the Council Offices at 11.00am on Monday 8 December 2014

Tickets for the 2014 draw are available now from any of the member charities. Ticket stubs must be returned by no later than Thursday 4 December.