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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 rely solely on 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 Kent
The Kent Peoples Trust
Porch Light
Blackthorn trust
Young Kent
Kent Search and Rescue
Dandelion time

Young Kent

Kent Youth and Kent Council for Voluntary Youth Services (KCVYS) joined together in 2012 to form Young Kent. We strive to be the leading youth work organisation in the county. Young Kent offers essential support services to youth organisations of all sizes. Our staff team engage with our members, as well as young people through our face to face programmes. We represent the best interests of our membership organisations. We recognise the achievements of youth organisations and young people in Kent and Medway and take pride in celebrating their successes. We are committed to helping young people reach 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.


We are one of the foremost charities supporting vulnerable and homeless people in Kent and Medway. We have supported accommodation services in Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Margate, Ramsgate and Tonbridge, a homelessness prevention service and a dedicated rough sleeper team. We provide a range of services supporting people with complex needs, with specialist services for young people, ex-offenders and people with enduring mental health issues.


Dandelion Time is a farm-based project for children struggling with emotional and behavioural difficulties, often resulting from trauma or abuse.  We provide practical farm-based therapeutic activities to help children overcome past suffering, develop in confidence and self-esteem and discover a new and positive path to follow. Our aim is to improve each child’s emotional well-being and resilience so they are better able to lead full and happy lives.

In a combination of one-to-one and group family sessions, children attend with a parent or carer to take part in practical farm and craft activities in which they engage with the natural world, including work on the farm caring for animals and growing and harvesting vegetables, using the farm’s produce to prepare and cook meals together, and taking part in creative craft activities using clay, wool, and wood.
Christmas raffle

Do you want to take part in Kent’s Big Charity Draw?

Tickets for the 2013 draw are available now from any of the member charities. Ticket stubs must be returned by no later than Thursday 5 December. The draw will take place on Monday 9 December.

A Christmas charity draw containing some fantastic prizes is organised by the Kent Charities Group annually to raise funds in support of the group charities in the County.

We are thrilled and thankful for the support of the Kent organisations who generously donate the prizes. Draw tickets are just £1 each and are available in books of five and to get yours or to help selling them.

Contact Kent Charities Group,
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Raja Dinner

Fundraising Dinner

Fundraising Dinner in aid of the Kent Charities Group on Thursday 6th March 2014 7pm for 7.30pm at The Raja of Kent Restaurant, 32 Union Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1ED

Tickets £20 (drinks not included)

Enjoy a great night out with friends and help raise money for our charities

Tickets available from any Kent Charities Group member charity