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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..

Canterbury Oast Trust
Safer Kent
Kent Association for the Blind
Maidstone Special NeedS Support Service
Hi Kent
Kent search and rescue
Blackthorn trust

Kent Association for the Blind

Sight loss is the sense that people fear losing the most and the reality is that with an ageing population, more and more people will be affected by sight loss.

Kent Association for the Blind celebrates its 95th birthday in 2015 and is the only local charity in Kent helping blind and partially sighted people live fulfilled, healthy and safe lives.

Our specialist services are tailored to meet the individual needs of our clients and range from training in mobility and daily living skills, to IT training and equipment provision, as well as advice, guidance and emotional support.

We rely on voluntary donations to support our work and all the money we raise is used to support individual needs in Kent and Bromley.

Maidstone Special NeedS Support Service

Maidstone Special NeedS Support Service (M4S) is a small Maidstone based parent driven charity. Our aim is to support disabled children and young people and those with special needs to have the same life opportunities as their non-disabled peers, both educationally and socially and for their parents and families to feel supported, empowered and valued.

We run trips and activities throughout the year for families to attend, as well as clubs, which are specifically for children with special needs. We regularly offer parents the opportunity to meet other parents who have children with special needs via support groups and social activities and for those who need a little extra support we have a Family Support Worker who carries out home visits.

Safer Kent

Safer Kent, the operating name for Kent People’s Trust, has been at the forefront of Community Safety and Crime Reduction in Kent for 13 years.  

With the support of local business and the public sector in Kent, we have made a real difference to community safety in Kent and Medway..

Our knowledge and networking skills mean that new, innovative actions have continue to :

•Reduce crime and re-offending,
•Educate our young people about community safety as they move through the different stages of their lives,
•Work with communities to help them solve their own local issues with advice and funding.

Safer Kent also manages partnerships that use sport and music to help young people re-focus their lives. These programmes use a range of sports, applicable to the local area, to motivate young people to achieve self-confidence and build anger management and self-discipline into their daily behaviour. These programmes are really effective and support from sponsors makes a real difference to a person’s life.

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 and Canterbury, 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 in Maidstone, Ashford and Pembury.

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 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 2015


  • Dinner, bed & breakfast for two at Eastwell Manor
  • £200 Marks & Spencer hamper
  • £200 Next voucher
  • Peugeot car for a weekend (donated by Robins & Day, Maidstone)
  • Rare Breeds Centre Falconry Experience Day to include lunch
  • £200 artisan hamper of hand-crafted produce & gifts from Blackthorn Trust
  • Round of golf for 4 players at Bearsted Golf Club to include breakfast & lunch
  • £150 Ticketmaster voucher

plus many other great prizes!

Proceeds will go these local charities:

Hi Kent
Safer Kent
Blackthorn Trust
Kent Search & Rescue
Canterbury Oast Trust & Rare Breeds Centre
Kent Association for the Blind
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 7 December 2015

Tickets for the 2015 draw are available now from any of the member charities. Cost £1 each. Ticket stubs must be returned by no later than Thursday 3 December 2015