Recently, Kent Kindness facilitated the delivery of eight refurbished bikes with cycle helmets and lights to the boys at the reception centre.
The bikes have been provided through a KCC scheme with the bike refurbishment and delivery being undertaken by the excellent team at Cycle Community, to whom go many thanks. The next step will be for the boys to receive cycle proficiency training which should take place soon.
The centre manager said “Thank you so much for the donation of the bikes, helmets and lights, it’s really appreciated and we look forward to finalising arrangements for the cycle proficiency and the opportunity to use them, thank you again.”
Click on the link below to read a brilliant review of four recent books that cast a light on the refugee crisis. The review was written by Alex Preston, who regularly gives his time and support to Kent Kindness, and published in The Observer on Sunday. Definitely worth reading!
Kent Kindness has been collaborating with a number of other groups including the Refugee Council, Young Lives, the Red Cross and KRAN to produce easily understood information material for young asylum seekers. At the start of the project, some of the young people were asked what information they would most like to have, and they asked for something to explain all the processes involved in applying for asylum, and what to expect in the meanwhile. Kent Kindness and the other organisations were keen to add in what support and help young asylum seekers should expect from the various official bodies, so that has been put in.
Ultimately the “Asylum Journey” will be published as an A2 poster with the “Asylum Leaflet” attached and will hopefully be distributed nationally.
Many thanks are due to the generous supporters of Kent Kindness and others who have enabled this project to be realised.
You can see the poster and the brochure produced by clicking these links.
The BBC Radio 4 “File on 4” programme “The Crossing”, broadcast on 19th March, is an informative and powerful presentation of what is faced by asylum seekers, including young asylum seekers separated from their families, who try to cross the Channel, often in desperate conditions.
Click on the link to listen to this programme via BBC Sounds.
Kent Kindness is very grateful to have been given several substantial donations from organisations as varied as a private Trust and a sporting tournament. Receiving these donations means we can start 2019 with confidence, knowing we have the financial backing we need to continue to offer support to the young people we work with. We will use the money to fund projects connected with education and sporting or creative recreation.
Kent Kindness organised a party for the young people in the reception centre in the week before Christmas. It was as successful as the summer party we held in August, and this time the young people themselves had helped to set up and decorate the room.
We had lots of traditional games such as a seated sack race, pass the parcel, an egg and spoon race, musical statues and pin the beard on the Santa, and a great time was had by all. The party ended with some rousing carols and Christmas songs – hmm, not everyone was singing the same thing at the same time, but we made a lot of noise and had A LOT of fun!
PS Father Christmas turned up too, with a present for each boy.
We have had a great response to our appeal for donations for Christmas gifts – well over £200 from many friends and volunteers. The gifts have been delivered and look fantastic as you can see – and they will bring a lot of happiness when they are given out on Christmas Day by the staff at the reception centre. Thank you so much for your generosity.
If you ever shop online, without paying any more you can donate money to Kent Kindness by joining Easyfundraising.org.uk (link below).
Every time you make an online purchase from any of their supporting retailers (which include Amazon, Ocado, Sainsburys, Tesco, John Lewis, M&S, Next, Topshop, etc etc etc) a donation goes to a charity of your choice. All you have to remember to do is to buy online through the Easyfundraising.org website.
It’s easy to join up – just put in your name, email address and a password. Then you’re ready to choose your charity (Kent Kindness, we hope!) and you’re off! https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk
If you are already using Easyfundraising, you might consider nominating Kent Kindness as your charity of choice for a few weeks….. to do that, simply go to “My Account” on the top toolbar, choose “My Account Settings”, and you will see that the bottom item on the menu says “Change the Cause I Support”. That enables you to use that method to donate to Kent Kindness for a limited period, and then change back again.
Kent Kindness offers support and hope to young asylum seekers and refugees who are living in Kent. Our central project is to give them classes in life skills and basic English, but we are also involved in offering them a range of other educational, sporting and social opportunities.