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.
Here’s a photo which one of our volunteers took of words made using Bananagram tiles as part of an Intermediate level English class in the reception centre. Using as many varied approaches as possible keeps the learners’ attention and helps them to learn. Our classes are not simply about doing worksheets – having fun is very important!
This is our new Kent Kindness Certificate of Participation, issued to boys when they leave the Reception Centre. It will be a positive recognition of the work they have done, and a reward to them for starting back on the path to education and development of skills. This idea has already gone down very well with the boys!
Now that Kent Kindness is fully set up with an online giving facility, it’s great to find that it’s being used – at the date of writing, kind people have donated over £400 (including Gift Aid) during the month of December alone. We’re truly very grateful for your gifts which enable us to extend the support we give to the young people who need your help.
Thank you to everyone who sent us a donation!
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.