Support For Organisations

Support for Maidstone’s Voluntary and Community Sector…

Involve works with the VCS sector in Maidstone by providing help and support on all aspects of establishing, running and developing the capacity of these groups and organisations.

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In order to achieve this we offer the following services to groups:

Training and events programme
Funding information, advice and guidance (IAG)
One To One Bespoke Support Services
Networks and forums
Marketing and communications
Maidstone and Malling Volunteer Centre

 

Training and events programme

The VCS Support service offer a range of training workshops and seminars either free or at low cost to the VCS, public and private sectors. Topics will include health and safety related accredited courses; Legal aspects to running your organisation; Trustee training; Marketing and Media training and Safeguarding. We are continually reviewing and developing our programme. If you have any particular training needs that you would like to discuss please contact the VCS Support Manager, Jacqueline Bobb. We also run conferences and theme specific events. If you would like a copy of our events calendar please click here.

Funding information, advice and guidance (IAG)

Involve offer free access to the Grants One Line database. In order to request a funding search please click here (download the Funding Database Search Request template) We can also send you regular up to date funding information; discuss your funding requirements and assist with funding bids and grants. INVOLVE run regular funding workshops and seminars covering the latest in funding opportunities and hints and tips for achieving better results. 

Involve also helps facilitate Help a Maidstone Child, a project that helps to support funding for struggling parents with children. Click here to find out more.

One To One Bespoke support services

Involve Kent recognise that VCS organisation benefit from one to one support at specific times and to know that there is always someone there that they can contact for support.
To this end we offer the following:-

  • One to One support and mentoring i.e. a range of bespoke information, advice and guidance regarding start-ups; governance; policy and procedure development; factsheets, etc.
  • Specialist Back Office Support
  • Specialist Marketing and Communications Support
  • Specialist Quality Assurance Mentoring
  • Intensive one to one support to organisations through the STAMP programme

The VCS Support service is continually developing it’s offer to VCS organisations. If you have any additional specialist support needs please email Jacqueline Bobb, VCS Support Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01622 677337.

Networks and Forums

The CVS facilitate a range of networks and forums. The overall aim of them is to bring together like-minded people to strengthen the voice of the VCS sector; share information; and provide peer support. The forums invite our public and private sector partners to join us to engage and consult regarding issues affecting the VCS.

For further information about the Voluntary and Community Sector Focus Group (VCS FG) which is a sector wide forum; Maidstone Disability Network (MDN); Children and Young People’s Focus Group (CYP VCS FG); BME forum and The Older People’s Forum (OPF) please click here.

Marketing and Communications

We can publicise your VCS organisation free on our Community Support Directory. This is currently being reviewed and updated and will be available online soon. the information is still accessible via Involve Kent by emailing your name, nature of your enquiry and whether you represent an organisation or are independent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01622 677337. If you would like your organisation added to this directory please let us know.

 

Maidstone and Malling Volunteer Centre

As part of a holistic service the centre offers support to VCS organisation in finding volunteers. Click here for more information.

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