Children and young people can expect lots of fantastic activities and opportunities this summer – from learning new skills such as dancing, football and broadcasting, to fun days, local festivals and holiday camps – through Kent’s network of voluntary and community organisations.

Twenty organizations have successfully applied for grants from KCC to provide additional activities, support and opportunities to help children and young people reconnect with their pre-pandemic lives.

A total of £900,000 in county grants will go to organizations under KCC’s Reconnect: Kent’s Children and Young People programme, with organizations carrying out projects across the county.

Here are some examples of exciting activities that will be offered to children and young people this summer:

  • The opportunity for pupils from 12 primary schools to learn how to create simple audio programs and set up school radio stations as part of a project led by the Folkestone FM Academy.
  • Activities and events for siblings of life-limited and life-threatening children, so they can meet and build friendships with other children who understand their situation – provided by Demelza Hospice Care for Children.
  • A Pride event and other activities for children and young people from the LGBT+ community, brought to you by Porchlight.
  • Two new Vacation Clubs for 18-24 year olds with severe and complex needs to socialize and make friends, have fun and try different activities, brought to you by We Are Beams and Nova Children’s Project.
  • Education ‘in a box’ lessons that bring school subjects to life whilst promoting local attractions in Kent – for example understanding physics through the ropes and pulleys used in the county’s shipyards and bringing to life history through the incredible castles of Kent.

Sue Chandler, Cabinet Member for Integrated Children’s Services, said: “It’s great to be providing funds to the Voluntary and Community Sector in Kent so they can provide even more meaningful and engaging opportunities for children. and young people this year. We are very grateful for their enthusiastic support of Reconnect and their original ideas that will give children and young people the chance to make great memories this summer.

“We enlisted the help of students from Astor Secondary School in Dover to score each offer and they have provided great insight into the types of activities children and young people want to see available.”

Reconnect has already awarded £1.6 million through its local grants program to small local organizations to provide activities for children and young people. The last round of locality grants ended on February 1, and award decisions will be made in March.

About Reconnect

The Reconnect: Kent Children and Young People program was created in April 2021 in an attempt to reconnect children and young people with the things they have missed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Young people told us they want to get back to fun activities with friends and family, try new experiences like festivals and camping, restart their hobbies and join clubs, and enjoy the outdoors by participating in activities like climbing. and kayaking.

Reconnect is a universal program, focused on providing positive experiences and opportunities for children and young people in Kent, in recognition of the sacrifices they have made throughout the pandemic. The program runs from April 2021 to the end of August 2022.

You can find more information about Reconnect on our website.