Support for Charities & Community Groups

Imago offers information, advice and development opportunities in a wide range of areas

Thanks to funding from KCC via the Kent Community Foundation we are able to offer support to community groups and charities operating in the Kent Districts of Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling, Maidstone, Tunbridge Wells, Ashford and Folkestone & Hythe. 

   

Our support includes:

Bi-monthly networking sessions

These are open to any local VCSE operating in the district. The agenda and topics of these networking sessions will be driven by those taking part, but they may include opportunities for:

  • sharing experiences, ideas and practices
  • hearing from appropriate external experts or others with experience
  • establising partnerships with other VCSEs
  • identifying new opportunities for funding and income generation
  • discussing issues of governance, management, volunteer management, internal conflict etc
  • bringing together VCSEs working on similar issues or with similar clients
  • providing 'buddying' relationships between participants
  • identifying new, external, local and national developments which may impact on VCSEs
  • sharing advice and information on other networks, training opportunities, useful resources
  • providing an active group of VCSEs able to be consulted by local authorities, sector bodies etc.

   

Newsletter

Key discussion points and outcomes of each networking session will be recorded and disseminated to those unable to attend and the wider VCSE network through our regular newsletter. You can read our latest issues here.

   

Direct Support to Individual VCSEs

Those operating in the districts outlined above can request support designed to meet their immediate needs and help their longer-term sustainability through tailored information, advice, guidance and training. 

The support will be driven by the specific needs of the VCSEs and could include support on:

  • identifying specific funding and income generation opportunities relevant to the VCSE and working towards creating a 'balanced' set of income streams
  • improving the design and delivery of the services they provide
  • undertaking risk asessments and managing risk
  • looking at organisational, leadership and governance skills

   

Training Sessions

Specific topics and issues may emerge from the networking sessions and tailored support. Training can be arranged accordingly. These sessions could include:

  • developing effective partnerships
  • applying for funding
  • working with commissioners, local authorities, and the NHS
  • safeguarding across the organisation
  • using social media
  • developing services for specific beneficiaries or to address specific issues

 

  
We look forward to hearing from to see how we can help your organisation. Email charitysupport@imago.community

   

There is a calendar of events for the voluntary sector hosted by the 9 Infrastructure Grant organisations. Click here to view the calendar.  

   

Meet the Funder: easyfundraising Wednesday 21st February 2024, 2pm-3pm, online

If you are involved with a voluntary group, CIC, social enterprise, church, school, sports club or charity of any shape and size and would like to find out how easyfundraising.org.uk can help your organisation to receive unrestricted funding on an ongoing basis. Please join Becky Coleman, easyfundraising's Community Fundraising Manager, for this webinar who will demonstrate how the site works, how to get started and answer your questions. Please email Lysette at charitysupport@imago.community for the joining link