Council supports local services

Published: Wednesday, 27th March 2024

Sevenoaks District Council will again be supporting local charity and voluntary groups by allocating £97,388 to help them continue their valuable work across the District.

The grants will support organisations that provide services to Sevenoaks District residents, particularly those in greatest need.

This includes £2,500 for the Sevenoaks District Arts Council and £2,500 for the Sevenoaks District Sports Council.

A further £28,848 of funding will be given to 13 local groups who support residents with disabilities, run community transport, give debt advice and help those experiencing domestic violence.

Amongst the organisations that will benefit from the grants are Youth Resilience UK, Sevenoaks Samaritans, Kenward Trust and Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services (DAVSS).

Other charities and groups who will receive grants include the Compaid Trust who were allocated £2,450 to provide digital skills training to disadvantaged residents and Phab who will use their £500 to inspire and support disabled adults to have fun and make new friends.

The biggest grant of £63,540 will go to Citizens Advice. The Council is also providing Citizens Advice with a further £18,000 for housing advice and £40,000 of funding secured from Kent County Council and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for People and Places, Cllr Lesley Dyball, says: “Despite the current challenging financial climate, we are continuing to support our voluntary and charity sector, who are the backbone of our community.

“These incredible organisations help our most vulnerable residents, so we’re delighted to be able to offer grants that enable them to continue their vital work.”