Strengthening communities and empowering people across Kent
We work across Kent to deliver positive social impact, strengthening communities, empowering people and improving lives.
Guided by our principles as a social enterprise, we are committed to ensuring positive sustainable outcomes for communities, leaving those we work with strong and more resilient.
Some recent example of our work across Kent include:
Lots More to Offer
'Lots More to Offer' is a project that provides intensive ongoing help and support to 45+, unemployed people, giving them access to volunteering, training and employment opportunities. SEK will also be developing a recruitment app and website, offering employment opportunities for 45+ people.
Part of the 'Building Better Opportunities' programme, funded by National Lottery and the European Social Fund, SEK lead the project across Kent. The project provides:
- Personalised 1 to 1 sessions with an Employment Support Adviser,
- Help with motivation and self-confidence,
- Support with identifying the right voluntary and employment opportunities,
- Training in Employability skills, CV writing, Money Management, I.T. and much more,
- Self-employment guidance for those wishing to start-up by themselves,
- An opportunity to meet new people within the community!
Let’s Get Working
Working across Thanet, Canterbury, Folkestone, Hythe, Shepway and Dover, SEK are delivering the exciting 'Let's Get Working' project.
'Let's Get Working' is a social prescribing project where we provide intensive , personally tailored and ongoing practical support for disadvantaged people over the age of 16, who are not in work or training due to a disability or long-term physical health condition.
Participants are assigned a dedicated Community Connector who will work closely with them to help them take their next steps towards employment, volunteering, work placements or getting involved in their local community.
Since the project started in 2017, SEK has achieved the following with participants:
Part of the National Lottery Funded 'Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better' programme, Social Enterprise Kent leads the £3million Ageless Thanet programme.
Working with 50+ residents, Ageless Thanet is tackling social isolation and loneliness, improving mental and physical health in older people and influencing, both locally and nationally, perceptions of ageing and informing policy on ageing.
Ageless Thanet is working towards achieving the following outcomes.
People aged 50 and over are:
- less isolated and lonely
- actively involved in their communities, with their views and participation valued more highly
- more engaged in the design and delivery of services that improve their social connections.
The programme also aims to support:
- services that improve social connections to be better planned, co-ordinated and delivered
- the development of better evidence about how to reduce isolation and loneliness for people aged over 50, in order to improve the design of services in the future.