Regional impact

Kent in the community

Our community of more than 2,300 student volunteers delivered more than 90,000 hours of help and support for more than 130 local organisations or individuals in Kent in 2016-17.

Key facts

Student volunteers also staff our Student Community Champions scheme, which operates in residential areas of Canterbury and encourages students living off-campus to forge connections with the local community.

Staff at Kent also participate in a range of public service and engagement activities that make a difference to people living in the region.

We work with more than 45 secondary schools in the region to provide activities to encourage local children to consider further study.

More than 18,000 primary and secondary school pupils took part in our outreach programmes, which were delivered by more than 340 Student Ambassadors, in 2016-17.

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About Liz Flaxman and Tankerton FC

Liz works as Risk and Compliance Officer in the finance team at Kent. In her spare time, she champions the development of new sporting opportunities for local young people in her work as a volunteer at grassroots football club, Tankerton FC.

Liz on Tankerton FC

Tankerton FC is a grassroots football club, run entirely by volunteers so I got involved in supporting the administrative side and pulling together funding bids.

After securing some funding we were able to launch a new deaf team for five to 12-year-olds in January 2018. The children show real passion for football and play with a smile on their faces.

It’s hugely rewarding to see them make new friends and develop their skills.

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Last Updated: 25/02/2019

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