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Brunch and a bit more …


The Net and WALT are delighted to brighten up our Wednesday daytimes, introducing ‘Brunch and a bit more’!

As stated, there’ll be nibbles by way of a bacon roll, or perhaps waffles – something tasty each week, washed down with a cuppa. And all for a paltry £2!

That’s the brunch part anyway. The bit more will include a singalong (like today’s inaugural brunch), arts & crafts,  special visitors – it’s very much lead by the attendees, who’ve already begun making a list of what they’d enjoy.

So why not head down our way on Wednesdays between 10am-2pm? We look forward to seeing you.


Activities, fundraising

The KM Colour Run

Event date: Sunday, June 9, 2019 staged at Betteshanger Country Park, Deal. One Start time (10.30am)

colour run
Are you dong anything on Sunday, June 9? If not, how about coming along to the KM Colour Run with us to raise funds?

Whether you run, jog, or walk, it’s a great way to raise some money and get active – all the while being showered with coloured powder!

The event is less about your 10-minute-mile and more about having fun. The KM Colour Run is a 5K, un-timed run in which participants are doused from head to toe in different colours at points throughout the run. The aim is start white and finish bright!

The KM Colour Run is a great fundraising and team-building event appropriate for participants of all ages (U16’s must be accompanied by an adult runner).

This is a collaborative event enabling you to run for your own charity. Your charity will receive 70% of sponsor monies, with the remaining 30% going to the KM Charity Team. This will cover event costs and fund the KM Charity Team’s child literacy and road safety work with schools.

Gift Aid collected on manual sponsor forms is retained by KM Charity Team and Gift Aid raised using our own Virgin Money Giving sponsorship page is split 70/30 between your chosen charity and KM Charity Team. Participants are required NOT to set-up their own online donation page not linked to the KM Charity Team page. All instructions on how to create your linked Virgin Money Giving page are sent out post-booking.

To book your spot, please click here and follow the instructions. Use booking code COLLAB19 for a £6 discount. See you there!


Enjoying an Easter Lunch


We undertook a special one off for our community during the Easter holidays, when we invited everyone along for an Easter lunch.

With twenty three of us getting together for a chat over a buffet and lots of tea, a fun  afternoon was had, with clamours of “more, more”. It will happen, so watch this space.


Materials were made available for Easter bonnets, with our overall winner being Joan.


Activities, fundraising

The next KM Charity event is … the Big Bike Ride!

KM Bike Ride

On Sunday 28th April, the KM Charity Team will host its annual KM Big Bike Ride sponsored by Vattenfall.

We would love you to take up the challenge for The Net, and help raise money for us to continue our valuable work, alongside our resident partners, Walderslade Together.

Choose from a gentle 50km route or a more challenging 100km course, both heading out from Betteshanger Country Park, A258, Deal, Kent CT14 0BF.

* Hot/Cold Food and drink at finish available, mid-ride refreshments for all riders

* Free sportive photograph of you during the bike ride

* Timing Chips

* Goody Bag and medal

You can take part just for the fun of it, but we’d love you to do it for us. We’d receive 70% of your sponsor money, with the remaining 30% going to the KM Charity Team to be used on its children’s road safety work in Kent.

Participants are required to set up a linked Virgin Money Giving page and details on how to do this are sent out post-booking. As an incentive, the highest individual fundraiser will win 2 x EUROSTAR tickets! Individual cost is £30 and you can sign up here. Use code KMVIP to get £5 off.

Online booking deadline is Saturday, 27th April at 9pm. However, you can sign up on the day anytime between 8-10am.

If booking for someone else but not taking part yourself, you still need to fill in your details on the booking form in order for your payment to go through. You will then be sent an email asking for the participants details. Any issues, call 0844 264 0291.

There is a large car park on site. Check-in will take place between 8am and 10am. Start time is 9am (no riders will be able to leave prior to this to allow for final route signage and marshalling checks).

Please note: Due to insurance purposes this ride is not open to anyone under the age of 12. Riders aged 12-17 must have a parental consent form signed by a parent or legal guardian and must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Thank you!


The Net Hub to benefit from Kent Community Foundation’s Core Support Fund

The Net Hub celebrates its support from KCF

The Net Community Hub has been chosen as the Medway recipient for the Kent Community Foundation’s new Core Support Fund.

The Core Support Fund will have a significant impact on the delivery of our services in Weedswood, one of the most deprived areas of Medway. It’s a three year programme to cover core costs, with the Net receiving £12,000 for the first year.

The Net manager, Jaye Nolan, says: “This is fantastic news from Kent Community Foundation, who’ve already been so supportive of us in the past two years. As a tiny charity that punches above its weight for our local community, the core funding is a real boost and will enable us to do so much more to combat social isolation in our vulnerable, elderly and isolated residents.”

The Net Hub Vice Chairman, Geoff Waters, comments: “It’s absolutely outstanding and a perfect testimony to Jaye’s hard work, initiative and commitment since joining as the NET Community Hub as our manager. Although only part time, she provides leadership well beyond expectations.”

Front-line organisations invest a great deal of resource into applying for funding, and sometimes find it challenging to secure funding for their core work and overheads like utilities, rent and service delivery staff. This grant comes at the perfect time for The Net, and will allow us to consolidate their services and make much needed improvements to the hub.

Natalie Smith, Director or Grants and Impact at Kent Community Foundation comments: “We received a huge number of applications for our Core Support Fund, with Medway being the most over-subscribed district. We are well placed to understand the importance of unrestricted and multi-year support to grassroots organisations and we look forward to seeing the impact of this funding on their communities over the three years.”


Volunteer Anna takes a big step forward

Anna Volunteer

The Net and WALT volunteer Anna Kelly has completed the first session in the Connect 5 ‘Train the Trainer’ programme.

The scheme is designed to help volunteers connect with people and endow them with more knowledge of the issues some may face. It also helps empower them as a route to employment.

Connect 5 is a mental health promotion training programme developed from a unique collaboration between Public Health England (PHE) & Health Education England (HEE). It is designed to increase the confidence and core skills of front line staff so that they can be more effective in having conversations about mental health and wellbeing, help people to manage mental health problems and increase their resilience and mental wellbeing through positive changes.

Congratulations Anna! (And good luck with the second session!)