3:00 PM15:00

Volunteer Christmas Fair

Come along and chat to local organisations offering volunteering opportunities in the Whitstable area. Free refreshments are provided and a free raffle ticket to every entrant to the fair!

Organisations include:

Age UK Whitstable and Herne Bay

Whitstable Car Scheme

Whitstable Castle

Kent Libraries

Herne Bay Museum


British Red Cross

Kent Wildlife Trust


British Red Cross Shop

The Whitstable Society


Home-Start Canterbury and Coastal

Pilgrims Hospices

Kent Association for the Blind

If you require any further information please call 01227 772248


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9:30 AM09:30

Managing Better Together

Are you a manager or leader in a local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector organisation?

Are you managing on your own with little or no management support or supervision?

Are you interested in sharing information and ideas to avoid reinventing the wheel?

Would you value the opportunity to discuss problems and issues with others in a similar position, in a friendly confidential setting?

 If you answered YES, then look no further! Managing Better Together is our forum for managers and leaders in the VCSE sector. We believe that by supporting each other we can help each other to become better informed, better managers and so make the sector better for all.

“I always enjoy the meetings and look forward to having the space to discuss issues and challenges with others in a similar position with a wide range of experience and informed, objective but very supportive, advice and views.''

Managing Better Together meets at the Canterbury Innovation Centre, University Road, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7FG from 9.30am – 12.00. Each meeting will follow the same format, to allow time for discussion of a particular theme or topic and for peer support:
9.30 – 10.00    Arrival, coffee, informal networking
10.00 – 11.00   Theme / topic / presentation
11.00 – 12.00    Peer support

The topic for the November meeting is mental health and wellbeing.

We don't charge a set fee for attendance but we do ask for a contribution of at least £2 towards the costs of venue hire and refreshments. Places are limited so booking is essential. To book your place please email

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9:00 AM09:00

Social Prescribing - The Way Ahead

Building on the success of its first conference in July 2017, Red Zebra are providing a second opportunity for stakeholders to come together in order to develop ideas identified at the first event and to begin detailed action planning.

This event will provide an opportunity to create solutions that make sense locally, structured around the following themes;

  1. How social prescribing can support “fully person-centred” approaches and enable organisations to work better together in order to do this.

  2. Whether local social prescribing models require the identification of cohorts or whole population solutions and how these might support the broader prevention agenda.

  3. Whether effective monitoring and evaluation of social prescribing that provides evidence of its impact can be used to reduce statutory demand and costs.

  4. What we can learn from best practice and national developments

All attendees will be given an opportunity to participate in every workshop during the course of the conference. Subject specialists will lead each session, working with participants in four rounds to: understand the policy framework and context, identify key challenges and opportunities, begin to develop local solutions and to articulate an action plan for change.

This event will bring together colleagues from across statutory and voluntary sectors to explore how social prescribing can be implemented locally, identifying ways in which alliances and partnerships can collaborate to build healthier communities.

Keynote speakers will stimulate discussion and challenge our thinking. We are delighted to welcome Ian Gough, Visiting Professor in the Centre for the Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics and Anna Coote, Principal Fellow at New Economics Foundation.

This series of events seeks to develop a shared understanding of social prescribing, facilitate better partnerships and support practical steps to support the successful implementation of social prescribing at scale. The event will once again be facilitated again by Lorraine Denoris, Public Engagement Agency (PEA™).

Spaces are limited; you can book your place here


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7:00 PM19:00

ROC Conversation Thanet

Come to meet with others from your local community including police and fire services, the local council and churches to discuss ways of working together for the good of the community.

ROC Conversation brings key community contributors together to turn dreams into reality. Many agencies from across the area will be coming together to celebrate the good work which is being done, as well as exploring new ideas.

The programme will include time for round table discussions and feedback.

These evenings have proven to be an incubator for ideas to be expressed and projects to be born. What ideas might you bring to the table?

Book your place

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11:00 AM11:00

Ageing Happily in Whitstable

A celebration of the many groups and activities for older people in Whitstable.

We know that for a lot of people growing older can mean becoming less active and more socially isolated - but it doesn't have to be like that. There are lots of things going on in Whitstable that older people can get involved in - come along to this FREE event and find out more.

All are welcome, so whether you're an older person, a friend, relative or carer, or a professional working with older people, you're very welcome to come along and join us. For more information call Sue on 01227 772248 or MIchelle on 01227 277575.

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5:30 PM17:30

Multicultural Maidstone

  • Maidstone Community Support Centre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have your say- What are the issues for different ethnic communities and nationalities in Maidstone?

How can we develop community cohesion, reduce racial inequality and celebrate our cultural diversity? What are the issues in Maidstone, and how can we work together to solve them?

We are reviewing Maidstone BME Forum, a network supported by the Borough Council bringing together black and minority ethnic groups, organisations, community leaders and individuals.

We will be reviewing the name, purpose and terms of reference of the forum and exploring opportunities to seek funding.

Join us at this free open event to share your knowledge and have your say.

Monday 11th September


Maidstone Community Support Centre

Contact to book


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9:30 AM09:30

Social Prescribing - The Way Ahead

Social Prescribing Conference

“If you hang out with chickens you're going to cluck and if you hang out with eagles you're going to fly"

(Dr. Steve Maraboli, Behavioural Scientist)

Social prescribing is the new "hot" topic across health and social care. Red Zebra are offering an opportunity for you understand how it works, to explore the benefits for your organisation and the people with whom you work.

This event will bring together colleagues from across statutory and voluntary sectors to explore how social prescribing can be implemented locally, identifying ways in which alliances and partnerships can collaborate to build healthier communities.

Speakers from Health, Kent Police, Social Care, Local Government, NHSE, Encompass, civil society and others are coming together to explore what social prescribing means to them. There will be a marketplace to offer opportunities to learn about existing voluntary and community services and activities.

This is the first in a series of three events seeking to develop and support effective social prescribing going forwards; learning from national best practice and identifying opportunities and challenges to the successful implementation of social prescribing at scale.

Book your place now at:

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2:00 PM14:00

Canterbury District networking meeting

Are you a charity, community group or social enterprise working in the Canterbury district and looking to make links with other organisations and to find out what is going on locally?
Come along to Red Zebra’s Canterbury District Networking Meeting on Tuesday 27th June from 2pm – 4pm at The Horsebridge Centre, 11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable CT5 1AF.
At our last meeting we discussed engaging with young volunteers and one of the issues that came up was requests for student work experience placements. Training and education providers often ask for block placements for students in for example health and social care, nursing, social work or the police. Many groups find it difficult to accommodate these requests and as a result sometimes end up saying no.
However, we think it’s important to support these students and help them to become better practitioners by getting some first-hand experience of our sector, so we need to find ways of working with the colleges and universities to develop placements which work for us as well as for them and the students.
There will also be lots of time for informal networking and the opportunity to talk about your organisation and any news, developments or events you have coming up.

There is no fee for this event but donations towards the cost of refreshments are always welcome. Places are limited so if you’d like to attend please email to book your place.

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