The 2019/20 Kent Charity Awards are now officially open!

The Kent Charity Awards celebrates its 6th Year!

Entering our 6th year, we are delighted to announce that charities, both large and small from across the county can submit their entries and gain much deserved recognition for the incredible work they do.

As in previous year’s, we are also looking for your favourite Trustee and Volunteer.  These two awards recognise the difficulties faced by charities in raising funds and delivering services and also the valuable contributions made by trustees, both are a vital asset to any charity.  Full details on how you can nominate someone for these two exciting categories can be found on the Kent Charity Awards website.

The overall winner in 2019 was Community charity Oasis Domestic Abuse Service, which has supported people affected by, or at risk of, domestic abuse for over 22 years.  This wonderful charity offers a comprehensive range of services in Thanet and Dover, including two refuges for women and children, forced to flee their homes.

Halfway through their year Oasis CEO, Deborah Cartwright-Crossley said;  “It has been quite an experience being Kent Charity of the Year. We have had multiple opportunities to showcase the work that we do and to raise awareness of the cross-cutting impact of domestic abuse on our communities.”

Why enter the Kent Charity Awards?

Entering the KCAs is a great way for good causes to gain exposure, increase stakeholder funding and can also be great for staff morale.  In an area where people often work tirelessly to help make the lives of others better, receiving extra recognition can really make a difference and be a tremendous boost.

Chairman of Judges, Susan Robinson from Kreston Reeves said, “The Kent Charity Awards are a wonderful way of saying thank you and well done for work that often goes on under the radar.  In 2019 the judges faced an incredibly difficult task of shortlisting the finalists as we had so many great entries.  During our judges visits we were inspired, we laughed and we cried, but overall we came away humbled.  We witnessed so much innovation and collaboration within the Third Sector and throughout these challenging times we saw hope and possibilities.  We are really excited to be moving into our 6th year and look forward to receiving lots of great entries.“

You can also nominate a Volunteer or Trustee!

In 2019 the Volunteer of the Year went to Mick Clarke, who inspired his local community to help clear and transform a seriously neglected corner of Broadstairs with stunning results.  Mike believes that age should be no barrier to making a difference to the community we live in.

George Harvey was crowned Trustee of the Year for the 32 years of incredible service he has given to Spadework, a charity providing life skills, training and work experience for over 90 people with learning and other disabilities. George was also instrumental in growing the charity to what it is today.

We are delighted to welcome two new sponsors this year, Financial Advice and Services who have offices in Maidstone and Folkestone and offer financial advice across many areas.  Our second new sponsor is AMEY, who are one of the world’s leading infrastructure management and investment companies.

The 2019-20 the Award categories are:

Disabled and Mental Health
Animal, Environment and Wildlife
Community and Community Project
Start Up (established between 1-3 years)
Large Charity of the Year – £5 million +
Best service delivery through volunteers
Best use of Social Media Campaigns or Technology
Other – if you are not sure which category your charity fits in to
Trustee of the Year
Volunteer of the Year

Meet our sponsors

The Kent Charity Awards are sponsored by: The KM Media Group, Kreston Reeves Furley Page, Kent County Council, Medway Council, Diggerland, CC Works, Kent Community Foundation, CAF Bank, and Amey and Financial Advice and Services.

The awards are free to enter and entries will be profiled in the KM Media Group newspapers across the whole region.  Deadline for entries is 2 April 2020 and the judges will then choose the finalists to attend a glittering Gala Awards evening to be held in on 25 June at the Kent Event Centre, Maidstone.

The sponsors and judges are looking forward to receiving previous and new entrants in to this year’s awards.  If you think that your good cause deserves recognition fill in the entry form at

If you have any questions regarding entering the KCAs please email or telephone 01622 239303

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