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RAISE launches new grant fund for South East civil society organisations

RAISE is very proud to announce the launch of the ‚ÄėRAISE Challenge Fund‚Äô; a ¬£125,000 grant fund to stimulate new and bold activity within voluntary and community sector groups, resulting in positive change across the communities they serve.

The fund will reward the most creative project ideas and the most exciting means of delivery. We are throwing open the challenge to all parts of the sector and want to hear how your organisation proposes to show leadership and embrace new ways of working or engaging with people. We are also keen to see how unlocking your potential can dramatically improve your organisation’s impact and effectiveness. For more information click here.


Formerly known as CTXchange, this programme enables eligible UK-based charities to request donated technology products (including operating system software, server software and hardware products such as switches, routers, wireless equipment and firewalls) from Partners such as Microsoft, Symantec and Cisco. Charities are required to pay an administrative fee per product to cover the costs of delivering the programme. Whilst the administrative fees vary, charities will still make savings of between 92-96% on typical retail prices.

Visit the tt-exchange website by clicking this link.

KCC Inside Track

The latest Kent County Council Inside Track funding newsletter can be found online by clicking here.


In-kind leadership training


Online training provider Inspire, Motivate & Engage is offering £5,000 worth of in-kind support to each of 200 charities in 2014. The support offered is access to its full range of OCN accredited online training courses.


Visit the website here for more information.



Care Quality Commission inspection of Kent Community Services NHS Trust.

The Care Quality Commission will be inspecting Kent Community Services NHS Trust from 10/06/2014, which provides a range of community health services across Kent and East Sussex, including dentistry, physiotherapy, health visiting, sexual health services, speech therapy and podiatry. The inspection team would be very interested to hear from anyone who has used community health services in this trust in the last 12 months.

The inspection team are keen to hear the evidence from local voluntary and community groups about the quality and safety of care at this community health trust. You can send reports, peoples stories of care or other evidence your group holds about people’s care to or you can ring 03000 616161. Please put the name of the trust you are sending information about in the title of the email to help us pass it to the right inspection team.

You can send evidence of high-quality care as well as any concerns you have identified.  We will use your information to help the inspection team plan the inspection and what to look for on the inspection. The inspection team will ask these five questions about the trust and its services:

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Is it safe?

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Is it effective?

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Is it caring?

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Is it responsive to people‚Äôs needs?

‚Äʬ†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Is it well-led?

There will also be a public listening event that you may want to attend or promote. More information can be found at

You can read more about how we carry out our inspections at  

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