The community initiative, run in partnership between Kent Reliance and kmfm, asks the people of Kent to select a project that requires a helping hand or that could benefit from an army of volunteers.
YLF was chosen for the tireless work its small team of dedicated support staff provide to vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people, primarily from the fostering system, to help them reach their full potential.
Work began in earnest during the summer and included stripping walls, plastering, cleaning, decorating, painting and many other tasks that the volunteers worked tirelessly together to transform the offices into a vibrant and welcoming community space that is a pleasure for young people to visit.
Speaking at the launch, Andy Golding, CEO OneSavings Bank said, “I am extremely proud of the job our staff has done. The office transformation has been incredible and it’s a great example of people coming together to help a community project achieve something they wouldn’t have the time to do on their own as their priority is looking after the young people who desperately need their help. In fact the team here told me that they had been trying to paint their offices for nearly two years.”
“I would encourage anyone who is interested in making a difference to young people in the county to make contact with the YLF. They have a range of volunteering and mentoring opportunities available and they wouldn’t be able to help as many young people as they do without the passionate support of their volunteers.”
Geoffrey Dearing, Chairman of the Young Lives Foundation said, ““The difference Project Kent has made to our Maidstone Hub is clear to see. The rooms look bright, fresh and an area all can be proud of. Our staff, volunteers and more importantly the young people can now work in a vibrant environment which matches YLF’s ethos and style.”
“In addition the exposure the charity has been afforded by being part of Project Kent has brought more volunteer applications, funding opportunities and partnerships so we truly are winners of Project Kent - thank you to everyone involved.”