Gravesend—March 2018

Carers First: Wonderful event, positive message.

Kent Libraries: A lovely vibrant atmosphere, well organised and well-advertised. I will look forward to the next one.

Citizens Advice in North-West Kent: Steady flow of people. Good mix stalls to attract interest.

SSAFA: Getting our name to more people who may either know people who need us, or need us themselves.

Meopham U3A: Useful for networking with organisations who we might work with.

Dartford—March 2018

Sustrans: Good atmosphere, people willing to talk, not just take resources.

Dartford Quilters: Met people who were unaware of our group.

Art 4  Happiness: It’s a great initiative. I got to network with other volunteers and learn about their work.

Against All Odds Still Standing: We got a excellent response, it was great for us!

Orchards Juniors Scale Model Club: It was good seeing other organisations and exchanging ideas.

Visitor: It’s a thing to connect people—there’s alot of information in one spot. It shows we are a  thriving community.

Visitor: Brilliant, a great deal of information to take back to my doctors surgery to inform and help the patients. Stall holders very informative and knowledgeable.

Swale—March 2018

Swale community Leisure: Valuable networking opportunity.

Shaw Trust: I have found it beneficial to meet organisations we could work with and mutually support each other. It’s been great.

Fresh Perspectives: Wonderful to have the live music and performances!

Bumblebee Conversation Trust: Lovely way to engage with people. Will attends others.

Where’s our Bridge: We had a perfect spot. Lots of positive attention.

Hospices of Hope: A brilliant eclectic event. Appalachian Clog Dancing!

Visitor: Really impressive collection of information and support.

Thanet – June 2018

Cats in Crisis Thanet: More of the same please!

Monkton Nature Reserve: A great idea & good for the community.

Arts in Ramsgate: Positive approach and interest from all who visited our stall for future contact.

Rise Kent: First time at such an event. Very useful for raising awareness and networking also to know what else is available.

Age UK Thanet: Good turnout, lots of people & orgs attending.

British Red Cross: Really well attended event great location plenty of help from the volunteer centre staff.

Canterbury—June 2018

Royal Voluntary Service: Lovely atmosphere, very positive experience.

Kent Association for the Blind: A very well organised and attended day.

Victim Support: Good networking, great turnout.

British Red Cross: Super job! Well organised, positive, lively vibe.

Deal—June 2018

Kent Family History Society: Good space & Jolly atmosphere.

Deal & District Flower Club: Nice to have so many stalls celebrating the natural world.

Dover District Council: Networking, promoting grants scheme, raising awareness, much information.

Deal Friday Folk club: We have a full potential new folk club member from today & a few previous members that will return.

Arthritis Care Deal: Very friendly, useful event.

Deal open gardens: Really enjoyed it and many people want to visit the gardens.

Folkestone – July 2018

Age UK Hythe and Lyminge: Great atmosphere, well organised event. Nice to be surrounded by passionate people.

KCC Early help: Really great event, lots of great conversation and interests in our services.

Kent Refugee Network: Incredibly useful networking opportunity- thanks so much for organising it.

Touchbase Care: Excellent event, full of great causes.

Tunbridge Wells – July 2018

Create: Well organised, refreshments were lovely. Event has potential

Inception Dance- Silver Swans: Really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of the event. Great organisation of event, good communication + lovely and supportive crowd.

Sherwood Men’s Shed: Excellent event

Pickering Cancer Drop-In Centre: What a great day. A lovely atmosphere & great to meet up with old friends from other charities & community services. My volunteers were over the moon with their certificates.

Additional Feedback:

More members of the public & more advertising:

We continue to work on ways to attract more members of the public and these include banners in public spaces in the run up to the event & on the day, placards around the venue & in busy parts of the town centre on the day, A Boards and a pavement board promoting the event outside the venue and in busy parts of the town centre on the day of the event, paid for advertising in local papers to attract organisations & members of the public, editorial in the local paper and on community radio stations, 5,000 flyers distributed in community hubs and through residential letter boxes and in school book bags, colleges and job centres, posters in shop windows (where possible, cafe noticeboards, supermarkets, outside the venue etc), encouraging attending organisations to promote the events through their networks with our digital posters and flyers and printed versions sent through the post, encouraging stallholders to do interactive activities on the day we can promote in the run up to attract the public, booking community choirs and ukulele bands etc to draw people’s attention on the day & more…

We are working on improving our social media strategy as well as networking opportunities with key influencers to promote the events and help spread the word. We recently attended a meeting of Tonbridge & Malling Seniors to promote our Tonbridge event.

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