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Community Fair calls for Gravesham charities and groups to take a free stall

PUBLISHED: 07:00 06 March 2018

Last year's event in Gravesend. Picture: Stronger Kent Communities

Last year's event in Gravesend. Picture: Stronger Kent Communities

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The Stronger Kent Community, which is made up of volunteer centres and other charities across Kent, will be returning to Gravesend for their annual fair at the end of the month, showcasing dozens of leisure and voluntary opportunities.

Last year's event in Gravesend. Picture: Stronger Kent CommunitiesLast year's event in Gravesend. Picture: Stronger Kent Communities

Included will be information on getting involved in various causes, from supporting victims of crime to joining the University of the Third Age (U3A), a movement of retired and semi-retired people who come together to continue their education, social and creative interests in a friendly and informal environment.

Event organiser Emma Cooney said: “These events are for people to get information and advice, but also get to see a variety of local groups they can get involved with if they fancy.

“There are proven health benefits to connecting with people and being part of something bigger than yourself.

“There’s lots of talk about loneliness, health and wellbeing, with more people living alone, and technology often making it easy for us to stay indoors, isolated and inactive.”

The Campaign Against Loneliness says loneliness is worse for health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and Kent MP Tracey Crouch was made the first ever Loneliness Minister in January.

Organisers are aiming to put together more than 30 exhibition stalls for residents to browse, including information ranging from health to gardening, as well as activities to try.

The event will provide the opportunity for organisations to share information and advice with visitors, but also to encourage people to find a new hobby, try something new or to volunteer.

Hobby groups, charities and community groups attending the events so far include – Beanstalk, Victim Support Kent U3A Meopham, Kent Libraries, Registration and Archives, Making Miracles, RAYNET, Gravesham Borough Council, NHS CCG, Home-Start North West Kent, Kent Community Foundation, The Association of North Kent Neighbourhood Watches, Shepway Lifeline, SSAFA The Armed Forces Charity, Macmillan Crossroads Care Kent and Medway Volunteer Service.

The Stronger Kent Community Fair will take place in the Old Town Hall, Gravesend on Thursday, March 22.

Entry will be free, and stallholders can book their free stalls at http://skcgravesham.eventbrite.com/.

There is no requirement for visitors to book in advance.

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