Friendly Faces of Kent is a dedicated, welcoming and approachable charity, supporting adults experiencing the effects of loneliness and isolation - we believe that by providing our members with friendship, inclusion, encouragement and an arena to be heard, we will be able to make a vast difference to their lives.
We supports adults through a group centred approach, offering a range of innovative and high quality Group sessions, walks and activities to promote and encourage our members to reconnect with their wider community. Delivered by professionals, support workers and volunteers, who together have their own experiences of isolation and loneliness.
Friendly Faces of Kent is not qualified to offer medical or mental health advice. We would urge anyone seeking further support and information to contact one of relevant professional organisations found on our Helpline Page.
Driving force behind Friendly Faces of Kent, Lesley began the group in 2017 when she recognised the need to reconnect and find friendship for those suffering isolation and loneliness - more crucial than ever, over the past few years. Working to support our members both physically and remotely her selfless fund raising efforts, allow us to continue to provide inclusive services and activities to all our members free of change. With her determination and unfailing dedication we anticipate gaining full charity status this year
Cheryl organises our inclusive activities and projects, actively encouraging all our members - to help improve their physical and mental wellbeing. She organises and delivers our physical and online Book Clubs. Cheryl also participates as a marker to help with community walks, and acts as admin on our Facebook Group. She produces our monthly Newsletter and keeps our website updated. Cheryl has produced over 60 'Let's Cook Together' and Craft tutorials available to view on our YouTube Channel.
Volunteer Safeguarding Officer
Barry is in charge of keeping our organisation compliant with Safeguarding Legisation and keeping records of any complaints or questions that arise. He ensures that all the necessary steps are being taken to protect the people that we work with and support. Barry volunteers to set up and helps run our busy Friendly Space settings. He is also keen to promote and raise awareness of our organisations aims and goals within the wider community.
Alisha takes time out of her busy life, working as a Practice Nurse, to run our hugely popular Pedometer Challenge, including Friendly Walks for participants, offering the wealth of her experience to help get members fitter and more active. As well as keeping our Instagram and Twitter feeds updated, Alisha acts as a Facebook admin and also posts on her weekly Wellbeing Wednesdays to help keep us all motivated, fit and healthy
Rose is a busy Practice Nurse. We're so grateful that she's chosen to work with us, and is actively involved in our Facebook Group where her Welcome Back Mondays is consistantly one of our most popular days. Members interact and get to know each other better, sharing their interests, hobbies and what's new in their lives. Rose also accompanies our members on our Friendly Walks and outings.
Mick, an RHS qualified gardener, is always on hand with lots of gardening help and advice for our green fingered members. Creating regular videos with interactive seasonal projects, and virtual garden tours for those members unable to get out and about. Mick is also a regular volunteer at our Friendly Spaces and on our walks.
Laura, who works full time for the railway, makes regular deliveries of the Sharing Library, to our members at home. She heads up our Challenge Tuesdays on the Facebook Group to help with our members physical and mental wellbeing. Laura also helps out in our office with filing and admin.
Kindly offering not only her time, but extensive knowledge and expertise on all things related to essential oils Margaret's Natural Solutions creates regular content for our Facebook page and YouTube Channel as well as interective workshops within our Friendly Spaces and also online tutorials.
Diane is a full time carer, so we appreciate the time she takes to share with us and our members. She has been shielding due to her caring roll recently, but we can't wait to have her back, with her creative flaire, delivering some fun craft workshops for our members again very soon.
After a long career as a train driver and working in the Merchant Navy, Bob now enjoys his retirement playing bowls and travelling abroad in his camper van. He has a wealth of experience working on numerous committees and also volunteers for Carers Stepping Out.
Beverley is founder of ADHD Awesome, supporting those affected, and their families. She also offers crucial office support and is always on hand with invaluable insight and advice to help our organisation as we move forward.
Lynda already has a role supporting the health and wellbeing of our members and the wider community. She believes that a holistic approach is vital in supporting healthier lifestyles. In her private life she enjoys keeping fit, family time and particularly time spent with her granddaughter. Lynda is please to be onboard with us and looks forward to her role within the organisation.