East & West Kent’s £20,000 to Kent Young Carers

East Kent and West Kent Freemasons have been funding a number of joint initiatives recently.  One charitable organisation they were particularly keen to help was Imago.

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Imago is a social action charity working across Kent, Medway, East Sussex and London.  It delivers a range of services and projects, supporting independence, reducing social isolation and creating opportunities for some of the most vulnerable in our communities. In addition, they help voluntary and community sector organisations operate more effectively by offering a range of information, advice, resources, training and support. 

East and West Kent Freemasons have each donated £10,000 to Kent Young Carers, a charity under the Imago umbrella. 


picture of a young girl giving a thumbs up, holding a soft toy, picture has the Kent Young Carers heart shaped logo

Kent Young Carers is a county-wide service for young carers aged five to eighteen – children who are caring for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health problems or a substance misuse issue. See their website at: https://www.imago.community/Children-and-Young-People/Kent-Young-Carers

As well as providing one-to-one support and liaising with schools and the community generally, KYC organises days out for the children.  On the 27th and 28th October, young carers took part in an adventure day at Bowles Rocks, near Tunbridge Wells.  Activities included Archery, Orienteering, Bouldering, Ropes courses and Zipwire.  West Kent’s Provincial Grand Master Mark Estaugh went along on a very wet 27th, but East Kent’s PGM Neil Johnstone had somewhat better luck when he attended on the 28th.

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photo of two young girls with their arms rounds each other giving the thumbs up
Neil Johnstone with some of the young carers
Fiona Cottingham

Fiona Cottingham

Imago’s Project Development Manager

“On behalf of Jon, Angela, Kelli and the wider Imago team at Bowles this week I would like to express our thanks and delight that you were able to join us and see first-hand the difference your kindness in funding places at this year’s Imago Young Carers Festival for young carers from your Province.

“The weather may not have been as hoped, but that certainly didn’t dampen the spirits of the Young Carers whose parents have already been sending in their thanks and thoughts:

“Just wanted to say a big thank you from H & S and of course myself. We really appreciate all of you and your colleagues hard work that went into making today possible”

“Thanks Jo, T had an amazing time, especially loved the rock-climbing J”

“Thank you so much to you and all your team for having T today. He hasn’t stopped talking about it and is very proud he climbed the rocks! A dirty, tired and happy boy is going to bed tonight and it’s been so lovely to see him like that! Thank you!! J”

Get in Touch with Imago

Imago Community
John Spare House, 17-19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent,

Telephone: 01892 530330