• 13 November 2017 1:00 PM | Laura Dyer (Administrator)


    Supported by the High Sheriff of Kent, Chairman of Kent County Council and Mayor of Medway




    Aim of the Scheme: To acknowledge and give recognition to those that have made a significant contribution to their local community.


    Implementation: This Awards Scheme was launched on 9 October 2018, with a deadline of 26 January 2018 so that the presentation of the fifth-year awards can take place at Parish and Town Council Annual Meetings (March and May 2018). The Awards Scheme is voluntary to recognise that some Parish and Town Councils already have well-established Community Awards Schemes in place and others may decide not to have an Awards Scheme in their area. In those instances where the Parish or Town Council already has an established Award Scheme in place, the KALC Scheme could be presented as an additional award.

    It is recognised that some principal authorities have their own Awards Scheme for their area. The KALC Awards Scheme will operate on a more local level and should therefore avoid duplication or overlap with the principal authority.


    2018 KALC COMMUNITY AWARDS SCHEME - Outline.pdf 


  • 13 November 2017 9:32 AM | Laura Dyer (Administrator)


    At the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) Annual Conference on 30 October, the Kent Association of Local Councils (KALC) won the NALC Star Councils Awards 2017 – County Association Outstanding Project of the Year Award (see


    KALC’s successful health & well-being and community resilience project, which has been running for nearly 3 years, has been aimed at promoting and enhancing the recovery of local residents and visitors from cardiac arrests. KALC has been bulk-buying public access defibrillators, on behalf of its member councils, from First Rescue Training & Supplies that are easy to use by members of the public. As part of the project, KALC has been working closely with Kent Fire & Rescue Service (KFRS) and the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb).

    To date, KALC has purchased 112 public access defibrillators, and accessories, for Parish and Town Councils across Kent and Medway. This includes 21 defibrillators that were purchased using a £35,000 grant from Kent Fire & Rescue Service. The Councils register their defibrillator with SECAmb, so that SECAmb can highlight the whereabouts of the defibrillator to the member of the public making the emergency call.

    Three lives have already been saved thanks to the equipment being available for those cardiac arrests and where a member of the public was able to successfully use the defibrillator.


    John Rivers, KALC President said “We are delighted that our public access defibrillator project, which has already helped save lives, has been recognised at a national level. We would like to thank all our member councils that have taken part in this project so far. We would also like to thank the Kent Fire & Rescue Service and the South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust for all their help and support. There is now a growing national movement to get more defibrillators in public areas and we would encourage all councils and communities to consider installing a public access defibrillator in their community if they do not already have one.” 


    Ian Thomson, Assistant Director of Community Safety at Kent Fire & Rescue Service (KFRS) said “We are delighted that KALC has been recognised in receiving this national award for their excellent work in promoting community safety and the well-being of their communities. KFRS has been working closely with them for many years and was pleased to give KALC a grant to further extend their lifesaving public defibrillator scheme.

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