Community Services Consultation

We are proposing changes to the way we use our buildings to deliver some of our community services. We invite your feedback on our proposals as part of this consultation.

Why are we proposing changes?

The Council has experienced big increases in costs and has less money to spend. So, we need to look ahead and do things differently to make sure we can still help residents in the years to come.

Whilst ensuring we provide effective support for residents who need our services, we need to:

  • tackle the rising costs of maintaining our many buildings
  • find savings, so we can balance the budget
  • reduce our carbon footprint to meet our Net-Zero ambitions.

What services are included in the proposals?

The services are: Children’s Centres and Youth Hubs, Public Health Services for Children and Families, Community Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Community Learning and Skills (Adult Education), and Gateways.

What are we proposing?

  • Having fewer permanent buildings, meaning that some of our buildings would close - we want to keep buildings in areas where they are needed the most
  • Co-locating more of our services, meaning more than one service would be available from some of the buildings you might visit
  • Continuing to deliver some services by outreach, which means they do not take place in a dedicated or permanent space, but move around to when and where they are needed
  • Ensuring residents can continue to access services and information online.

Our proposals have been designed by considering where there is greatest need for our services.

How to get involved

Full details of the proposals are in the consultation document and design handbooks. You can also watch our short video to find out more.

Complete the consultation questionnaire to give us your views.

Come along to one of our drop-in events across Kent to find out more and ask your questions.

We are proposing changes to the way we use our buildings to deliver some of our community services. We invite your feedback on our proposals as part of this consultation.

Why are we proposing changes?

The Council has experienced big increases in costs and has less money to spend. So, we need to look ahead and do things differently to make sure we can still help residents in the years to come.

Whilst ensuring we provide effective support for residents who need our services, we need to:

  • tackle the rising costs of maintaining our many buildings
  • find savings, so we can balance the budget
  • reduce our carbon footprint to meet our Net-Zero ambitions.

What services are included in the proposals?

The services are: Children’s Centres and Youth Hubs, Public Health Services for Children and Families, Community Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities, Community Learning and Skills (Adult Education), and Gateways.

What are we proposing?

  • Having fewer permanent buildings, meaning that some of our buildings would close - we want to keep buildings in areas where they are needed the most
  • Co-locating more of our services, meaning more than one service would be available from some of the buildings you might visit
  • Continuing to deliver some services by outreach, which means they do not take place in a dedicated or permanent space, but move around to when and where they are needed
  • Ensuring residents can continue to access services and information online.

Our proposals have been designed by considering where there is greatest need for our services.

How to get involved

Full details of the proposals are in the consultation document and design handbooks. You can also watch our short video to find out more.

Complete the consultation questionnaire to give us your views.

Come along to one of our drop-in events across Kent to find out more and ask your questions.