Latest news from Kingston: Grants for small businesses, new employability online course and more.

The latest news from Kingston Council

The Discretionary Grant Fund

Cllr Rebekah Moll, Portfolio Holder for Planning Policy and Economic Development discusses the reopening of our town centres and grants for small businesses.

The Discretionary Grant Fund has been set up by the Government to help certain small and micro businesses, as well as charities that were outside the scope of the previous business grant schemes. Our borough has been allocated approximately £1.5m for this scheme and our aim is to use this to help as many businesses as possible with meaningful grants. In preparing our scheme, we have consulted with partners in Kingston Chamber of Commerce and Kingston First BID.

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Kingston Adult Education launches new mental health and employability online course

To support those that have lost their job recently, Kingston Adult Education is offering unemployed local residents access to an online course that will help them find their next role. For two mornings a week over six weeks, the course will help build employability skills, including advice on building a CV and also offers the chance to gain a qualification in mental health.

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International Youth Arts Festival: Digifest - 3 - 5 July 2020

The dynamic team at Creative Youth has created a new international offer this summer to replace the 10 day International Youth Arts Festival that had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

The best work of young and emerging artists from around the world will now be showcased in a virtual three day festival from 3-5 July, providing an opportunity to share, create and explore new ideas together.

International Youth Arts Festival: Digifest is an international creative response to the challenges faced by Covid-19. You can watch shows from international companies, take part in webinars and connect with people and artists from around the world. Programme highlights include the National Youth Orchestra of Kenya, City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, award winning Fringe favourites Bad Clowns and Rendered Retina, Cirque de Channai and panel discussions on working in the Arts.

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