Dave’s impact on Educational Life…

Since starting with Educational Life last September, my role has taken me all over East Kent and I have met some truly wonderful people who work in our community. Here is a recap of some of the fantastic groups and organisations I have had the pleasure to meet and work with …


Oh So Retro – This was the first community event I covered and it was a big one. Thousands of people of all ages had a great day at Palm Bay as the sun shone down on hundreds of vintage cars and bikes.

Newington Big Local – I met with Cara to discuss our proposed Young Reporters Scheme and we discussed working together to share the good things this group are doing within their community. I have since attended events that NBL have organised.

Hornet’s Boxing Club – I met with Maxine to discuss how we could work together to share what happens at the club. We now regularly share their posts on Social Media and I hope to visit the club again soon.

Diabetes UK – I spent the morning with Sarah Gregory, a Diabetes Nurse for the NHS, at QEQM for her awareness morning. It was great to see her fellow professionals dropping in throughout the morning and engaging with her session.

Thanet Wanderers RUFC – John and I attended the Sponsors’ Lunch at the clubhouse and had the opportunity to meet with several of the club’s officers. We now publish all of their match reports and continue to enjoy a great working relationship.


Your Leisure – We have a fantastic ongoing relationship with Your Leisure and are in regular contact with Dean Martin. This relationship promises to go from strength to strength this year, with a number of projects in the pipeline.

Motiv8 – I have worked with Claire, from Motiv8, before and know what a great community organisation it is. I was really pleased when she popped in for a chat about how we could potentially work together in the future.

Little People UK / DSAUK – This was definitely one of the highlights of my year … meeting Warwick Davis and his lovely wife, Sammy at a charity event. We have since become active followers of their twitter pages and (I still can’t believe it) Warwick follows us, too.

NHS – John and I met with Gemma Shillito, the NHS’ Head of Communications in East Kent to discuss how we could work together to report good news and pass on health information and updates.

KYCC – I met with the members of the Kent Youth County Council in Maidstone to discuss Young Reporters. I am looking forward to seeing this working relationship develop as we expand across Kent

Aspinall Foundation – On a rare ‘Road Trip’ Claire, John and I visited Port Lympne Animal Park to meet with their marketing team. We were even treated to a Safari experience.


Sheep Ahoy – This fantastic Sheep Sanctuary, just outside of Canterbury, was an opportunity to get ‘back to nature’ for myself and John as we met with Julia to discuss her plans for the future and the challenges she faces as she tries to expand the sanctuary.

Margate FC – I have visited the club a number of times now, reporting on charity matches and a high profile Ladies’ match against West Ham. I am hoping to meet with club representatives soon to see if we can work more closely.

Vattenfall – Ongoing projects have led to us and Melanie from Vattenfall working closely together and we look forward to what the future may bring this partnership.

Margate Town Team – I visited Aaron in the pop-up shop in Margate High Street to discuss their plans for the future and establish a link with the magazine. I will be visiting again soon, to see how they are progressing.

MY Trust – I contacted Catriona to discuss our potential expansion into the Medway area and the Young Reporters. As we grow, this relationship should really benefit all of us.

Youth Central – Alison and I met and discussed, at length, how we could benefit each other by working closely to share good news.

TRYAngle – It was our absolute pleasure to be invited to the annual TRYAngle awards in Ashford. It was great seeing so many brave and positive young people being rewarded. We hope to be involved throughout this year’s process.

Impact Dance Academy – I was invited to their final rehearsal in Canterbury before they headed off to the National Championships in Blackpool. Needless to say, the young dancers were incredibly successful, bringing home a haul of medals.

SMS Football – This club has been fantastic, inviting me along to a number of sessions and a Charity Football Tournament.

Canterbury City Council – I met with Natalia Sukhram to discuss the magazine and Young Reporters. Natalia has provided us with some great contacts and we are all looking forward to working with the Council this year to promote their positive news stories.

ROC Thanet – This is going to be a huge project for lots of community groups in Thanet as ROC attempts to bring lots of community groups together to allow us to work more cohesively. We plan on becoming an integral part of the group, providing an outlet for all of the positive news from around the community. We have certainly made some fantastic contacts since being involved.

Young Entrepreneurs’ Market – Although the weather scuppered my plans to meet with this group in Herne Bay, I am hoping to visit soon to see what their plans are for 2018

CAP – Another long-term partnership, the EduLife team met with Neil from Trading Standards and Gillian from The Community Alcohol Partnership to discuss working together. This has already led to a number of other opportunities for us and we are really looking forward to developing the relationship.

Broadstairs Town Shed – This fantastic group are neighbours of ours in St Peter’s and it was great to be shown around their workshops.  I will be visiting again soon to see how they are progressing.

The Mix – This is another fantastic organisation that we are hoping will be supportive of our Young Reporters – the conversation I had with Maddie was certainly very promising.

The Gym Group – I have known Matt, the manager of Thanet’s newest gym facility for a while and was happy to be invited down for their opening. We are hoping to work with Matt and his team more in the future.

Pay It Forward – Definitely one for the future once the Young Reporters are firmly established ….. I can’t wait.

Margate Task Force – This working relationship is very much in it’s infancy, but it’s one we are all really keen to develop throughout 2018. The multi-agency group do so much for our local communities and we are looking forward to being able to share their positive news.

As you can see, it’s certainly been a busy first few months for me at Educational Life and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I would like to thank everyone involved in these organisations for being so receptive and enthusiastic when we have met or spoken, and we are all looking forward to seeing what the future may bring.

If you are involved in a community club or organisation and would like Educational Life to contact you to discuss ways of working together, please drop me a message at dave@educational-life.org ….. as Del Boy would say, “You know it makes sense”.