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People are being invited to enter our first Short Story competition. The competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 and who has not had their story published. We are asking for writers to submit a maximum of 500 words with a story theme of 'headway'. This theme can be interpreted in a broad and imaginative fashion.  Stories do not need to be about our charity and its services.

The winner will have their story published in The Courier as well as receiving £50 of Waterstones vouchers and the runner up will receive £15 of book vouchers donated by Mr Books Bookshop of Tonbridge.

The closing date for entries is 18th September 2015

The four strong judging panel will decide on the winning entry. The panel consists of:

Bridget Collins: Bridget Collins is a graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Her first novel, The Traitor Game, won the Branford Boase Award in 2009 and her most recent, Love in Revolution, was shortlisted for the Stonewall Award.  Her other published books include A Trick of the Dark, Tyme's End, and Gamerunner. 

Graham Cawley: Graham Cawley has written three self-published novels: Chain of Events, Fatal Retribution and Avarice. All three books depict little-known-about banking crimes and feature the banker, David Goodhart

Michael Venner: Michael is the Manager of Waterstones, Tunbridge Wells and has been a bookseller for 16 years.  As the son of a librarian, he has been surrounded by books his entire life.  His taste in reading ranges from medieval history to travel to hard-boiled crime thrillers to literary fiction. Above all, he loves a good story.

Gill Leandro: Gill is a retired teacher who has been volunteering at Headway in West Kent since 2002 and is one of our Trustees. Gill tutors adult numeracy with individuals, alongside general volunteering.

The cost to enter is £3 per story or £10 for 4 stories.  Individuals may enter the competition more than once.

For details on how to enter please click HERE

Competition Terms and Conditions can be found HERE


Our fundraising group meets once a month to discuss plans and ideas for events. We are looking for new members to join. Please get in touch if you are interested or for more information. We would also like to hear from you if you have time to support some of our fundraising events.

Images from our 2014 Golf Day fundraiser can be found here.

NEW SERVICES: Drop In's open in Maidstone and Edenbridge and Buddy Scheme Launched

We now run two new drop in services in Maidstone and Edenbridge. For more information please go to the Drop In page or by emailing

Details of our Buddy Scheme can be found on the Buddy Scheme page or by emailing

This project has been funded by The Big Lottery.


Use the Internet to shop? If so, use With an easy one off registration your purchases to many shops will be raising funds for HWK. Download the find and remind tool bar, which pops up each time you log on to a shop that supports charity giving through easyfundraising. 

Use easysearch as your search engine and they'll donate to HWK for every search you make.You can raise around £25 a year simply by using easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine.                                                                                                                                                                                                         


Headway West Kent Poetry Book LaunchIn 2011 volunteer Astrid ran a set of creative writing sessions, enabling members to explore poetry as a means of self expression.  The sessions were a huge success, the first seven culminating in a presentation at Trinity Theatre and Arts Centre in Tunbridge Wells.  Following this, volunteer Kathy suggested publishing the poems in a book to take them to a wider audience, and took on the role of editor.

The poetry enabled members to express pent-up emotions as well as their creative ideas: in the book there are soaring highs, angry rumblings and dark lows, a love of nature and a sense of wonder.

Poetry in Mind consists of eleven chapters, each dealing with a different subject or type of poem and can be purchased from our online shop.





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Headway in West Kent is a registered charity No.1062884

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