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Kent Coast Volunteering


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Advice & Support for Elderly People, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Transport Services, Volunteering Services, Community Services, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

1) We support people to find volunteering opportunities across Dover district, Folkestone & Hythe and Thanet, we share volunteering opportunities on behalf of volunteer-involving organisations (VIOs) i.e. charities, community groups and CICs operating in these areas. We often say we are like a job centre for volunteering. We also support VIOs by bringing them together for Networking and Knowledge sessions, and with bespoke best practice training and resources on the topic of volunteering. At the time of writing this listing, we also run two-in house projects to help alleviate loneliness and isolation, support health and wellbeing - and to support our local health services. 2) A Community Transport Service across Dover district, Folkestone & Hythe and Thanet, with volunteer drivers taking isolated older people who cannot use public transport to essential medical appointments - and where possible to social appointments. This is a membership service. We are always looking for new drivers across all areas. 3) A befriending service across Dover district, Folkestone & Hythe and Thanet. This is called the Good Neighbours Service and usually involves a volunteer befriender making a weekly visit to an isolated older person for tea and a chat. Please check our website to see which areas are taking external referrals and where we need volunteers.

Kent Coast Volunteering, 3 Park Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6AG

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www.kcv.org.uk/

Kent Adult Education Service


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Employability Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Education Services

Description

We deliver a range of courses to support developing skills for work, as well as re-engagement into learning and courses to support health and wellbeing for example Creative courses. Concessions make courses FREE for many learners including those on low wages and those on job seeking benefits.

Community Learning and Skills Head Office, London Road, Trading Estate Unit A/B, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 1SX

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www.kentadulteducation.co.uk

Home-Start South West Kent


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Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services, Volunteering Services, Community Services

Description

Home-Start is a local community network of trained volunteers and expert support helping families with young children through their challenging times. We are there for parents when they need us the most because childhood can’t wait. Starting in the home, our approach is as individual as the people we’re helping. No judgement, it is just compassionate, confidential help and expert support. Every Home-Start volunteer is trained to help them work alongside families to overcome the challenges they are facing. We work with them to build on their strengths and give them the support that they need.

116b London Road, Southborough, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 0PN

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www.home-start.org.uk/home-start-south-west-kent

Happy Here CIC


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Benefits advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Addiction Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Community Services, Financial Vulnerability Advice & Support, Support for young children in care and care leavers

Description

Happy Here CIC are an online and in-person creative wellbeing support community, breaking down barriers between people of all genders, sexual orientation and backgrounds. We support people to take an empowered approach to their mental wellbeing. We are a social prescription service with our outreach service called the Happy Bus giving creative wellbeing advice and a more holistic approach to mental health matters.

198 High Street, Herne Bay, Kent, Kent, CT6 5AP

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www.happyhere.me/

Fusion Maidstone


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Advice & Support for Elderly People, Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Homelessness Services, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Community Services

Description

Fusion Maidstone is a healthy living centre whose aim is to promote the health, education, recreational opportunity, self-improvement and community capacity of Park Wood and the wider Maidstone area. Our main area of charitable activity is the provision of advice, information, activities and training which is based around healthy living, bringing services and opportunity to local people. We offer access to to various NHS services including sexual health, weight loss, lifestyle, smoking cessation. We offer social inclusion groups including Golden Friends, coffee hour, knit & natter. We offer various craft groups, exercise classes, cooking classes and much more. We offer a free lunch on a Friday to those who are eligible, as well as a safe and warm space for people throughout the day. We have a friendly welcoming coffee shop and a full volunteer programme.

2-3 Cobb Way, Park Wood, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 9XF

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www.fusionhlc.org.uk/

Food Friends


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Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Community Services

Description

Food Friends is a charity working to combat loneliness and isolation in communities through food and friendship. Their meal sharing initiative connects volunteers - who are looking to share extra portions of home cooked food - with a neighbour - who would benefit from a nutritious meal delivered with company and conversation. Encouraging the community to support one another with every delicious bite!

Food Friends, PO Box 1207, WHITSTABLE, Kent, CT1 9RR

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food-friends.co.uk/

Folkestone Rainbow Centre


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Debt advice, Housing Advice & Support, Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Addiction Advice & Support, Homelessness Services, Volunteering Services, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

The Folkestone Rainbow Centre Homeless support service offers advice and advocacy as well as day centre and breakfast club. The umbrella organisation also offers Food bank and Foodstop services as well as money advice support and a charity shop.

69 Sandgate Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2AF

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www.rainbow-centre.org/

Children & Families


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Housing Advice & Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services, Volunteering Services, Education Services, Community Services

Description

Children and Families is a children’s charity located in Sheerness, Kent. We operate a number of early years, and food related services to support our goals. Services include: • Seashells Children Centre – We provide a variety of services to support children aged 0-7 and their families through fun learning activities, parental programmes, health related services (health visitor team, midwifery, stop smoking etc.). • Family Support Work and Community Projects – including The Sensory Hub, the You Make the Difference Project focusing on 4 key areas such as Community Safety, Health & Wellbeing, Early Education, Community Engagement. We also have a Family Finance Worker who supports families to manage their money and budget accordingly, as well as more recently launching our Fuel & Water Home Adviser service. • Family Food Bank – Provides a food bank service across Kent to ensure no child goes hungry and has the ability to eat healthily and thrive. • Kent Community Pantry – A membership scheme that makes food affordable to communities and empowers families and individuals to provide for themselves and their family.

Seashells, Rose Street, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1AW

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www.children-families.org/

Ashford Volunteer Centre - Community Car Scheme


Categories

Transport Services, Volunteering Services

Description

We provide a community transport scheme for adults living in the Borough of Ashford who do not have the use of a car and have difficulty using public transport to get to medical and other essential appointments.

Berwick House, 8 Elwick Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PF

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ashfordvc.org.uk/services

Ashford Volunteer Centre - Befriending Service


Categories

Volunteering Services, Community Services

Description

Our Befriending Service provides a regular visitor to help relieve social isolation and reduce loneliness by providing the company of a volunteer befriender who will either arrange a telephone call for a chat or home visit for a cup of tea, maybe play a board game or go for a walk. (Volunteers DO NOT carry out personal care, shopping, household chores or a sitting service.) Criteria: The service is for people who are 50+ and live in their own homes, who for various reasons find themselves housebound with a few or no visitors, and covers Ashford Town and rural areas of the borough north of Hamstreet. We do not offer this service to people who are suffering from Dementia.

Ashford Volunteer Centre - Berwick House, 8 Elwick Road, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PF

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ashfordvc.org.uk/services

Ashford Volunteer Centre


Categories

Advice & Support for Elderly People, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Transport Services, Volunteering Services, Community Services

Description

We provide a range of services, training opportunities and a friendly volunteer service, helping those who wish to volunteer to find opportunities, and supporting local organisations who wish to find volunteers. In addition we run projects in the district of Ashford, such as a befriending project for elderly people, volunteer transport scheme, DBS service, room hire, mens shed and hospital care navigator service.

Berwick House, 8 Elwick Road, Ashford, Kent, TN231PF

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www.ashfordvc.org.uk/

Age Concern Sandwich


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Benefits advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Homelessness Services, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Community Services, Dementia and MS Advice & Support

Description

Age Concern Sandwich is a community based independent charity providing social and well-being support to the over 50s in Sandwich and the neighbouring town and villages since 1982. Age Concern Sandwich cater to the requirements of the over 50's with a full range of amenities, hot food, activities, care and advice.

Sneller House, 19/21 Cattle Market, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9AP

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www.ageconcernsandwich.com/

Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN)


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Benefits advice, Housing Advice & Support, Employability Support, Immigration Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Education Services, Community Services, Financial Vulnerability Advice & Support, Support for young children in care and care leavers

Description

We work with young separated refugees and asylum seekers who are looked after in Kent offering Learning for Life classes, advocacy and support services including case work, mentoring, wellbeing activities, progression routes and a Youth Forum.

01227 634320

Unit 1, Wincheap Industrial Estate, 34 Simmonds Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3RA

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kran.org.uk/

Tunbridge Wells Borough Council


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Benefits advice, Housing Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Homelessness Services, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Education Services, Community Services, Dementia and MS Advice & Support

Description

We are the museum, adult education, tourist information, council services hub and library in central Tunbridge Wells. As well as dealing with council enquiries and a range of visitors who have a range of issues and needs, we also provide wellbeing services for people throughout our community.

info@theamelia.co.uk

The Amelia Scott, Mount Pleasant Road, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 1AW

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www.theamelia.co.uk

Sheppey Matters


Categories

Advice & Support for Elderly People, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services, Addiction Advice & Support, Transport Services, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Community Services, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support, Additional Needs & Learning Disabilities Support Services, Financial Vulnerability Advice & Support

Description

Sheppey Matters is a health and wellbeing charity that supports the residents of the Island. We coordinate a wide range of community activities at Sheppey Healthy Living Centre and across the Isle of Sheppey. Our projects include: Sheppey Wheels - Community Transport, Young People Matter - a youth provision for those aged 8+, Legacy - Providing befriending support to the over 60's, Inspire Me - building confidence within our community, Well-Life - bringing together cooking, gardening and physical activity, Miles and Smiles - an accessible minibus that supports residents to medical and social appointments for those that are disabled, Sheppey FM - 92.2 community radio station and the Sheppey Healthy Living Centre - providing room hire, accommodating initiatives that encompass health and wellbeing in its broadest sense. ADHD Sheppey - Providing support for parents, carers and children. Eastchurch Community Hub - a group that meets on a Wednesday to craft, chat, socialise and learn.

Sheppey Matters, Sheppey Healthy Living Centre, Off the Broadway, Sheerness, Kent, ME12 1HH

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Kent High Weald Partnership


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Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Education Services

Description

The Kent High Weald Partnership (KHWP) is a not for profit organisation and is hosted, financially and administratively, by Kent County Council. KHWP aims to connect people and nature through conservation, education, and wellbeing. Through our work we want to support the development of resilient communities and resilient ecosystems that mean people and wildlife can thrive together.

Kent High Weald Partnership, Walled Garden, Bedgebury Road, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 2SJ

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The Young Lives Foundation


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Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Support for young children in care and care leavers

Description

Our Vision: We want all young people to live in communities where they are heard, are safe and supported; with opportunities to thrive. Our Mission: We aim to support young people to thrive through highly effective and accessible programmes where: • Young people’s voices are heard and empowered • Young people are supported by consistent adults through times of challenge and change • Young people have opportunities and resources to be happy and thrive

71 College Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6SX

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Take Off


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Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Addiction Advice & Support, Domestic Abuse Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

We have facilitated peer support groups since 2014 and their success supporting individuals can be seen by the replication of groups from just Canterbury in 2014 to now the whole of East Kent. Welcoming anyone aged 16+, we support individuals with mental health problems to improve their wellbeing and help them live happier and healthier lives. No diagnosis is needed as a lot of our group conversations are based on prevention as well as managing mental health. Most of our services take the form of self-help groups, which are either “talking” or “doing” focused. Our groups run at various times of the day and at weekends to accommodate many people's lives. Check out our calendars on our website on each area page (Canterbury & Coastal, Thanet, Folkestone, Dover) for group days and times. We also have a number of online groups running on Zoom. Some examples of groups include but not limited to: Managing Depression, Peer Support Crisis Group (Sunday evening), IT Group, Creative Group and more. We are also the User Voice for Ashford, Canterbury & Coastal, Folkestone and Dover where individuals or groups can talk to us directly, stay anonymous, and give feedback about their experiences using services. "Whether you've used one organisation or a few, just sussing out support or used services / voluntary organisations for a while, let us know how it's been. Your experience will help decision makers to understand what works, what doesn’t and what could be improved. We want to hear your experiences and use them to help shape services and improve them for others". We aim to get in contact with new referrals within 2 business days.

01227788211

referrals@takeoffworks.org

Take Off, 34 Military Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1LT

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www.takeoffworks.org

Sittingbourne and Sheppey helping Ukraine


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Benefits advice, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Immigration Advice & Support, Domestic Abuse Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Community Services

Description

We support all Ukrainian refugees arriving in the Swale area. We support their families and/or Hosts. We make sure that they can safely integrate into the community, with support, signposting, and a hub for the refugees to meet, and build relationships. We have a foodbank, clothing, and work with key government departments.

447375416318

Michelle@SSHU.org.uk

39 Chilton Avenue, Remembrance Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4TE

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Sports Connect UK


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Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Education Services, Community Services, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support, Additional Needs & Learning Disabilities Support Services, Support for young children in care and care leavers

Description

At Sports Connect we are delighted to run the Holiday Activity and Food programme during every major school holidays in partnership with KCC, The Education People and Kent Children and Young People organisations. Our focus is on sport, physical activity, and health sessions and these are held at both our Aylesford Bulls site in Aylesford near Maidstone (ME20 7DS) as well as The Appleyard Sports Club based in Sittingbourne (ME1 1QN). We have a timetable that encompasses some structured activities to aid development of learning the skills associated with the different activities as well as free time to allow children to explore their imagination and play.

Banky Farm, Mierscourt Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME8 8PH

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Romney Marsh Community Hub


Categories

Benefits advice, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Armed Forces Support & Advice, Dementia and MS Advice & Support, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

At The Romney Marsh Community Hub, we wish to help the health and wellbeing over the over 50’s. We support people in trying new experiences, meeting new people and have access to a range of services to keep people engaged and active within the local and surrounding communities. Whether people want to meet friends for a coffee or bite to eat, enjoy a hobby or interest with like-minded people or navigate your way through benefits and allowances, we are here to help. If people are looking to improve their health and wellbeing, we have a range of different activities and friendly classes that they can try such as Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga, Keep Fit or even our seated exercise class. We aim to help people engage in activities both physical and non-physical with an emphasis on enjoyment and fun. We encourage those over 50 to become more active and try new things to help improve their overall wellbeing in a supportive and friendly environment. We run a number of craft classes for those that wish to learn new skills or continue practicing skills they have. Our day service provides a place where older people can meet with others of a similar age group for friendship and social interaction. We can also provide transport to and from a client’s home to help. Our information and advice services are here to help and support people. Benefit checks may reveal they are entitled to more than what they thought, we can help with the paperwork and or help submit forms online for them if they struggle with this. Our information and advice is impartial, easy to digest and is offered freely. We offer a selection on home cooked meals prepared daily in our kitchen. People are welcome to enjoy these meals here with friends, or if preferred we can deliver direct to the customers door to have at home. For people that need help at home with household tasks such as cleaning we have a Home Support service whereby we will send a fully DBS checked employee to you to help with household chores. We run a number of services including Dementia Coordinators to support people living with dementia and their careers. Anyone that has been affected by cancer is welcome to come along to one of our support groups and meet others that have had similar experiences to know they are not alone. We also host a number of clinics and support groups at the hub including footcare, diabetic eye screening, rheumatology, smoke free support and hearing clinics along with diabetes groups, ex armed forces meet ups and help with digital support. We have held a number of social events here, such as quiz nights, Race Nights and special luncheon’s

Sunflower House, Rolfe Lane, New Romney, Kent, TN28 8JR

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The Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens


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Volunteering Services, Community Services, Additional Needs & Learning Disabilities Support Services

Description

The Sunshine Project offers volunteering opportunities within our gardens, community engagement and social connectivity for adults with learning disabilities, and/or mild physical disabilities, mental health issues or social isolation. We also run adhoc art and well-being workshops and a nature photography group.

The Powell-Cotton Museum Quex House and Gardens, Quex Park, Birchington, Kent, CT7 0BH

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The Garden Gate Project Ltd


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Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Community Services, Additional Needs & Learning Disabilities Support Services

Description

A GARDEN FOR COMMUNITY WELL-BEING Nestled in a corner of Northdown Park in Margate you will find our idyllic 1.5 acre walled garden. We aim to promote inclusion and reduce prejudice by bringing people together whilst supporting adults with learning disabilities and/or mental health needs to engage in meaningful health, educational, creative, social, environmental and leisure opportunities. The Garden Gate enables people to improve their quality of life, social interaction, physical and mental health in a supportive community environment.

The Garden Gate Project Ltd, c/o 41 Warten Road, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8BJ

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SATEDA


Categories

Debt advice, Employability Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Domestic Abuse Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Education Services, Community Services, Financial Vulnerability Advice & Support

Description

Through a range of trauma-informed services, such as Outreach (1:1), Group-based programmes and a civil court service, SATEDA provide direct access to support, advocacy and advice for women and children who’ve experienced or are experiencing domestic abuse. We strive to offer a journey of support which increases choices for women – enabling them to take back control, break free and live a life without fear. We’re the only domestic abuse service in Kent working solely with women and we know domestic abuse isn’t linear so our support services aren't either. It’s tailored to the individual needs. The client is in control of the journey and we’ll hold their hand through it.

01795417251

admin@sateda.org

Swale House,, East Street,, Sittingbourne,, Kent, ME10 3HT

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sateda.org

The Perfect Place to Grow


Categories

Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Volunteering Services

Description

We invite young people NEET (18- 25) onto employability and wellbeing courses at The Perfect Place to Gorw. They are a part of the whole journey from farm to form to service. Learning seasonality, dishes with guest chefs as well how to acces sustainable work across the food industry, managing stress at work, communicating effectively and working well as a team.

99 Victoria Road, Margate, Kent, CT9 1RD

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Age UK Tunbridge Wells


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills

Description

We compete holistic assessments within the patient/client home environment. This is done through an informal conversation with the person(s) requiring support. We can support with benefit maximisation, advocacy or even support within the services offered through Age UK. We can also support clients/patients to access services within the wider sector, this could be care agencies, MDT, District Nurses, Kent fire and rescue safe and well being, our team will support with as much or as little as they would like. Age UK is open 5 days per week , however outside of these hours there will be an option to leave a message or an email facility.

01892522591

info@agewellwestkent.org.uk

Age UK Tunbridge Wells, Wood Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2QS

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www.ageuk.org.uk/tunbridgewells

Runway Training


Categories

Money management & Budgeting advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Education Services, Community Services, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

We run short courses (1-2 weeks) alongside the Kent Job centers such as customer service, Warehouse and Logistics and Teaching Assistant, these consist of face to face learning where they gain a qualification and get a guarantee job interview at the end. We also run day courses with the Multiply contract on Family budgeting, Helping children with homework and Energy cost savings. Our Neets Team run a study programme for 16-19 year old's who are not in mainstream education. Our functional skills skill run English and math's online courses for anyone wanting to improve their skills and can be funded subject to application. Lastly we run a selection of online learning available to everyone again can be funded subject to application.

Runway Training, 190 High Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1BE

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Making a Difference to Maidstone (MADM)


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Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Homelessness Services, Volunteering Services, Community Services

Description

MADM is a local, independent charity supporting the homeless, those in addiction, socially isolated, disadvantaged and in crisis in Maidstone. MADM has an Outreach Centre in Maidstone where clients who are referred to us can come to discuss their issues, get food from The King's Pantry foodbank or be signposted to other assistance. We also offer volunteering opportunities.

referrals@madm.org.uk

48 Church Street, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1DS

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www.madm.org.uk/

Kent MS Therapy Centre


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Volunteering Services, Dementia and MS Advice & Support

Description

We run a Centre that looks after and supports people living with Multiple Sclerosis and other Neurological Conditions in Kent. Offering a range of therapies including Oxygen Therapy, Physiotherapy for people with Neurological conditions, Hydrotherapy for people with Neurological conditions and a range of complimentary therapies. Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8.30am - 5pm Tuesday and Thursday 8.30am - 7.30pm Saturday 8.30am - 1pm

01227 470876

info@kentmstc.org

Kent MS Therapy Centre, Bradbury House, Merton Lane North, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7DZ

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www.kentmstc.org.uk

New Leaf Support - Domestic Abuse Service


Categories

Money management & Budgeting advice, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Domestic Abuse Advice & Support, Volunteering Services

Description

We support those affected by Domestic Abuse regardless of their gender in the Swale area.

New Leaf Support ISP, Church Street, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 3EG

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