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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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Medway Council - Benefits and Financial Welfare


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Food Advice & Support

Description

We assess Housing Benefit and Council tax Reduction, we offer Housing Related Support, Welfare and Debt Advice, Discretionary grants.

Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent, ME4 4RT

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Age UK Kent Rivers


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Community Services, Dementia and MS Advice & Support

Description

We support Faversham, Sittingbourne and surrounding areas in a number of ways. We offer Dementia Specialist Support Services from pre diagnosis support and cognitive stimulation through to 1-1 bespoke support and specialist dementia daycare. We offer wellbeing activities which focus on mental and physical wellbeing, this includes activities such as armchair exercises, walking sports, swimming, arts & crafts and lots more. We also offer 1-1 companionship and wellbeing day centres. We offer information and advice sessions, supporting our community to ensure they are accessing the right support, benefits, pension credits, attendance allowance, blue badge applications and much more. We offer befriending services to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation We offer Independent Living Support which includes a two-course hot meal delivery 365 days a year, gardening and handyperson services, domestic, shopping & prescription collection.

01795 532766

Andy.Williams@ageukfs.org.uk

The Old Fire Station, Crescent Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 7GU

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www.ageuk.org.uk/favershamandsittingbourne/

Snodland Food Assist


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Food Advice & Support

Description

Snodland Food Assist provide food assistance to local residents needing help. We offer fresh and frozen food items as well as tins and packets. We also cover toiletries, baby items and cleaning products, along with pet foods where needed.

07862 461014

Snodlandfoodassist@gmail.com

Snodland Food Assist, Rectory Close, Snodland, Kent, ME6 5NT

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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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The Perfect Place to Grow


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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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Thanet District Council - Community Team


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Debt advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Food Advice & Support, Domestic Abuse Advice & Support, Homelessness Services, Armed Forces Support & Advice, Community Services

Description

Thanet District Council is responsible for distribution of the Household Support Fund to vulnerable households and families with children in Thanet, who are not receiving other types of financial help. Thanet District Council also provides support to Thanet residents with respect to benefit support and maximisation, support to avoid food and fuel poverty, home energy efficiency and conservation, general well-being and community safety.

Council Offices, Cecil Street, Margate, Kent, CT9 1XZ

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Citizens Advice Thanet


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Debt advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Food Advice & Support, Immigration Advice & Support

Description

Citizens Advice Thanet helps people tackle their problems head-on with advice, information and practical support in a free, confidential, impartial and non judgmental way. As well as working with clients to sort out their individual problems. Channels of advice include: email, phone, face to face pre booked appointments. Together challenging discrimination and unfairness.

0808 278 7998

enquiries@thanetcitizensadvice.org.uk

Citizens Advice Thanet, 2nd Floor, Mill Lane House, Mill Lane, Margate, CT9 1LB

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thanetcitizensadvice.org/

Perinatal Money and Mental Health Project - Citizens Advice NWK


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Debt advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Housing Advice & Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Homelessness Services

Description

We provide free, confidential and impartial money advice and support to help new parents or soon-to-be parents that are struggling with their money and mental health. Clients will receive a dedicated specialist adviser who can support them to deal with any debts, manage their money better, maximise their income and improve their mental health and wellbeing. People can refer themselves to the project, or we can receive referrals from other agencies including community services, midwives, health visitors and children's services.

8th Floor, Royal Victoria Place, Calverley Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2SS

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The Riverside Centre


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services, Community Services

Description

The Riverside Dover is an independent local charity which is a community hub for the residents of Dover. At The Riverside Centre we aim to provide vital support and life-enhancing services to the residents of Dover and surrounding rural villages, open for all ages. The centre is available to everyone however we do provide an extensive range of personalised services for older people and the wider community.

01304 207268

centremanager@riversidedover.org.uk

The Riverside Centre, Maison Dieu Gardens, Dover, Kent, CT16 1RL

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riversidedover.org.uk/

Runway Training


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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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Gravesham Borough Council (Customer Services)


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Benefits advice, Housing Advice & Support, Food Advice & Support, Homelessness Services

Description

Local authority assisting residents to access advice on council tax, benefits, Food Bank e-vouchers, homelessness.

01474 337725

jackie.denton@gravesham.gov.uk

Windmill Street, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, Kent, DA12 1AU

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www.gravesham.gov.uk/

United Families UK


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Housing Advice & Support, Food Advice & Support, Family Services, Addiction Advice & Support

Description

United Families UK is a One Stop Family Support Charity that offers a wide range of services, from family breakdowns to Family contact services, Addiction Support, Food Pantry, School Uniforms and much more.

01304 799997

17-23 Queen Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6ET

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www.unitedfamiliesuk.org.uk/

All Saints Church Canterbury - Community Larder


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Benefits advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Food Advice & Support

Description

We operate as one of the nationally registered Warm Welcome Spaces. We open every Friday for breakfast between 9.00 and 10.00 before moving to the distribution of free fresh, tinned and packaged food and miscellaneous small household and toiletry items. We are assisted by Connecting Canterbury (a local charity providing small grants for energy and white goods) and CAB. Other agencies offer to join us as and when they can eg The Dog Trust, Social Prescribers, NHS Teams displaying information about specific health conditions.

Military Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2PA

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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.

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

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Connect Well East Kent


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Benefits advice, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Community Services

Description

Social Enterprise Kent is working with voluntary and community sector organisations across the East Kent area to provide access to services via this social prescribing platform that enables trained professionals to refer individuals to non-medical support to maximise social, emotional and practical wellbeing. The service is available to all East Kent residents aged over 55 years, regardless of whether or not they are receiving any other services from Adult Social Care. It is also available to those under the age of 55 years, who meet the eligibility criteria and have complex needs.

0300 302 0178

connectwell@sekgroup.org.uk

The Marigold Centre,, 65 Shaftesbury Avenue,, Cheriton, CT19 4NS

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The Community Cupboard


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Food Advice & Support, Community Services

Description

A community led food bank supporting local residents with grocery support and offering signposting services. Local businesses, tradesmen and residents all pulled together to offer their help and the hub was transformed from a disused garage to a welcoming space where people could access food, groceries and signposting services over a cup of tea. More businesses, local schools & doctors surgeries became involved and we quickly joined forces with other local agencies and support services. By working together, we have ensured that those in need receive the correct support to address ongoing issues. We cover NW Kent mainly but will also cover further afield if an agency collects on their behalf. Generally, our working area cover 10-15 miles from West Kingsdown in Kent. Our ethos has always been that everyone needs a little help sometimes and we aim to ensure that the support we provide allows people to retain their dignity whilst doing so.

07526 823122

communitycupboard19@gmail.com

11 Lambardes, New Ash Green, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8HX

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www.thecommunitycupboard.co.uk/

Social Enterprise Kent


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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, Community Services

Description

Improving Lives, Supporting Communities. SEK has a range of projects that support high-level, systemic change such as improving mental health access as well as health and financial inequalities in the community, large loneliness and isolation projects. At an individual level, SEK is working 1:1 with people through employability projects, social prescribing, advice on benefits and helping improve health and wellbeing.

01227 469970

info@sekgroup.org.uk

The Marigold Centre, 65 Shaftesbury Avenue, Cheriton, CT19 4NS

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sekgroup.org.uk/

Maya's Community Support Centre


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

Description

Mayas has grown exponentially since last year. It all started with Maya’s Community Café last August. The café is often bursting at the seams. It’s where locals meet to share a coffee, to share problems and to support each other. Some just come to keep warm. Those who are lonely or isolated sometimes spend hours in the café. Hugs are free and plentiful. Rough sleepers come to charge phones, get a free meal and hope someone will wash their sleeping bag. Maya’s café is a safe space where people feel they belong. Maya’s Foodbank also operates here. We currently provide food for over 200 people a week. Customers are often signposted to other services or offered direct help where appropriate. The Ukrainian Hub also meets at the café. Help with job search, benefit queries and accommodation is offered to Ukrainian guests. We also run Maya’s FREE Shop which stocks recycled clothes, shoes, toys, bedding and household items. Provided customers don’t resell and only take what they need, they are welcome to take items completely free of charge. 50 people per hour visit the FREE shop during busy periods.

21 Herne Bay High street, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 5LJ

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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/

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.

01622 691177

suemaidens@fusionhlc.org.uk

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

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www.fusionhlc.org.uk/

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

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 – one of the first children’s centres set up across the county as part of the original Sure Start Programme. 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 – Through funding from the National Lottery, Children In Need, Kent Community Foundation and others we have been able to set up and deliver various community based 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 which aims to raise awareness in reducing household carbon emissions by becoming more fuel water efficient. • FareShare Kent – Redistributes good quality surplus food from the food industry to other local charities and community groups across Kent and Medway. • 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. Our work broadly focuses on ensuring that children can be healthy, stay safe, enjoy & achieve, make a positive contribution and achieve economic wellbeing. We aim to ensure that we provide high quality services that are value for money and deliver positive outcomes. Our vision is 'Working together to give children and families the best opportunities in life'.

01795 889233

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

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www.children-families.org/

Age UK Hythe, Lyminge & Ashford


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Community Services, Dementia and MS Advice & Support

Description

We are a local, independent charity in Folkestone & Hythe and Ashford Districts. We provide friendly, flexible services for older people who want to live independently at home. We provide wellbeing activities for over 55's, Independent Living Services, Meal Deliveries, Day Centre Activities, Dementia Services and Information & Advice.

01303 269602

Age UK Hythe & Lyminge Sanford House, Stade Street, Hythe, Kent, CT21 6BD

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www.ageuk.org.uk/hytheandlyminge/

Connecting Canterbury


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Money management & Budgeting advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Food Advice & Support

Description

We support those struggling to pay for their gas and electric on a meter by giving small grants towards this cost. We also help by giving grants to help tenants buy furniture and white goods for their properties. We also signpost clients to other relevant support. We work closely with the CAB helping with benefits. We also Distribute Food Parcels on a Thursday and Friday We are also linked with Kent Savers referring clients to their services

07999900659

Connecting Canterbury Diocesan House, Lady Woottons Green, Canterbury, CT1 1NQ

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Kent Support and Assistance Service (KSAS)


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Fuel Advice & Support, Food Advice & Support

Description

KSAS is Kent County Councils local welfare provision service, providing one-off support to Kent residents who are experiencing a crisis. Support is currently offered via supermarket food vouchers and Paypoint vouchers for pre-paid energy meters.

ksas@kent.gov.uk

KSAS Kent County Council, Invicta House, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX

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www.kent.gov.uk/ksas

SEKitchen & Helping Hands Project - Social Enterprise Kent


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Money management & Budgeting advice, Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Digital Inclusion & Skills

Description

We provide - Low-cost groceries in our community shop (SEKitchen) Also - 1:1 or short workshop support re: financial issues, employability, digital inclusion and wellbeing. (KCC funded Helping Hands Project) Opening times: - Shop: 9am-4pm Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri Wed 10:30am-4pm - Helping Hands support: 9am-3pm (some employability support available until 5pm Wed-Fri)

01843 210005

CT11 8RA

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Ashford Borough Council Welfare Intervention


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Debt advice, Housing Advice & Support, Food Advice & Support, Homelessness Services

Description

• Council Tax advice, including Council Tax debt advice • Claiming Council Tax reduction or housing benefit • Claiming Discretionary Housing Payments or Council Tax Exceptional Circumstances Payments • General housing advice, including advice regarding rent arrears • Referrals for homelessness advice • General advice around claiming other benefits and support, such as Universal Credit, Foodbank vouchers, and other Department for Work and Pension benefits

Welfareinterventionteam@ashford.gov.uk

Ashford Borough Council, Civic Centre, Tannery Lane, Ashford, Kent, TN23 1PL

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www.ashford.gov.uk

Citizens Advice Canterbury


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Debt advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Food Advice & Support, Family Services

Description

We are an independent charity and part of the Citizens Advice network across England and Wales. We provide free, confidential and impartial advice and campaign on big issues affecting peoples lives. Our goal is to help everyone find a way forward, whatever problem they face. We offer advice primarily through phone, webchat and email channels, in person appointments are available for issues that cannot be resolved remotely, eg form filling. Freephone Adviceline is 0808 278 7846 Monday to Friday 10am-4pm. To book a call back telephone appointment, or face to face appointment for people who are unable to access us through telephone / webchat / email - call our appointment booking line 01227 452762 or 01227 740647 Monday to Friday 10 am to 1 pm.

01227 452762 / 01227 740647

3 Westgate Hall Rd, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2BT

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www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/canterbury-district/

Citizens Advice Dover Deal


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Debt advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services, Immigration Advice & Support

Description

Citizens Advice is an independent network that helps people resolve their money, legal, family, consumer and other problems. We provide information and advice and influences government and organizations to bring about change in policies and laws. Our advice is provided free, it is independent, confidential, impartial and available to everyone. All of our advisers are volunteers and are fully trained to a very high standard, working at over 3,200 service outlets throughout the country. Our staff work with you to help sort out your debt worries and can help you to claim benefits you may be entitled to. We can help you with housing and employment problems and deal with questions relating to consumer or tax problems. We can advise on legal matters, answer questions on immigration or family matters. We can refer you to one of our specialists if you have more complex problems. Dover and Deal Citizens Advice is a one stop shop for your problems.

chiefofficer@doverdealcitizensadvice.org.uk

Maison Dieu Gardens Dover 1st floor 3 Park street Deal, Maison Dieu Road, Dover, Kent, CT16 1TG

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www.doverdealadvice.co.uk/

Sevenoaks Larder


Categories

Food Advice & Support

Description

Sevenoaks Larder is based at Hope Church (Mill Lane, Sevenoaks TN14 5BX) and we help residents of Sevenoaks, Chevening, Chipstead, Dunton Green, Kemsing, Otford, Riverhead, Seal, and Weald. We provide clients with a weekly bag of 'dry goods' chosen by them, as well as a selection of fresh protein, fruit & vegetables, bakery and other items donated or bought from supermarkets. We accept referrals from agencies or self-referrals for an initial period of up to 6 months after which time we require a third party referral. We will accept any household in need of help to buy food which is in receipt of a means-tested state benefit or has a very low income equivalent to what they would receive if they were entitled to state benefits.

Sevenoakslarder@gmail.com

Hope Church, Mill Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 5BX

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www.sevenoakslarder.co.uk/

Salvation Army - Deal


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Food Advice & Support

Description

Deal Salvation Army is a Christian Church and Charity that supports the residents of Deal and the surrounding area. We are able to assist with food parcels, emergency clothing and provide a variety of programmes to support individuals who are on a low income and/or isolated - this includes a reduced rate coffee morning once a week and a community meal once a week.

07469659218

56 West Street, Deal, Kent, CT14 6AZ

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Citizens Advice in North and West Kent


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Benefits advice, Money management & Budgeting advice, Debt advice, Fuel Advice & Support, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Employability Support, Food Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services

Description

Citizens Advice in North and West Kent (CANWK) is an independent charity affiliated to national Citizens Advice. We give people the knowledge and confidence they need to find their way forward - whoever they are and whatever their problem. We provide free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to people with a wide variety of issues, including debt and money matters, benefits, employment, housing and immigration. CANWK supports a population of over 600,000 people across Dartford, Gravesham, Sevenoaks, Swanley, Tonbridge and Malling and Tunbridge Wells. The quickest and easiest way for local people to contact us themselves is to call our free Adviceline on 0808 278 7810. Adviceline is available Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm. Along with our generalist advice, we have specialist advice teams for immigration, housing, benefits, debt and employment issues, along with teams providing holistic advice for people with mental health issues (Money & Mental Health and Perinatal Health Project). Please mention in your referral if you are referring to a particular project

advice@nwkent.cab.org.uk

Tonbridge Castle, Castle Street, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1BG

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www.citizensadvice.org.uk/local/north-west-kent/