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Food Friends


Categories

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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Lighthouse on The Marsh


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Education Services, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support, Additional Needs & Learning Disabilities Support Services

Description

We deliver 3 streams of support: 1. Specialist College for young people aged 16 - 18 (19 - 25 with an EHCP) who face social, emotional and mental health challenges and cannot access mainstream education. 2. 'Re-Set' - Free Adult community mental health programmes for anyone 18+ who is not accessing higher tier mental health services/ feels stuck/ has chronic health condition(s)/ not coping - a combination of psychoeducation, therapeutic activities and safe social engagement 3. SEND Services - Free support, information and advocacy services for parents/ carers who are facing SEND related challenges and require help to complete forms, manage relationships with schools or other professional services, want to understand more about SEND conditions, need help to navigate bureaucracy around SEND

01797 367 455

amanda@lighthouseonthemarsh.org

Unit 3, 4 & 12 Mountfield Road, New Romney, Kent, TN28 8LH

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Listening Ear - Amparo


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Community Services

Description

Amparo provides practical and emotional support to anyone who has been bereaved, or affected, by suicide.

St Nicholas Centre, 70 Church Road, Halewood, Liverpool, Merseyside, L26 6LB

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Inclusive Sport


Categories

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

Description

We provide inclusive physical activity ,sport and fitness sessions for children, young people, adults and those in later life.

Unit 122 Joseph Wilson Industrial Estate, Millstrood Road, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 3SN

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Age UK Kent Rivers


Categories

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/

The Garden Gate Project Ltd


Categories

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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Treat Me Right CIC


Categories

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

Description

Treat Me Right CIC, is a community interest company, providing training, support, coaching and mentoring to facilitate the empowerment of all who identify as a women, and non-binary individuals, increase their safety, wellness and economic wellbeing . We work with individuals, business, local governments and the voluntary sector to co-create solutions that empower women to create the lives they want and deserve.

17a Electric Lane, London, London, SW9 8LA

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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

Cast A Thought


Categories

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

Description

We support children, young people and adult's mental health and wellbeing along with those who have long term health conditions or are at risk of social isolation through fishing sessions. These sessions help build confidence, resilience, communication, decision making and problem solving skills. Our fish and chat session for adults runs from 10-2 with the final hour being spent sitting and chatting over tea and cake to make new friendships.

07359307989

helen@castathought.co.uk

Gloucester, Orchard Drive,, Weavering, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5JG

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www.castathought.co.uk

Head In The Game


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Community Services, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

Head In The Game is a UK registered charity that offers the invaluable opportunity for people in Kent communities to unite and indulge in the sport they love. These weekly sessions, provided free of charge, cater to anyone between the ages of 18-65, regardless of their footballing ability. Under the guidance of experienced football and talking therapy coaches, each session is meticulously designed to prioritise mental health and overall wellbeing. By creating a secure and trusted environment, these sessions serve as an outlet for participants to address their mental health concerns. We deliver 12 week programmes in mental health, cost of living support and to the construction industry. To make a referral please first visit www.headinthegame.co.uk and see the self referral form under the "Football Sessions" tab at the top of the site.

07507268045

info@headinthegame.co.uk

Suite 2B, First Floor, The Links, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 7GQ

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www.headinthegame.co.uk

Headway Kent


Categories

Money management & Budgeting advice, Employability Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Community Services, Physical Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

We provide support, guidance and information to adults in Kent that have sustained a brain injury. We operate support groups in our hubs in Thanet, Canterbury, Ashford and Folkestone; carer support groups, online support groups and free drop in sessions.

Headway House, Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Ethlebert Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NG

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Folkestone Rainbow Centre


Categories

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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Sittingbourne and Sheppey helping Ukraine


Categories

Benefits advice, Housing Advice & Support, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Employability 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.

KCC Childrens and Social Services Building, Remembrance Avenue, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4DD

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Shepway Spectrum Arts CIC


Categories

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

Description

Shepway Spectrum Arts is an all-inclusive community creative arts group that benefits the public by bringing together the profoundly disabled alongside able and gifted individuals and professionals. We provide a drop in service for many clients as keeping to a timetable can often be impossible for those with profound disabilities. Shepway Spectrum Arts has grown into a very broad charity that not only provides support to those with disabilities, but to those with mental health, dementia and isolation issues. At our Centre 'Edmonton House', our support focusses around inspiring creativity in bespoke sessions for individuals. Inspiration also comes from creating specific roles for members wanting to help with the running of the community group. This helps improve life-skills, alongside building a sense of purpose. Edmonton House is a place where you can just be yourself and feel at home.

Edmonton House Park Farm Close, Park Farm Industrial Estate, Folkestone, Kent, CT19 5DU

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Inspire Compassion, a subsidiary of the Dover Counselling Centre


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services

Description

We offer prompt, friendly support to individuals, couples and families. We guarantee that your time and experience will not be wasted.

Horizon House, Gordon Road, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, CT16 2ET

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Perinatal Money and Mental Health Project - Citizens Advice NWK


Categories

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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Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre


Categories

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

Description

Paddock Wood Community Advice Centre (“PWCAC”) provides a free, confidential, and impartial advice service for the residents of Paddock Wood and surrounding rural parishes. We offer face-to-face appointments as well as a drop-in service. We provide advice about a wide range of matters, including consumer issues, debt and money, employment, family matters (children or relationship breakdown including domestic abuse), housing and homelessness, mental health support and welfare benefits (including representation at tribunals). PWCAC holds the Advice Quality Standard (AQS) mark.

01892 838619

info@pwadvice.org

94 Commercial Road, Paddock Wood, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN12 6DP

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www.pwadvice.org/

Age UK Tunbridge Wells


Categories

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

The Riverside Centre


Categories

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


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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North Kent Mind


Categories

Money management & Budgeting advice, Housing Advice & Support, Employability Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Education Services, Community Services

Description

We are North Kent Mind, an independent mental health charity providing support to people living in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley. We offer a wide range of services for people who experience mental health issues, which can be provided individually or in small or large groups. We support our local community through our Housing Service, Fee-Paying Counselling and Anger Management courses, Employment Services, Money Guidance, Training, a selection of Wellbeing Services, Children and Young Person's Services and a range of therapies and courses made available through the NHS Talking Therapies.

01322 291380

North Kent Mind The Almshouses, 20 West Hill, Dartford, Kent, DA1 2EP

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northkentmind.co.uk/

Mental Health Resource


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

Mental Health Resource is a registered charity, providing practical and emotional support in a safe and caring environment, for people with mental health issues. Our aim is to improve mental wellbeing by enabling people to feel supported and valued, providing opportunities for social connections and by raising awareness of mental health in the community. On average we work with over 900 people per year, across four key projects. These projects are: • The Hub - our well-being centre in Tunbridge Wells which offers a range of activities to support recovery and a safe space to talk. • Reachout - provides confidential self-help peer support sessions across West Kent. • Reachout Youth groups – confidential, café-style support sessions for young people aged 13-19 years. • Assert - a specialist advocacy service provided to those who are detained under the Mental Health Act 1983 and for people with mental health issues in the community.

2a Grosvenor Park, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN1 2BD

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Citizens Advice Maidstone


Categories

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

Description

Providing free impartial confidential advice to residents of Maidstone on a wide variety of subjects. We assist in form completion and benefits applications, provide specialist support for MS clients, and energy advice. We offer advice primarily through phone and email channels, and offer in-person appointments for issues that cannot be resolved remotely, eg form filling. We support clients to make Universal Credit applications.

01622 750770

manager@maidstonecab.org.uk

Citizens Advice 2, Bower Terrace, Tonbridge Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8RY

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www.maidstonecab.org.uk/

Age Concern Sandwich


Categories

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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YOUTH NGAGE KENT


Categories

Employability Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Community Services

Description

Youth Ngage are an organisation that helps to develop the potential of our participants. Using a holistic approach to supporting vulnerable young people and their families; we engage, train, and develop them to have positive self-esteem and become good role models. We work mostly with BAME youths in Gravesham, with a focus on African and Caribbean young people aged 11 - 25 years old and their parents. We use sports as an entry strategy to maintain peace in our community, providing healthy activities, career development projects, employability services, mental well-being support, skills development training, and community engagement events for youths and family members.

127-130 Windmill House, Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 1BL

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Connect Well East Kent


Categories

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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Kent Adult Education Service


Categories

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.

03000 41 22 22

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

Dover Counselling Centre


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

Dover Counselling Centre offers a safe environment to which people in distress can refer themselves, enabling them to address their difficulties in a positive way and improve their quality of life.

Horizon House, Gordon Road, Whitfield, Dover, Kent, CT16 2ET

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dovercc.org.uk/

West Malling Baptist Church - CAP


Categories

Money management & Budgeting advice, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

Hosting the Christians against Poverty (CAP) Life Skills course to support people going through hardships. West Malling Baptist Church (WMBC) offers 2 free training courses under the framework of the national award winning charity: Christians Against Poverty (CAP). - CAP Money Coaching: A course designed to help trainees to budget effectively and structure household finances to avoid or manage debt. The courses can be delivered online via Zoom to students based anywhere in Kent or face to face at church premises in Swan Street, West Malling ME19 6LW. Courses are open to anyone and are scheduled throughout the year but additional course(s) could be organised for particular student groups by negotiation. Prospective students are directed to the national CAP website (https://capmoney.org/en_GB/home) to register for a course and to obtain access to confidential online budget building software. Students with severe debt problems can be referred to the CAP Money Plus Service for free debt management services. - CAP Life Skills: Starting in Autumn 2023, WMBC intends to deliver an additional training programme on church premises: CAP Life Skills - a friendly group based course that gives confidence and decision-making skills needed to live well on a low income. The course runs over 8 weekly sessions(each around 90 minutes) and covers a range of practical topics: eg money-saving techniques, cooking on a budget, living healthily for less, and making money go further. Please address any queries or requests for further information to John Gledhill, the Co-ordinator of CAP in Malling.

07817 909181

john.gledhill@freeuk.com

West Malling Baptist Church, Swan St, West Malling, Kent, ME19 6LW

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www.wmbc.org.uk/

West Kent Mind


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Community Services

Description

We’re West Kent Mind; your local mental health charity. We’re here to make sure anyone with a mental health problem in the Sevenoaks, Tonbridge & Malling and Tunbridge Wells districts in West Kent has somewhere to turn for advice and support. West Kent Mind is an independent charity affiliated to Mind. We are a passionate, knowledgeable and dedicated team with a big heart. We are here to ensure that people with mental health issues get support and respect through inclusive, engaging services that are designed to enable our local community to flourish and thrive.

01732 744950

hello@westkentmind.org.uk

Sevenoaks Wellbeing Centre, 34 St Johns Road, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN13 3LW

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westkentmind.org.uk/

The Princess Project


Categories

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

Description

The Princess Project helps disadvantaged mums and their families to thrive by providing a holistic package of physical, emotional, social and spiritual support. We provide both one-to-one and drop-in support for mums, as well as Totcycle, our baby/toddler bank. We run courses in topics such as parenting and building self-esteem. The Princess Project operates in Maidstone, Medway, Sheppey and Tonbridge and Malling area.

01622 230713

support@princessproject.co.uk

The Princess Project, Maidstone Community Support Centre, 39-48 Marsham Street, Maidstone, ME14 1HH

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The MS Society - Tunbridge Wells and Surrounding Areas Group


Categories

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

Description

We’re here to support you and your loved ones to live well with MS. Whether you have MS, or care about someone who does, join our group to connect with other people from the community and share experiences. We don’t want anyone to face MS alone.

07951128584

heatherrussellkay@gmail.com

TN2 3AA

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www.mssociety.org.uk/care-and-support/local-support/local-groups/tunbridge-wells-district-gr

The Grand Healthy Living Centre


Categories

Money management & Budgeting advice, Advice & Support for Elderly People, Employability Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services, Digital Inclusion & Skills, Community Services

Description

We're a Healthy Living Centre supporting the needs of adults and young people. We work across Gravesham on all sorts of projects - from free exercise to singing and mental health. Pop in and say hello. Our youth service GYG is based here too. The Grand was set-up in 2001 as a multi-partner agency working across the borough. Since then, we have established a successful youth service, helped hundreds of people get online and learn how to use the internet, assisted people in their search for a new job and helped people lose weight and quit smoking. We work with every secondary school in the borough, manage community events, run a community allotment, and have produced an annual youth performance at the Woodville theatre for the past 10 years. We work across Gravesham. Our base is at the Gravesend Methodist Church and many of our services are based here. But we also run our workshops and classes in different spaces and locations in the local area.

01474 320123

hello@thegrand.org.uk

The Gr@nd: Healthy Living Centre, C/O The Methodist Church Community Centre, 4-9 Wilfred Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA12 2HA

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www.thegrand.org.uk/

Social Enterprise Kent


Categories

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/

Romani Slovak Czech Community CIC


Categories

Employability Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Immigration Advice & Support, Education Services, Community Services

Description

We support people to reach their full potential by delivering free English lessons daily. The inability to access training, employment and voluntary opportunities due to a lack of English skills leaves migrants unable to integrate easily or contribute to their local communities, further hindered by the pandemic. Over the last few years, we have delivered various projects addressing crime prevention, youth diversion activities, advice and support at drop-in-centre in Gravesend and Northfleet. We currently deliver sports projects to address inactivity and different cultural events to celebrate and share traditions that have become celebrated and appreciated by the local community (e.g., St Nicholas Day, Porraimos -Romani Holocaust Exhibition and International Roma Day).

07492 351934

slovak.czech.community@gmail.com

20 The Hive, Northfleet, Kent, DA11 9DE

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www.romani.top/

Maya's Community Support Centre


Categories

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)


Categories

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

Involve Kent


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Community Services

Description

• Navigation and social prescribing; short term services building skills, confidence, resilience and linking people to groups, services and support • Community wellbeing; groups, activities and services to promote inclusion and independence and prevent frailty and health decline. • Support for unpaid Carer; Carers assessments, support with emergency planning, information and advice, practical support on hospital discharge or when health is affected, peer support groups and forums.

03000 810005

communitynavigation@involvekent.org.uk

30 Turkey Court, Ashford Road, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 5PP

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www.involvekent.org.uk

Fusion Maidstone


Categories

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/

East Kent Mind


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Community Services

Description

East Kent Minds purpose is to promote better mental health and wellbeing across East Kent including the Canterbury District and Thanet. Wellbeing and Mental Health Support East Kent Mind provides quality outcome-based services to make a positive difference to the Mental Health of the people of East Kent which includes the Canterbury District and Thanet. We offer an array of recovery focused support; • Groups, such as Coping with Depression, Arts and Craft, Book Club, Walking Groups, Young Adults Groups and much more. • Individual support including a mentoring programme • Peer support groups

34 King St, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8NT

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Dover Smart Project


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Community Services, Dementia and MS Advice & Support

Description

Dover Smart Project is a local charity transforming lives through art and creativity. Founded in 2013 to provide opportunities for disadvantaged and vulnerable people, living in Dover to take part in a wide range of creative activities and experiences to boost their confidence, enhance their wellbeing, raise their aspirations and widen their outlook on the world. We run weekly groups for Young Carers and Older People including those living with a dementia, we also run creative community projects across the district.

01304 790223

mail@doversmartproject.co.uk

Dover Smart Project Smart Gallery, 3 Waterloo Crescent, Dover, Kent, CT16 1L

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doversmartproject.co.uk/

Crossroads Care Kent


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Information, Guidance & Support for Carers, Dementia and MS Advice & Support

Description

We help Carers to make a life of their own outside caring by providing quality care services offering peace of mind while they enjoy some time to themselves. Some of our Services: • Short Breaks Service: offers adult Carers a chance to step away from their caring role for a few hours each week, to enable them to recharge their batteries, get some sleep, or carry out the essential tasks of everyday living, whilst we also offer a pre-bookable replacement care to enable Carers to attend planned health appointments, and the treatments they need in order to stay well. • Carer and Dementia Crisis Service: offers free, practical support, designed to prevent the breakdown of a caring situation that might otherwise lead to a hospital or care home admission. • End of Life care supports Carers at some of the most challenging times in their lives. • Dementia Outreach service with 1-1 support to families living with dementia. Our volunteer service helps carers and the people they care for by providing free, practical, emotional and companionship support, as well as expert advice, information and guidance.

03450 956 701

referrals@crossroadskent.org

Crossroads Care Kent, 16 Reculver Road, Beltinge, Herne Bay, Kent, CT6 6LE

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www.crossroadskent.org/

Children & Families


Categories

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


Categories

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/

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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Ashford Volunteer Centre


Categories

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

Description

We are a Volunteer Centre and we help people volunteer. We also support community groups to have volunteers. In addition we run projects in the district of Ashford e.g. befriending project for elderly people, volunteer transport scheme, DBS service, room hire, mens shed, hospital care navigator service.

012333 665535

contact@ashfordvc.org.uk

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

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Porchlight


Categories

Housing Advice & Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Homelessness Services

Description

Porchlight Live Well Kent & Medway services offer support in East Kent and the Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley areas. Porchlight is a Kent based Charity supporting people who have experienced homelessness and/or Mental health challenges.

01227 760078

Porchlight Head office, 18-19 Watling Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2UA

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SEKitchen & Helping Hands Project - Social Enterprise Kent


Categories

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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Dads Unlimited


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Family Services, Domestic Abuse Advice & Support

Description

We aim to support dads to help them improve their co-parenting relationships after parental separation, and seek help for their mental health across England & Wales. The issues we support are suicidal ideation/self-harm, anxiety, depression, domestic abuse, loneliness and isolation. We provide wrap-around support on all of these issues, and focus on making sure the voice of the child is at the heart of the family breakdown process. We work hard to reduce male suicide; help male victims of domestic abuse, and reduce parental conflict / improve co-parenting. PLEASE NOTE ASSISTANCE CRITERIA: As an organisation that promotes the values of equality, diversity, dignity and respect we, will not unintentionally assist anyone with a DVPO, conviction, caution, reprimand, or any warnings; spent or otherwise, for assault, harassment, and/or abuse. We do not unintentionally assist perpetrators. If you are hurting someone, and you want help in stopping, please contact Respect on 0808 802 4040 or visit their website http://respect.uk.net/ We can assist if you have only allegations against you. However, should you be found to be guilty, or have facts found against you, then again, unfortunately, we will not be able to assist you any further. As we work with numerous partner organisations, should the information be identified that you have been found guilty of perpetrating domestic abuse; we will formally cease support in writing, and we will, in appropriate circumstances, signpost you to other services that might be able to support your needs. We take this stance in order to protect all of the people we are trying to help and their families. We also take the strong view that no matter how difficult or frustrating your challenge; the right, if not only, way to solve your situation is always through constructive and intelligent dialogue. We appreciate your understanding in advance of your cooperation on this matter. We reserve the right to withdraw our service(s) when we believe that support would not further the interests of the children or other adults. Our mentoring agreement is attached below.

support@dadsunltd.org.uk

Metford Units 5-7, Evegate Business Park, Station Road, Smeeth, Ashford, Kent, TN25 6SX

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www.dadsunltd.org.uk/

Citizens Advice Dover Deal


Categories

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/

Mental Health UK


Categories

Money management & Budgeting advice, Housing Advice & Support, Employability Support, Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

Into Work is a Service for people in Gravesend. It is a new holistic employment service providing wraparound support to help people back into employment. We know how vital employment can be for people, both mentally and practically in terms of providing purpose and financial stability. Into Work provides - Tailored support plan around money, housing, confidence, motivation etc. - Assistance with creating targeted CV’s. Help with completing application forms and cover letters. - Support with job searching, including setting up email addresses and registering with jobsites. - Brokering and seeking job vacancies. - Access to our online Employment Hub. - Signposting to training opportunities, including English, Maths and IT skills. - Signposting for advice and support with in-work benefits and volunteering. - Support and advice for you and your employer once in work. - Access to supported employment while retaining disability related benefits. Our service is tailored to your identified goals and expectations. We work with you to identify your hopes and aspirations, and what support you need to achieve them. A tailored action plan is developed to help measure progress along the way. Into Work builds on the Individual Placement and Support employment service mode. How we can help: Our aim is to support you to make change, by looking at the barriers you face around your mental wellbeing. We provide you with a tailored recovery/ vocational plan, with the end goal of supporting you into paid employment. To be eligible for this free service you will be: Aged 18 and over Live in Gravesend Seeking paid employment Experiencing mental health difficulties If eligible, you will be invited for an informal chat with an employment specialist to discuss your present situation and what your needs are. We will explore the various options to help you achieve your goals during regular one to-one meetings and action plans. Into Work is a community based service using a mixture of face-to-face, phone calls and virtual support. We can work with you for up to 18 months. Joining our programme is voluntary and you can leave at any point. Your benefit entitlement will not be affected by use of this service.

N/A

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Rethink Mental Illness and Rethink Sahayak Services


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support, Immigration Advice & Support, Domestic Abuse Advice & Support

Description

Rethink Mental Illness is a national charity and Rethink Sahayak Services is one of the community support services locally in North Kent offering a cluster of services specialising in BME mental health. Sahayak Service provides Mental Health Asian Helpline service- a free and confidential helpline offering caring, non-judgemental, empathetic support to allow support covering mental health and domestic violence issues. The helpline operates during Mondays and Wednesdays between 4pm to 7pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12pm to 3pm. Callers may speak to us in Asian languages (Gujarati, Punjabi, Hindu, and Urdu) or English. 08088002073 Other services that we provide are: • Advice and Information. • One-to-one support through referrals, allowing emotional support and practical assistance. • Syrian Resettlement scheme Project. • Rethink Sangam group a recovery peer -led support group.

01474 364837

Rethink Sahayak 4-5 High Street, Gravesend, Kent, DA11 0BQ

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www.rethink.org/help-in-your-area/services/advice-and-helplines/rethink-sahayak-asian-mental

FCS Talking Therapies


Categories

Mental Health and Wellbeing Advice & Support

Description

FCS Talking Therapies is a not-for-profit charitable organisation providing Mental Health and Wellbeing Services across Kent including specialising in the delivery of IAPT (NHS Talking Therapies) and offering a variety of therapeutic techniques to individuals, organisations and communities to fulfil our objective of promoting mental health and wellness and being of benefit to the general public’s holistic health and wellbeing.

01795 591019

kmccg.fcstalkingtherapies@nhs.net

Faversham Counselling Service, 10 Gatefield Lane, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8NX

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www.fcstalkingtherapies.org/

Citizens Advice in North and West Kent


Categories

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/