Do you provide care, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without your support? If you do then you are a Carer and we can support you with your caring role.
Involve Carers is a point of contact for Carers living in the West Kent area needing support, information and assistance. We are here to help you.
Services we can offer:
Carers assessments - we will meet with you so you can tell us what impact caring has had on you and your life. We will discuss what there may be available to make your caring role easier and develop a support plan to meet any eligible needs you may have. We provide this service on behalf of Kent County Council
The Carers’ Emergency Card provides Carers with support to plan for the person they care for in the unlikely event of an accident or sudden illness which may mean the Carer is unable support the cared for person.
If you would like to receive a card and live in West Kent email:firstname.lastname@example.org
or call: 0300 081 0005
For other areas in Kent visit www.kent.gov.uk or www.medway.gov.uk for more information. Here you can find information about your local Carers’ Support Organisation who will be able to provide you with a card.
Training - training courses are available to support you in your caring role. Training for professionals and talks to community groups about Carers' issues can also be organised
Carers voice - the Carers forum offers an opportunity for Carers to speak directly to planners and managers of health and social services, influencing the work of statutory agencies. Consultation with Carers on specific issues. Support to raise concerns if things go wrong with services
Information & advice for Carers - signposting and referring to local services and support. Carers' entitlements, rights and benefits. Planning for the future. Regular newsletter
Support for Carers - onsite support at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells hospitals, possible practical support to help in your caring role on discharge from hospital. Alternative care to give you a break when your caring role is affecting your health (subject to eligibility). We work in partnership with health professionals to improve support for Carers. Contact with other Carers; peer support groups. Regular calls to see if you need help, or just to keep in touch
Call 0300 0810005 if you wish to discuss or prefer to refer by telephone.