Keeping in Touch
Caring can sometimes be an isolating experience. Any Carer wishing to talk things through can call us. We also have a proactive telephone service called ‘Keeping in Touch’ for those Carers that would benefit from a regular call.
Peer Support Groups
We currently run the following specialist peer support groups which are facilitated by a member of the Involve Carers team: Mental Health Carers Group, Learning Disability Carers Group and a group for those affected by another’s Substance Misuse.
Developed with the aid of a grant from the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund we have established a network of supportive peer volunteers. Volunteers who are all Carers or former Carers are supported to link with, and support others. Current services include:
‘Coffee and Chat’ weekly Drop in: held in the Maidstone Community Support Centre Café and open to all Carers – this group is hosted by peer volunteers
First Connection Events: hosted by peer volunteers and designed to enable Carers who do not attend our other groups to make connections with others
Activity groups: many of our activity groups are facilitated by peer volunteers including our fitness walking group, swim and gym group, meditation, craft, and book groups
Watch our Connecting Carers video to hear from Carers about how the service has helped them.
Involve Carers Forum
Our Forum, which is open to all Carers, was established in 1993. It is an opportunity for Carers to come together and have their voices heard by the planners and managers of health and social services. Each Forum has a theme and provides Carers with information. Most importantly their views are listened to and used to inform service development and future policy.
We produce regular newsletters to keep you informed about new services, current issues and always welcome contributions from Carers. Invitation to the Forum is included with the newsletter.
We can assist with arranging alternative care to enable Carers to attend any of our events and activities