Being a carer can be physically and emotionally tiring, and sometimes you need support in order to provide care most effectively. Friends and family can be a great source of help, but it is worth knowing that there are organisations in Kent that can offer extra support. This page will help you to find the carer support group nearest to you, and let you know about the type of help they can provide you with.
A Carer’s Assessment
As a carer you are eligible for a Carer’s Needs Assessment from Kent County Council. It is similar to the Care Needs Assessment, and afterwards the council service-providers can offer advice and point you towards local support groups. You can organise a Carer’s Needs Assessment by contacting one of the Carer Support Groups listed below.
Find Carer Support Groups in Kent
Involve Kent – West Kent
Involve Kent can provide support, information and assistance to Carers living in the West Kent area. They also offer Carers Assessments, training, and community navigation – letting you know about events for carers in the local area. They also operate a Carers’ forum which takes the concerns and ideas of local Carers to the people responsible for organising social care in Kent.
Telephone: 0300 0810005
Carers’ Support East Kent – East Kent
Carers’ Support East Kent offer information, support, Carers Assessments, health and wellbeing sessions, and assistance with organising welfare benefits. They also organise drop-ins, courses, support groups, forums and other social events specifically for local Carers. As well as this, they can administer you a Kent Carers’ Emergency Cards.
Telephone: 01304 364 637
Imago – North Kent
As part of Imago’s Wellbeing Matters service, they offer support, practical help and training for adult carers in North Kent. Beyond carrying out a Carer’s Assessment, their Community Navigators can also carry out holistic assessments to identify what will make the greatest difference to improve the health, wellbeing, and confidence of your relative. Imago can help you to organise respite care, and get hold of a Kent Carers’ Emergency Card.
Telephone: 0300 011 1965
Carers FIRST – Medway
Carers FIRST can help you by offering specialist information, advice and guidance on your role as a carer, giving you access to practical training opportunities, and providing opportunities to join support groups and activities with other carers. Carers FIRST also operate a ‘Carers Hub’ phone-line service, guides to local events and regular email bulletins, to keep you fully informed.
Telephone: 0300 303 155
Crossroads Kent is a charity that provides a wide range of free services to carers in Kent. These include short breaks, carer respite, dementia outreach, carer wellbeing and crisis services. Crossroads also organise Carers coffee mornings, and work to amplify the voices of carers to local decision-makers.
Telephone: 03450 956 701