Local organisations offering support with health and disability issues

The following organisations offer information, guidance and support with health and disability issues. Click on the link to find out more:

 

Age UK Tunbridge Wells provide an information and advice service for older people

Alzheimer’s Society Kent & Medway provides services and support for people with dementia and their carers.

Carers First can provide information, advice and support to carers of all ages.

Centre for Independent Living Kent (CiLK) promotes independent living for disabled people throughout Kent and Medway giving out information on benefits, aids and equipment, Direct Payments and much more. Also provides advocacy. CiLK also forms part of a partnership offering a befriending service in West Kent.

Compaid provides services to people with disabilities, which include digital skills, transport and payroll support

CRI provides support to people who have problems due to drugs and alcohol

CXK  is a charitable organisation which supports children, young people, adults and families.  Their services, which are delivered throughout the South-East, provide support, advice and guidance to help people progress into meaningful employment, education or training.  They aim to make a difference to the lives of people across the South-East so that everyone can maximise their potential and achieve their aspiration.
Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services (DAVSS) offers vital and practical support to anyone experiencing domestic abuse

Good Neighbours provide support for people aged 65+ who are vulnerable and socially isolated.  They provide information and befriending. They also run specialised falls prevention classes (Postural Stability) for those people who have had a fall or have a fear of falling.

Headway in West Kent provide information, support and services to people who have suffered a brain injury, and to their family and carers

Healthwatch Kent is an independent organisation set up to champion the views of patients and social care users across Kent

Imago (formerly knows as Voluntary Action Within Kent (VAWK), provide a range of services for people with disabilities and carers: The Care Navigator service offers free information and advice to people aged 50 and over who require support to stay independent at home

Kent Association for the Blind (KAB) supports sight impaired people to live independent lives

Tunbridge Wells Mental Health Resources (MHR) provides practical and emotional support for people suffering with mental ill health

Porchlight supports vulnerable and homeless people, as well as people with a range of complex need, including young people, ex-offenders and people with mental health issues

The Pickering Cancer Drop-in Centre support anyone touched by cancer, providing emotional support as well as a range of complementary therapies

Samaritans provides confidential emotional support for anyone experiencing distress or despair including suicidal thoughts. The support is available by phone, email, text, face to face and by letter, 24 hours a day