We appreciate that changes to our services are always going to have an impact on the people we work with – and that, as we move into a mixed model of face-to-face and virtual support, many of you may find yourselves in need of additional help and support. For this reason, we wanted to highlight some of the additional support services which are available in Kent that you can access and benefit from. This is not an exhaustive list – and those of you registered with Live Well Kent can ask your Care Navigator for more information on additional support, too.
If you are looking for Social Groups, then we recommend that you use the ‘Connect Well West Kent’ service – funded by our friends at Involve Kent. This is a fantastic service which features lots of additional services from across the county. You can use the service to search for Social Groups which will benefit you and your interests – with a range of groups available, from those themed around arts and crafts to those themed around the outdoors. This is an invaluable resource designed to connect you with the services which will benefit you most.
Not living in the West Kent area? Don’t worry.
There are a range of fantastic Helplines and services available to individuals in Kent. Below are a handful of services which we believe may be able to support you.
Release The Pressure
Our friends at Release The Pressure are working hard to ensure that their freephone support remains available 24/7 during this difficult time.
If you would benefit from talking to someone, then you can call Release The Pressure on 0800 107 0160
Samaritans will continue to offer telephone support as much as possible during this period – providing you with someone to talk to.
To chat to a Samaritan, call freephone number 116 123.
Shout is a 24/7 text service which you can access throughout the current period of time – providing you with over-the-phone text support if you need it.
To get support, text 85258.
Citizens Advice Maidstone
The Citizens Advice Bureau are there to help fight your corner – providing support with everything from employment to welfare. Their trained team are still available via telephone.
To get support, call them on 01622 764265.
Kent Together – 24 Hour Helpline
The helpline will provide a single, convenient point of contact for anyone in the county who is in urgent need of help during the Coronavirus outbreak. It is a collaboration between KCC, central Government, District, Borough and local councils, the voluntary and community sector, the NHS, emergency services and other partners to ensure help is at hand for vulnerable people.
For full details you can click here, or can call Freephone 0300 041 9292.
Other Kent Mind Branches
There are four other branches of Mind who operate in Kent – providing additional advice, support and also additional services which may be able to support your needs. You can find details of the other Mind branches in Kent listed below.
West Kent Mind – https://westkentmind.org.uk/
South Kent Mind – https://www.southkentmind.org.uk/
North Kent Mind – https://northkentmind.co.uk/
East Kent Mind – https://eastkentmind.org.uk/
If you have not already registered with Livewell Kent, then their Navigators are in a position to provide you with a fantastic level of support to overcome the adversities you are facing and make the best of local support which is available to you. If you are not sure which support you would benefit from, then Livewell can work with you to work this out.
Please remember that we continue to be here for you. If you have any questions at anytime, then you can contact our team via firstname.lastname@example.org for more support.