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Local carer organisations

If you are over 18:

  • call or email your local carer organisation:
    • For Ashford, Canterbury, Deal, Dover, Faversham, Folkestone and Hythe, and Thanet - Carer's Support East Kent
    • For Maidstone, Tonbridge and Malling, Sevenoaks (except Swanley) and Tunbridge Wells - Involve Kent
    • For Dartford, Gravesham, Swanley and Swale (except Faversham) - Imago

If you are under 18 contact Kent Young Carers for an assessment.

Carers UK

Carers UK offer advice and guidance on all issues relating to caring for someone. They also offer a support system where you can talk to other carers in the network.

We’re here to make life better for carers - Carers UK

Alternatively, you can contact their advice line on the on 08088 087 777.

Message in a bottle

The bottle scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location - the fridge.
The kit comprises of:

  • A plastic bottle
  • An information sheet
  • Two stickers (one for the inside of your front door and one for your fridge door) to inform the emergency services that there is a 'message in a bottle' in the house
  • The information sheet is completed and sealed in the plastic bottle which is then put in the door of the fridge.
  • The emergency services will know to look for it. They will locate the bottle and pass it on to a doctor or hospital personnel in an emergency

Online and mobile app to support carers (Jointly)

Developed by Carers UK, Jointly is an innovative mobile and online app that is designed by carers for carers. It makes caring easier, less stressful and more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.

You can create a circle of care for the person you are looking after. Once you have set up your Jointly circle you can start using Jointly to organise care.

You can use it on your own or you can invite other people to join you and share the care.
Jointly works on iPhone, iPad and Android devices and on most modern web browsers (home computers, laptops, smartphones, tablets and so on.

Jointly App - Carers UK

Carers trust

Carers Trust is a national organisation of carers support services with a network of independently managed centres across the UK. The centres provide a range of services, including –

  • information and advice on benefits
  • care and access to services
  • advocacy
  • support and practical help for carers

Carers Trust believes in a world where the role and contribution of unpaid carers is recognised and they have access to the quality support and services they need to live their own lives.

They also offer help and support on a wide range of topics relating to caring.

Homepage - Carers Trust

Last updated: 10/03/2022