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Case Study 1 - Embark 21 CIC
Jill has been involved in charity work with a focus around mental health for many years and became very aware of the need for more help and support in her local area. She is now really pleased to be running an adult-friendly and professional community service in West Kent for adults who are struggling with their emotional mental wellbeing, as well as for the carers that support them.
What does Embark 21 offer?
Jill can offer private counselling (individuals or couples), life coaching and group workshops – fees apply – as well as free-to-access group activities such as wellbeing walks, arts and crafts sessions, gardening and coffee & chat groups.
Our funded groups give you the opportunity to make friends and share experiences with people who understand what you are going through. We offer confidential, self-help support in a very caring, non-judgemental and healthy environment. Groups are run by a qualified mental health wellbeing Group Facilitator plus a volunteer. We also have occasional speakers on wellbeing topics.
Below is a comment from someone who has attended one of the groups:
“I really value the group meetings. I know I am not alone and there are many others going through similar things”
Case Study 2 - East Kent Care
Having worked in the care industry for some time, Connie saw that a lot of older and disabled people in East Kent needed a bit of extra help, not just with things like support to get washed and dressed, but also support to live their lives in the way they want, following their own choices, hobbies and interests. With the support of Community Catalysts and the Community micro-enterprise Project, Connie has set up East Kent Care with the mission of enabling people to have the care and support they need whilst staying in the comfort and familiarity of their own homes.
I have been working in the care industry, particularly domiciliary care for over 4 years and noticed that there is no capacity within the current care that is offered for a bespoke care service designed around the needs of the individual. Working in care is not just a career for me or something I do for financial reasons. I feel it is what I was meant to do and I can’t think of anything I would rather be doing. I get such a lot of pleasure helping people and I could see there is a gap in the care market that desperately needs filling.
Connie - East Kent Care
Both Connie and the people she supports have been able to benefit from more choice and control over their lives. Connie has been able to create meaningful connections with the people she supports and find employment close to home that fits around her own life.
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