Care for others

Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.

Why not share your skills more widely by volunteering for a local charity? Helping out can make us feel needed and valued and that boosts our self-esteem.

It also helps us see the world from another angle. That can help to put our own problems in perspective.

Find out more about volunteering at

Caring for a pet can improve your wellbeing too. The bond between you and your pet can be as strong as between people. Looking after a pet can bring structure to your day and act as a link to other people. Lots of people make friends by chatting to fellow dog walkers.

Mental Health Foundation


More information

Ashford Volunteer Centre provides local volunteering opportunities and volunteer training

Mental health help and support services

If you’re experiencing mental health problems or need urgent support, there are lots of places you can go to for help.

KCC and NHS promote jobs in East Kent

Kent County Council and the NHS organisations providing health and social care in East Kent have launched a website to promote employment in the sector in East Kent.

The move comes as the organisations work together towards the Kent and Medway Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP). The STP describes what the organisations think needs to be done differently to bring about better health and wellbeing, better standards of care, and better use of staff and funds.


Are you looking for urgent help or advice

We have added details of some national helplines to our links page

Women’s Aid Tel: 0808 2000 247
provides services to women and children experiencing domestic violence.

Samaritans Tel:116 123. or
visit the local branch
offers confidential and emotional support for those who are experiencing despair.

Saneline  0300 304 7000 from 4:30pm – 10:30pm every evening
offers information and support for those with mental health issues.

FRANK Tel: 0300 123 6600,
Need a quick answer? Text a question and FRANK will text you back Text 82111 or
Chat online 2pm – 6pm every day
helps people with drug problems.

Drinkline Tel: 0300 123 1110
free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else’s.

Shelter Tel: 0808 800 4444
offers housing advice.

Runaway  Tel or Text 116 000,
Chat online using link above, or
advises young people aged 17 if they are thinking about running away, if they have already run away, or if they have been away and come back and those that are worried that someone else is going to run away or if they are being treated badly or abused.

Childline Tel: 0800 1111,
Chat online:, or
helps children or young people in distress. Tel: 0800 1111

Silverline Tel: 0800 470 8090
provides information, friendship and advice for older folk.

Do you have caring responsibilities?

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Do you have caring responsibilities for a member of your family or a friend?

If so, Healthwatch Kent would like to hear if you have been offered a Care Assessment and what your experiences of the process has been?

If you were not aware that you were entitled to a Care Assessment, please let Healthwatch Kent know

All Carers are entitled to a Care Assessment.  That should be an independent assessment of your care and supports needs. This assessment then forms the basis of your care and support plan for you, the carer.

Healthwatch Kent have heard from many carers across Kent about their experiences of Care Assessments. Now they want to hear from more carers so they can help improve the system for more carers in the future.

Please encourage your carers to share their experience with Healthwatch Kent. Or can you share it on their behalf?
You will be helping to improve the system for other carers in the future.
Feedback can be shared in a number of ways:
• Complete the short online survey here  
• Email and tell them your experiences
• Share your experience on the phone by calling for FREE on 0808 801 0102
• Healthwatch Kent can post you a questionnaire – just call or email us your address
• Healthwatch Kent can come and talk to you at home or visit your group.  Ring them on 0808 801 0102 to organise a visit or email them at

Everything you tell Healthwatch Kent will be in confidence and your personal details will not be shared with any other organisation and destroyed on completion of the project.

Healthwatch Kent 11 October 2016