Cold weather can pose a serious health risk, Kent County Council is working with the Home Improvement Agency and partners to provide free support for people over 65 with a diagnosed health condition.
You may be entitled to free support to keep warm this winter – if you live in Kent call 0800 028 3172 to speak to the Home Improvement Agency.
Home Improvement Agencies are local not-for-profit organisations that help vulnerable people to ensure their home is a comfortable and safe place to live independently. They provide advice and information for home owners and private tenants, and they will check to ensure what benefits and grants you may be entitled to. They can visit you at home, work closely with other agencies involved, help to identify reputable trades people to carry out and oversee the work.
For every degree the temperature drops below 18°C, deaths in the UK go up by nearly 1.5%
9 December 2013
As a result of a successful 1-year pilot across 3 police force areas, domestic violence protection orders will be rolled out across England and Wales from March 2014.
Domestic violence protection orders (DVPO) are a new power that fills a gap in providing protection to victims by enabling the police and magistrates to put in place protection in the immediate aftermath of a domestic violence incident. With DVPOs, a perpetrator can be banned with immediate effect from returning to a residence and from having contact with the victim for up to 28 days, allowing the victim time to consider their options and get the support they need.
9 December 2013
A voluntary group in Whitstable and Herne Bay has been launched as part of the Contact the Elderly, a national charity soley dedicated to tackling loneliness and social isolation among pensioners.
The aim is to organise monthly Sunday afternoon tea parties for small groups of older people (aged 75+) who live alone, and volunteers within the local community, offering a regular and vital friendship link every month.
These tea parties offer a real lifeline of friendship for older members who have little or no contact with any family or friends. They bring people of all ages together, develop fulfilling friendships and support networks, and give everyone involved something to look forward to each month.
For more details on how to get involved with the group as an attendee, driver or tea party host e-mail Val Prosser ar firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01227 763939
9 December 2013
The Canterbury Domestic Abuse Services One Stop Shops offer free and confidential advice, information and support all under one roof. No appointment is necessary.
Herne Bay – Poppys Children’s Centre in Kings Road.
Every Tuesday – 9.30am to 12pm
Every week there is a solicitor available to give legal advice and a representative from the Canterbury domestic abuse charity Rising Sun. Information on refuges, state benefits, debt, housing, health, drug or alcohol problems and many other issues is also available.
- Offer information, friendship and advice
- Link callers to local groups and services
- Offer regular befriending calls
- Protect and support those who are suffering abuse and neglect
The Silver Line is a helpline for older people – the Silver Generation. They have no strict age limits but most people they speak to are over 65. So, if you think it’s for you, call 0800 470 8090
3 December 2013
The street pastor scheme is working successfully in Canterbury and Whitstable and there is considerable interest in introducing it in Herne Bay.
It is thought any such scheme could help reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the town.
27 November 2013