Carers' support

Carer and Patient Consultative Committees

The Carer and Patient Consultative Committees are bi-monthly meetings designed for carers and service users to meet up and share their experiences of accessing mental health services to support improvement in service delivery.

They also regularly include representatives from care groups to discuss relevant developments and other areas of work.

Visit our Carer consultative committee page
Visit our Patient consultative committee page

Carer's assessment

A carer's assessment is your opportunity to:

  • Find out if social services can provide services that may help you as a carer
  • Help social services understand the impact caring has on you.

A carer's assessment can offer advice in the following areas:

  • Questions about mental illnesses and available treatments
  • How to care for your relative, friend or partner
  • How the mental health system operates
  • Benefit entitlement and rights as an employed carer
  • Local support groups for carers.

How can I get a carer's assessment?

If you are interested in having a carer's assessment, you can contact the cared for person's social worker or community psychiatric nurse.

You can also call either the Kent or Medway social services departments directly. You can find their contact details on the right hand side of the page. 

Involve Carers

Involve Carers are commissioned by Kent County Council to provide a carer's assessment and support service for those people (unpaid) who care for someone. This includes carers who care for someone with mental ill health.

To find out more please contact Involve Carers. 

Useful websites

Please click on the links below to view external support services for carers:

Carers' support agencies in Kent and Medway

Click here to view the map which shows the carer agencies that cover the different areas of Kent and Medway. Alternatively you can view the list below. 

Medway 5 Carers

Tel: 07885 617699 

  • Medway

Carers First

Tel: 0300 303 1555

  • Medway

Imago Community

Tel: 0300 011 1965

  • Dartford
  • Gravesham
  • Swale

Involve Carers- West Kent

Tel: 0300 081 0005

  • Sevenoaks
  • Tonbridge and Malling
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Maidstone

Carer's Support - East Kent

Tel: 01304 364637

  • Ashford
  • Canterbury
  • Folkestone and Hythe
  • Dover
  • Thanet