Another national award win for KCC videophone project

The council’s commissioned digital care programme project ‘Kara’ has won another award at the Health Tech Digital Awards (1 August) coming first in the “Best COVID-19 Solution for Safeguarding the Vulnerable” category. In March 2020, KCC commissioned healthcare transformation consultancy Rethink Partners and pioneers of virtual care Alcove to launch a programme to deliver up…

EMPOWERing digital inclusion across Kent

Kent County Council’s EMPOWERCARE Project is working to reduce social isolation in Kent. The initiative focuses on improving the digital skills of people aged 65 and over (and people over 50 with a chronic health condition) and giving them access to technology and new ways of keeping in touch. A fully trained volunteer team of…

Support for our Kent Carers this Carers Week

This Carers Week (June 6 to 12), Kent County Council (KCC) is urging everyone to recognise our carers and support them in getting the practical, financial and emotional help they need. A carer is anyone, young person or adult, who provides unpaid care and support to a friend or family member who has a disability,…

Have you considered joining Kent’s Foster Care Community?

KCC is supporting Foster Care Fortnight (9 – 22 May) and celebrating Kent Fostering’s outstanding foster care community. The Local Authority is hoping to recruit 120 new households this year to join the existing community of Foster Carers already helping to improve the futures of Kent’s most vulnerable children and young people. Jen Tobin and…

Kent Homeless Connect consultation opens

Views are being sought on Kent County Council’s (KCC) proposal to end funding for the Kent Homeless Connect (KHC) service when the current contract ends. Following the approval of the council’s budget in February, it was proposed that, to meet the ongoing severe financial challenges the council is facing it could stop funding the discretionary…

A warm welcome awaits Ukrainian Refugees

KCC is actively working with partners to provide immediate support and assistance when the first Ukrainians arrive in Kent and ensure they receive the warmest welcome to the county and all the support they need to settle safely into our communities. Latest data from Government tells us there are currently 1,165 Ukrainian individuals matched with…

Providing support for Ukrainians in crisis

Everyone is horrified by indefensible invasion of Ukraine and there are now a number of ways people in Kent can help from opening up your home to a refugee to donating money to help support an effective humanitarian response to the crisis. More than four million people in Ukraine are expected to be displaced as…

Help the NHS help others by returning unwanted mobility equipment

People with mobility equipment they no longer need are being urged to return it to new, dedicated drop-off points at hospitals in Ashford, Canterbury and Margate. This includes NHS or council-loaned equipment such as crutches, commodes, walking frames, raised toilet seats, shower chairs, free-standing toilet frames, perching stools, chair raisers, kitchen trolleys and wheeled walkers.…