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Critical Voices

Critical Voices

02 Apr 2014

For info. & tickets visit


Carers First Job Opportunity

Carers First Job Opportunity

06 Mar 2014

Carers FIRST in Kent & Medway deliver significant Carer Support and Assessment services in the South West Kent, Dartford, Gravesham & Swanley and Medway. 


Salary £24,646 - £26,276   37 Hours



Women of Kent

Women of Kent

07 Feb 2014

The 23rd Women of Kent Luncheon. Wednesday 14th May 2014

Venue: Mercure Great Danes Hotel

This years Speaker is Joanna Trollope


Play our 500 Club Lottery

Play our 500 Club Lottery

24 Jun 2013

Please Play our 500 Club Lottery and help support our projects.

This week we had our 2nd 500 club draw! Congratulations to Mrs Miall who won £50! Also to Mr Gould who won £20 & Mrs Watson, Ms Reeson & Mrs Richards who all won £10!


The Kent Volunteers Advisory Group's Newletter

10 Jun 2013

The Kent Volunteers Advisory Group’s newsletter, Get Involved, has lots of inspirational stories and information about volunteering across Kent. VAWK is thrilled to see Weekend Fun Clubs, Safe, 121 Young Carers and Business in the Community included.


“Strictly is back on in Tunbridge Wells”

Strictly is back on in Tunbridge Wells

06 Mar 2013

Thursday 24 th April, 22 nd May, 26 th June, 24 th July

Time 2pm  - 4.30pm Venue The Camden Centre, Tunbridge Wells

Cost £2.50 per person No need to book turn up on the day


VAWK Impact Report 2012

VAWK Impact Report 2012

06 Nov 2012

To view our 2012 Impact Report please click here


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"I was feeling quite stressed and just needed time out for myself. I joined the 121 Young Carers Project and i've found it much easier to cope - it's good to have other people my own age to share problems with."

A young carer

Who is a Young Carer?

Young Carers are a child or young person looking after a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health issues, or drug and alcohol issue. Young Carers take on practical and/or emotional caring responsibilities that would be the same as an adult carer.

What does a Young Carer do?

The caring can involve physical care such as personal care for a parent, giving medication, helping someone get up, get dressed or to get around. Or it could mean providing emotional support for someone who has a mental health problem or substance addiction. In addition, many Young Carers are also responsible for looking after younger brothers and sisters and household chores, including budgeting and managing money.


How can their caring role affect them?

Invisible Young Carers that have not been identified can become frustrated by the pressures they are under, this can lead to a domino effect including tiredness, loneliness, disruption in school and often low attendance, most importantly no time to be a child or young person or simply to have fun and relax.

What can 121 Young Carers do to help?

They support Young Carers aged 8-18 in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley by providing;

  • Home visits
  • Meet other young people in similar situations
  • Positive group activities and outings e.g. to the theatre, Bowling, Ice Skating
  • Regular Chill Clubs
  • Workshops e.g.  emotional wellbeing, self-esteem, money management
  • Opportunity to join the 121 Young Carers Forum

Contact Details

Voluntary Action Within Kent
17-19 Monson Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent,

01892 530330
01892 532539

Offices also throughout Kent and Medway

Registered charity number 1108388
Registered company number 5354482