In Medway there are many support services available that reflect themes or subjects that our work touches on.

There is always support out there – here’s where to find it.

Macmillan cancer support

Macmillan Cancer Support offers free, confidential support to people living with cancer and their loved ones. If you need to talk, they'll listen: 08088080000

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The National Autistic Society Helpline

This Autism Helpline provides impartial, confidential information along with advice and support for people with autistic spectrum disorders and their families and carers.

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Gillingham Street Angels

Gillingham Street Angels are a small grassroots charity founded in 2018. Their mission is helping the homeless, needy, and vulnerable people of all ages in the Medway towns. From their shop in Gillingham, they supply food parcels, clothes, bedding, and general household items.

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Home-Start Medway

Home-Start Medway provides unique services for families with children across Medway. Being a parent, whatever your situation, can be very difficult, especially when children are young. Many parents feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the stresses of family life, particularly if they have little support from family and friends when they need it most. For some parents it’s a particular struggle because they are also having to cope with issues such as post-natal depression, their or their child’s illness or disability, isolation, multiple birth or financial worries. Home-Start Medway can help.

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Medway African and Caribbean Association

This non-profit organisation in Medway is dedicated to charity work. The associations exists to: promote an awareness of African and Caribbean Culture, through arts, educational and social programmes, primarily for the benefit of it’s members but also accessible by the wider community. It also acts as a means of support to members on issues to do with racial harassment, undertaking prison visits, as well as many other functions.

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Abigail’s Footsteps

They are a baby loss charity with an aim to improve the care given around stillbirth and neonatal bereavement. With one in every 200 babies being stillborn (around 15 stillborn and neonatal deaths per day in the UK), they understand that Britain's figures are among the worst in the developed world and work to provide support.

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Brown Bread Collective

The Brown Bread Collective is a group of individuals based in Kent who believe that open conversations about death, dying and bereavement are beneficial to mental health. They bring a wide collection of experiences, including working for charities, in healthcare settings and within community engagement. They run a variety of events including a monthly Death Cafe and community arts projects, to deliver their mission. They enjoy bringing people together for open conversation about death, dying and bereavement.

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Cruse Bereavement Care

Their Bereavement Volunteers offer bereaved people emotional and psychological support and help them understand what is happening to them. Support is provided for as long as it is appropriate, whether for one session or more and is tailored to meet the individual needs of each client. They arrange appointments at our offices in Maidstone or Medway or can visit clients in their own homes for those unable to travel.

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Men in Sheds Gillingham

They offer four or more themed sessions each week with opportunities to participate in a range of activities based on the interests of members. Most sessions are creative and practical with a strong social element. It is a great place to capture and pass on skills, build networks, get out of the house and do something of value.

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Medway Engagement Group And Network CIC (MEGAN)

MEGAN CIC aim to provide opportunities for people experiencing mental health issues to share their views and experiences. They offer peer support through group attendance and raise awareness of mental health and wellbeing to combat stigma and discrimination.

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Dance Alley School

Dance Alley first opened its doors in March 1993, with just a handful of pupils. Since that date it has grown to one of the biggest Dance Schools in the Medway Towns.

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Look Kloser

With a love of the arts and a passion for people; Look Kloser: Creative and Performing Arts aims to give people opportunities to explore their creative talents and interests. Led by Laura King, and as a company with a person centred approach, individuals and groups are mentored through a variety of creative processes.

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Wordsmithery is an independent literary arts organisation and publisher. Wordsmithery was founded with the aim of encouraging more people to get into writing and reading, and to work on interesting literary projects with individuals and community groups.

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Age UK Medway

Age UK Medway offers a wide variety of services for older people living within the Medway towns.

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Medway Adult Education

Learn a skill or a hobby with a Medway Adult Education course at Medway Adult Education in Rochester.

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Medway Foodbank

Medway Foodbank provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

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North Kent Mind is an independent mental health charity. They provide a wide range of services for people who experience mental health issues, whether these are described as anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Personality Disorder, or otherwise. They work with people individually or in small or large groups

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Citizens Advice Medway

Citizens Advice Medway is a registered charity that offers free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to the whole of Medway on a range of issues including Housing, Welfare Benefits, Employment, Debt, Family Law and more

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Headway for Medway

Headway for Medway is a social and information support service for people who have suffered a brain injury.

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Related links


Medway 2025 City of Culture Bid

Medway Council: Arts in Medway

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