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Medway Libraries' subject guide to the internet for people, life situations and social welfare



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Employment and jobseekers



Forces and Military 

Government and politics 

Health and mental health 


Human Rights 



Life situations 

Older people





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Advice Guide - online help from The Citizens Advice Bureau (www.adviceguide.org.uk/)Photo of a group of people standing

The Citizen's Advice Bureau have reproduced their excellent notes in abbreviated form.

Advicenow (www.advicenow.org.uk/)

An independent, not-for-profit website providing accurate, up-to-date information on rights and legal issues.

BBC - Advice (www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/advice)

Provides impartial information on sex, drugs and relationships, travel, work health and money as well as college and university details.

Contact a Family  (www.cafamily.org.uk/)

The only UK-wide charity providing advice, information and support to the parents of all disabled children - no matter what their health condition. We also enable parents to get in contact with other families, both on a local and national basis.

Kent Police - advice (www.kent.police.uk/advice/)

Advice on safety from Kent Police.

Life in the UK test (www.gov.uk/life-in-the-uk-test)

This is the only official government service for booking the Life in the UK Test. You need to take the test as part of your application for British citizenship or settlement in the UK.

Money Supermarket (https://www.moneysupermarket.com/debt/)

Money Supermarket are an independent price comparison website regulated by the FCA and Ofgem providing advice on debt issues including Bankruptcy, IVA's and Debt management plans.

On Divorce (www.ondivorce.co.uk/)

Practical help for people who need to deal with divorce.

Relate (www.relate.org.uk/)

Offers advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone and through the website.

Samaritans (http://www.samaritans.org/)

If you need someone to talk to, and don't know where to turn, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide (www.uk-sobs.org.uk/)

A helpful site for those who have been bereaved by suicide.

Which mortgage advisors (http://mortgageadvisers.which.co.uk/)

The variety of different mortgage products on offer can be confusing. Which advisers take the time to understand your unique circumstances to help you find the right mortgage for you. The advice is always impartial and independent.

Medway ethnic minority Forum (http://memf.co.uk/)

The group acts as the representative body for the ethnic minority communities in Medway, and to  promote understanding and awareness of their diverse cultural needs.


Children and parenting

BBC - Parenting  (www.bbc.co.uk/parenting)Photo of mother and child playing with toys

Everything the parent needs to know, from pregnancy to the first day at school.

Fatherhood Institute (www.fatherhoodinstitute.org/)

The UK's fatherhood think-tank.

Medway Family Information Service  (www.medwayfisd.com/)

A resource designed to assist parents, practitioners, children and young people in being able to access and utilise a range of resources and activities in the area.

Medway Libraries for Children and Young People

Area of Medway Libraries' webpages dedicated to children and young people.

Medway Safeguarding Children Board (www.mscb.org.uk/)

A statutory multi-agency organisation which brings together a range of agencies who work to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people up to the age of eighteen years in Medway.

Dr. Miriam Stoppard (www.miriamstoppard.com/)

A good parenting site which is continually updated. It contains advice on pregnancy and family health.

NCT pregnancy and baby care (www.nct.org.uk/)

Everything you need to know about pregnancy and baby care.

Net Mums (www.netmums.com/)

Net mums is a unique local network for Mums (or Dads), offering a wealth of information on both a national and local level.

Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (www.pacey.org.uk/)

Formerly the National Childminding Association. Provides information and support to registered childminders and information for parents looking for a childminder.

Parentport (www.parentport.org.uk)

Seen or heard something unsuitable for children? Maybe it was a programme on TV or online, a film, an advert, a video game or something in a magazine. At ParentPort you can find out about the standards we expect from the media, make a complaint and share your views.

Show me! (www.show.me.uk/)

Museums for children: play games, download information and get ideas for activities to do at home.

Which? - Birth Choice (www.which.co.uk/birth-choice/)

Helps you decide where you want to give birth. Understand your birth options, learn about how you can shape your birth experience, and find the best place for your needs.

Working Families (www.workingfamilies.org.uk)

Working Families is a charity providing information to help parents balance work and family life.

Yahoo! - Kids (http://kids.yahoo.com/)

Children's search engine from Yahoo! A good range of categories, both for educational and leisure topics.

Consumer information

Consumer rights (https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/consumer/)

The Citizens Advice Bureau provides factsheets on consumer rights.

Money Saving Expert  (www.moneysavingexpert.com)

How to save money - credit cards, shopping, banking, insurance, travel, mortgages, etc.

Say No to 0870 (www.saynoto0870.com/)

The site lists many well known companies, and their equivalent geographical numbers.

Which? (www.which.co.uk)

Consumer guides.



Photo of handcuffsCrime, justice and the law (https://www.gov.uk/browse/justice)

GOV.UK offers information on legal processes, courts and the police.

Crimestoppers - Most Wanted (https://crimestoppers-uk.org/most-wanted)

Help the police track criminals. Includes photos, CCTV footage and descriptions of suspected criminals. Information can be submitted anonymously.

HM Prison Service (www.justice.gov.uk/about/hmps)

Information and advice for family and friends of prisoners.

Parole Board (http://www.paroleboard.gov.uk/)

Independent body advising on the release or continued custody of prisoners. With links to other sites useful to both prisoners and victims of crime.

Victim Support (https://www.victimsupport.org.uk/)

National charity giving free and confidential help to victims of crime, witnesses, their family, friends and anyone else affected across England and Wales.



Ability net (www.abilitynet.co.uk)Photo of a wheelchair

National charity helping disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology.

Association for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (www.asbah.org/)

Practical support and advice for people with spina bifida or hydrocephalus.

British Dyslexia Association (www.bdadyslexia.org.uk)

Website of the British Dyslexia Association. Includes news and events.

Child Brain Injury Trust (www.childbraininjurytrust.org.uk)

Offers information, advice and support to families of children who have an acquired brain injury.

Dyspraxia Foundation (www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk)

Support for children, teenagers, adults and carers affected by Dyspraxia.

Kent Association for the Blind (www.kab.org.uk)

Provides services to people who are visually impaired. This includes a toy library, social, sports and leisure clubs.

Listening Books (www.listening-books.org.uk)

Listening Books provides a postal and internet based audiobook library service to people who cannot read. in the usual way.

Live It Well (http://www.liveitwell.org.uk/)

An information service for adults with low to moderate social care needs and their carers. This includes older people, people with learning or physical disabilities, mental health difficulties and people with long term disabling health conditions.

Microsoft Accessibility (www.microsoft.com/enable/)

Discover accessibility settings that are already on your PC, and make your computer more comfortable, and easier to see, hear, and use.

National Autistic Society (www.autism.org.uk)

The website includes information about autism and Asperger syndrome, the NAS and its services and activities.

Reading sight (www.readingsight.org.uk/)

Reading Sight has been created to support librarians, teachers, voluntary workers and anyone interested in helping people with sight loss get access to reading and reading services.

The Royal National Institute for Deaf People (www.rnid.org.uk)

Information for people with hearing impairments. A nice feature is a demonstration of fingerspelling.

The Royal National Institute of Blind People (www.rnib.org.uk)

Supporting blind and partially sighted people.

Scope (www.scope.org.uk)

Information for people with cerebral palsy, their families and carers.

Sense (www.sense.org.uk)

"The world's largest organisation working with and campaigning for deafblind people, their families and professionals who work with them."


Employment and Jobseekers

Photo of a woman shaking hands

Adzuna (https://www.adzuna.co.uk/)

Search for jobs across the UK and beyond.

BBC - Career Test (www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/careers/)

A short test to help you discover which careers should suit you.

Caterer (www.caterer.com/)

Hospitality job seeking and career advice.

GOV.UK for jobseekers (https://www.gov.uk/browse/working/finding-job)

GOV.UK provides links for jobseekers and a CV builder

The Daphne Jackson Trust (www.daphnejackson.org/)

Helping scientists, engineers and IT specialists to return to work after career breaks.

Kent Jobs (www.kentjobs.co.uk/)

Kent Messenger's job website.

Learn Direct CV builder (http://learndirect.co.uk/improve-your-job-prospects/help-getting-job/getting-your-cv-right/)

CV guide.

LG Jobs (www.lgjobs.com/)

Job search for local government jobs.

Next Step (https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx)

Next Step is a publicly funded service, helping adults get the advice they need for future skills, careers, work and life choices.

Medway Family Information Service  (www.medwayfisd.com/)

Job vacancies in Medway childcare settings are listed here and updated weekly. 

Medway Youth Trust (www.themytrust.org)

Provides information support and guidance about work and training for young people in Medway

Prospects (www.prospects.ac.uk/types_of_jobs.htm)

Choosing a career is the most important part of any job search. There are approximately 400 job profiles that you can use to help you make an informed career choice and gain a better understanding of what's involved in a wide range of jobs.

Step into the NHS (www.stepintothenhs.nhs.uk/)

Designed to help 14 to19-year-olds to choose a career in the NHS.

Women into Science and Engineering (www.wisecampaign.org.uk/)

Promotes Science and Engineering as a career to women of all ages, from school leavers to Women Returners. Provides support, role models and financial assistance.

Zoek (https://zoek.uk/)

A fresh, new job search website that learns a job seeker's preferences to provide better job matches.



Bahá'í (www.bahai.org)

The Bahá'í faith is one of the youngest of the world's major religions. 

BBC - Religion (www.bbc.co.uk/religion)

Includes guides to the UK's main religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Sikhism. Features links to religious news around the world.

BuddhaNet (http://buddhanet.net/)

BuddhaNet™ is the result of a vision to link up with the growing world-wide culture of people committed to the Buddha's teachings and lifestyle, as an on-line cyber sangha.

Catholic Church (www.catholic-ew.org.uk/)

The official national websites for the Catholic Church in England and Wales and in Scotland.

Dalai Lama (www.dalailama.com)

The official website of the Office of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama.  His Holiness is both the temporal and the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

Jewish Kent (www.jewishkent.org.uk)

Jewish Kent is an informal grouping of the various Jewish communities in Kent which was established in 2004 to promote the richness of Jewish life in the county and to promote friendship and cooperation between its different communities.

The Church of England (www.churchofengland.org)

Website for the church with information about faith, religious services and voluntary service.

The Sikhism Home Page (www.sikhs.org)

Website focused on Sikhism.

Taoism Initiation Page (www.taopage.org)

Information and resources on Tao and Taoism.

Unitarians in Britain (www.unitarian.org.uk)

Official website for the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches.

The Vatican (www.vatican.va/phome_en.htm)

The official website from The Vatican.

World Prayers (www.worldprayers.org)

Prayers from all over the world.



Bank of England (www.bankofengland.co.uk)Photo of a pile of bank notes

The Bank sets interest rates to keep inflation low, issues banknotes and works to maintain a stable financial system.

BBC - Business Your Money (www.bbc.co.uk/news/business/your_money)

Advice on mortgages, tax, savings, pensions, investments and managing debt.

The Financial Times Stock Exchange (FTSE International) (www.ftse.com)

The Financial Times Stock Exchange site. FTSE International is the world's leading index calculation specialist, calculating thousands of indices, some 100 in real time. An enormous amount of free information on stock exchange trading.

HM Revenue and Customs - Exchange Rates (www.hmrc.gov.uk/exrate)

Search for historical and current exchange rates.

HM Revenue and Customs - Rates and Allowances (www.hmrc.gov.uk/rates)

Tax rates and tax allowances information.

HM Treasury (www.hm-treasury.gov.uk)

Her Majesty's Treasury (commonly known as HM Treasury) is the United Kingdom's economics and finance ministry.

International Monetary Fund (IMF) (www.imf.org)

IMF Home page with links to News, About the IMF, Fund Rates, IMF Publications, What's New, Standards and Codes, Country Information and featured topics.

Look after the pennies (http://www.learnmyway.com/learn-more/look-after-the-pennies)

A great course that will help you make the most of your money - and it has been developed especially with older people in mind.

The Money Advice Service Health Check (https://healthcheck.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/?utm_source=MLAExt&utm_medium=Website&utm_campaign=NP-GH)

Answer some straightforward questions about you and your money and this free confidential health check will set out what you can do in easy steps. It takes just five to 10 minutes, doesn’t involve any paperwork, and your answers are confidential.

Pensions Ombudsman (www.pensions-ombudsman.org.uk)

For anyone with serious problems regarding their pension.

Pensions Regulator (www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk)

The UK regulator of work-based pension schemes.

The Pension Service  (www.thepensionservice.gov.uk)

Information from the department for Work and Pensions.

Forces and military

British Army  (www.army.mod.uk)

Official website of the British Army. Includes information on careers, the equipment and role of the Army, current operations and regimental histories

Forces reunited (www.forcesreunited.co.uk)

This is the largest database of Forces and ex-Forces personnel on the web. It has a remembrance/memorial section where you can leave a memorial for someone killed in battle.

Royal Navy  (www.royalnavy.mod.uk/)

Official website of the Royal Navy.

Royal Air Force  (www.raf.mod.uk)

Official site of the junior military service including aircraft, stations, history, current news and links to associated websites.

Government and politics

Audit commission (www.audit-commission.gov.uk)Photo of Big Ben

The Audit Commission is a public corporation set up in 1983 to protect the public purse. Includes information on Best Value initiative.

ePetitions (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/

An easy way for you to influence government policy in the UK. You can create an e-petition about anything that the government is responsible for and if it gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be eligible for debate in the House of Commons.

GOV.UK (https://www.gov.uk/)

Online access to a wide range of government information and services, all in one place.

The Green Party (www.greenparty.org.uk)

Home page of the Green Party of England and Wales.

The Labour Party (www.labour.org.uk)

This is the home page of the Labour Party.

The Liberal Democrat Party (www.libdems.org.uk)

This is the home page of the Liberal Democrat Party.

Local Government Association (www.local.gov.uk)

This website is a good starting point for information on all areas affecting local government.

Medway Council

Official website for Medway Council.

They work for you (www.theyworkforyou.com)

An easy way to keep up-to-date on and communicate with parliament, elected MPs, and their unelected Peers.

UK Parliament (www.parliament.uk)

United Kingdom Parliament's website, with information about the Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

UK Acts and Statutory Instruments  (www.legislation.gov.uk/)

All the Statutory Instruments since 1987 and Acts from 1267.

Vote for Policies (http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/)

Vote for Policies makes it easy to compare what the political parties are promising to do. It helps you make an informed, unbiased decision about who to vote for. Find out which party you really support...

The White House (www.whitehouse.gov)

Information about American government, including political history.


Health and mental health

A Better Medway (www.abettermedway.co.uk)

Take one small easy step towards feeling healthier and happier. A partnership between NHS Medway and Medway Council.

BBC - Body mass index (BMI) calculator (www.bbc.co.uk/health/tools/bmi_calculator/bmi.shtml)

Calculate your body mass index, which is an indicator of how healthy you are.

Breast Cancer Care (www.breastcancercare.org.uk)

Plenty of information about breast checks and cancer.

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (www.bant.org.uk)

The professional body for nutritional therapists - useful for finding local therapists to treat food allergy and intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, diet problems etc.

British Dental Health Foundation (www.dentalhealth.org)

The Foundation is the leading UK-based independent charity working to bring about improved standards of oral health care.

British National Formulary  (www.bnf.org/)

Provides authoritative and practical information on the selection and clinical use of medicines in a clear, concise and accessible manner. You need to register, but it's free.

British Nutrition Foundation (www.nutrition.org.uk)

A charity promoting "the nutritional wellbeing of society through the ... effective dissemination of scientifically based nutritional knowledge and advice." Lots of food information, including about how to lose weight sensibly.

Carers UK (www.carersuk.org)

Carers UK is the voice of carers. Carers provide unpaid care by looking after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. Carers UK campaign to get them the practical, financial and emotional support they need.

KCA Medway - mental health (http://www.kca.org.uk/)

KCA offers innovative drug, alcohol and mental health services including; adult substance misuse services, young persons’ services, mental health services, training and conference organisation

Live It Well (http://www.liveitwell.org.uk/)

An information service for adults with low to moderate social care needs and their carers. This includes older people, people with learning or physical disabilities, mental health difficulties and people with long term disabling health conditions.

Macmillan Cancer Support (www.macmillan.org.uk)

Macmillan Cancer Support improves the lives of people affected by cancer, providing practical, medical and financial support and push for better cancer care.

Marie Stopes International  (www.mariestopes.org.uk)

Detailed information on abortion, contraception, female sterilisation, vasectomy and health screening.

Medway Sports Page (http://www.medway.gov.uk/leisurecultureandsport/sport.aspx)

Your one-stop shop for sports and activity ideas in Medway. Search what's going on for events or search all activities. Help make yourself, and Medway, healthier and more active today.

MEGAN Medway Engagement Group and Network (http://www.megancic.org.uk/)

Provides support, including peer support, for people with mental health issues during their recovery, and provides opportunities for service users to participate in local service planning and development

MIND (www.mind.org.uk)

Mind is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales. We work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress.

The National Blood Service (www.blood.co.uk)

All about blood, including how and where to donate blood in England and North Wales.

National Centre for Eating Disorders (www.eating-disorders.org.uk)

The Centre offers counselling for eating disorders. This particular link gives information about anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, and other disorders.

NHS Choices (www.nhs.uk)

This website has been developed to help you make choices about your health, from lifestyle decisions about things like smoking, drinking and exercise, through to the practical aspects of finding and using NHS services.

Parkinson's Disease Society (www.parkinsons.org.uk)

Information for people with Parkinson's disease.

PubMed (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed)

PubMed is a version of the Medline database produced by the National Institute of Health in the USA. It indexes over 4,000 biomedical journals from 1966 to date. Suitable for people who've already done a bit of reading around a medical subject.

Reading Agency - Reading Well (https://readingagency.org.uk/adults/quick-guides/reading-well/)

The Reading Well bibliotherapy scheme is for people living with or supporting those with a mental health condition or dementia. A fifth booklist for people with long term health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or breathing difficulties will be released in July 2017.

Smoke Free (http://www.nhs.uk/smokefree)

Stop smoking, start living

Local Stop Smoking Services (http://www.abettermedway.co.uk/smokefree.aspx)

Offering support to those giving up smoking.

The Stress Management Society (www.stress.org.uk)

At the Stress Management Society, it is our mission to help combat stress through the latest knowledge, ideas, services and products that make all the difference.


Hanover (www.hanover.org.uk/)

The Hanover Group's mission is to ensure that older people have access to appropriate, affordable housing.

Kent Home Choice (www.kenthomechoice.org.uk)

Kent Homechoice is the choice based lettings service for all council and housing association homes in Kent and Medway.

Homecheck (www.homecheck.co.uk)

Tap in your postcode and see if you're living on contaminated land. Fascinating site.

Medway Council - Housing

Medway Council's housing department.

Net House Prices (www.nethouseprices.com)

House prices in your area, as recorded by the Land Registry. A good way to find out what your house is worth.

Human rights

Amnesty International  (www.amnesty.org)

Worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.

Council of Europe - committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment  (www.cpt.coe.int/en/)

This is the official website of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

The United Nations - Human Rights  (www.un.org/en/rights)

United Nations' human rights webpage.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ)

The Beaumont Society (www.beaumontsociety.org.uk)

The purposes of the Beaumont Society are to form an association of those who crossdress, are transvestite or transsexual, and, through this association, to provide a means of help and communication between members, in order to reduce emotional stress, eliminate the guilt and so aid better understanding of them by their families and friends.

Depend (http://www.depend.org.uk/)

An organisation offering free, confidential and non-judgemental advice, information and support to all family members, spouses, partners and friends of transsexual people in the UK

DIVA (www.divamag.co.uk/)

First published in 1994, DIVA magazine aims to deliver the best information, inspiration and online shopping to lesbians everywhere. It aims to provide excellence in innovation, information and entertainment for all their customers, and to make them feel individually special, and connected to our wider community.

The Gay Business Association (www.gba.org.uk)

Provides training for LGBT professionals in legal, marketing, business development and employment issues. The GBA provides networking opportunities to make useful business contacts, and works together with Government and others to develop the gay market and encourage gay-owned start-ups.

Gay Times (www.gaytimes.co.uk)

Founded in 1984, Gay Times magazine is probably the longest established gay magazine in the world. The magazine covers lifestyle and current affairs, featuring style, interviews, comment, music and arts.

Gendered Intelligence (http://genderedintelligence.co.uk/)

Work to increase understandings of gender diversity, by delivering trans youth programmes, support for parents and carers, professional development and trans awareness training for all sectors and educational workshops for schools, colleges, Universities and other educational settings.

Gendy's Network (www.gender.org.uk/gendys)

A network for all who have encountered gender identity problems personally, transsexuals, transgendered people and gender dysphoric people of either sex, and for those who provide care, both professional and lay. Contains an excellent list of online resources and support groups in the United Kingdom.

Gender Identity Research and Education Society (www.gires.org.uk)

Gender Identity Research and Education Society. Information for trans people, their families and the professionals who care for them

The Green Carnation prize (http://greencarnationprize.com/)

Celebrating the best LGBT writing published during the past year, including memoir, poetry and non-fiction.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation (www.lgf.org.uk)

Contains information for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transvestite communities on sexual health, well being, groups and events.

LGBT History Month (http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/)

LGBT History Month is celebrated every February, as an opportunity for all of us to learn more about the histories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Britain and Northern Ireland.

LGBT resources (https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/LGBhealth/Pages/Mentalhealth.aspx)

A listing of national and local organisations that help and support the specific needs of the LGBT communities.

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard (http://switchboard.lgbt/)

Provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual, trans people and anyone who needs to consider issues around their sexuality.

Medway Gender and Sexual Diversity Centre (http://www.mgsd-centre.org/)

Offer advice, support and health and well-being services for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender & Intersex People or People Questioning their Gender or Sexuality.

Medway libraries - LGBTQ stock (https://medway.spydus.co.uk/cgi-bin/spydus.exe/ENQ/OPAC/BIBENQ/31622667?CGF=LGBTQ*LGBTQ)

A hyperlink to the full listing of LGBTQ+ friendly books at Medway Libraries.

Mermaids (www.mermaidsuk.org.uk)

Family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues.

Stonewall (www.stonewall.org.uk)

Working for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.

Sylvia Rivera Law Project (https://srlp.org/)

Works to guarantee that all people are free to self-determine gender identity and expression, regardless of income or race, and without facing harassment, discrimination or violence.

UK Intersex Association (http://www.ukia.co.uk/)

UKIA is an education, advocacy, campaigning and support organisation that works on behalf of intersexed people, individuals born with anatomy or physiology which differ from contemporary ideals of what constitutes "normal" male and female. 



HM Courts and Tribunal Service (www.justice.gov.uk)

Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service was created on 1 April 2011. It brings together Her Majesty's Courts Service and the Tribunals Service into one integrated agency providing support for the administration of justice in courts and tribunals.

InfoLaw (www.infolaw.co.uk)

Contains information for lawyers, but acts as a useful gateway to sites about UK law.

UK Acts and Statutory Instruments  (www.legislation.gov.uk/)

All the Statutory Instruments since 1987 and Acts from 1267.

Life situations

A Kentish Ceremony (http://www.akentishceremony.com/)

A perfect resource to planning a wedding in Kent. Everything you need to know; venues, fairs and links to other websites.  From Kent County Council.

The Bereavement Register (www.the-bereavement-register.org.uk)

If you're still receiving post for someone who has died, you can get their names removed from many mailing lists by supplying details to the bereavement register.

Medway Birth, Death and Marriage Registration

Medway Register Office webpages.

National Association of Funeral Directors  (www.nafd.org.uk)

Allows you to search for funeral directors by town or postcode.

Respect (www.respect.uk.net)

UK membership association for domestic violence perpetrator programmes and associated support services.

They also have support services and advice for male victims of domestic violence.

Older couple laptop

Older people

50 Connect (www.50connect.co.uk)

A fun interactive portal for the over 50's.

Age UK (www.ageuk.org.uk)

Advice and information for older people.

Alzheimer's Society (https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/)

The UK's leading dementia support and research charity, offering information and support to anyone affected by any form of dementia

DEEP (http://dementiavoices.org.uk/)

The Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project

Dementia UK (https://www.dementiauk.org/)

Specialist one-to-one support. Expert advice. Admiral Nurses who work hand in hand with families.

Hanover (www.hanover.org.uk)

The Hanover Group's mission is to ensure that older people have access to appropriate, affordable housing.

Live It Well (www.liveitwell.org.uk)

An information service for adults with low to moderate social care needs and their carers. This includes older people, people with learning or physical disabilities, mental health difficulties and people with long term disabling health conditions.

Medway Dementia Action Alliance (https://www.dementiaaction.org.uk/local_alliances/11444_medway_dementia_action_alliance)

To help improve the lives of people affected by dementia, in the Medway area.

Ricability (www.ricability.org.uk)

An independent research charity which publishes practical, actionable and unbiased guides for older and disabled consumers based on research.

Young Dementia UK (https://www.youngdementiauk.org/)

To help people whose lives are affected by young onset dementia


The Guardian - University Guide (www.guardian.co.uk/education/universityguide)

Provides rankings of UK universities by subject. Interactive site that allows some manipulation of the rankings according to your own criteria.

Medway Youth Trust (www.medwayyouthtrust.org)

Working to improve the life chances of young people, to offer advice about Health, housing, safety, working and learning.

Teen Issues  (www.teenissues.co.uk)

TeenIssues was formed to offer a unique reference point on what teenagers want to know. TeenIssues contains over 110 articles all written by a team of experts and around 10 new articles are added each month.


Council for Voluntary Service  (www.cvsmedway.org.uk/)

Enables supports and builds a thriving voluntary and community sector in Medway.

Do-it: volunteering made easy (www.do-it.org.uk/)

Search through volunteering opportunities and apply online

Hands & Gillingham Volunteer Centre (www.gillinghamvolunteercentre.com/

Helping volunteers to find suitable volunteering roles and offering advice and support to local organisations in the recruitment of volunteers

i-volunteer (http://ivo.org/)

Connects people & organisations who want to change the world

NCVO National Council for Voluntary Organisations (https://www.ncvo.org.uk/)

Championing volunteering & civil society

Timebank (http://timebank.org.uk/)

National volunteering charity helping to improve people’s volunteering experience with details of volunteering opportunities nationwide

Vinspired (http://vinspired.com/?gclid=CNKKyfT_7LUCFeXKtAodGU8AEQ)

Volunteering opportunities for 16 – 25 year olds

Women's Institute (www.thewi.org.uk/)

The largest and best known voluntary organisation for women in the UK.



The Daphne Jackson Trust (www.daphnejackson.org/)Photo of woman stretching

Helping scientists, engineers and IT specialists to return to work after career breaks.

The F word (www.thefword.org.uk)

The United Kingdom's leading website dedicated to all aspects of contemporary feminism.

Fawcett Society  (www.fawcettsociety.org.uk)

Fawcett works for change on issues at the heart of women's daily experience.

International Museum of Women (www.imow.org)

A site about women's role in history, art and culture

IWD (International Womens day) (https://www.internationalwomensday.com/)

International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Totally 4 Women (http://totally4women.com/)

A dynamic independent website 'for women who weren’t born yesterday', an online home for women looking to move on in their lives.

UN Women (www.unwomen.org)

UN Women is the United Nations organisation dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.

V-Day - Until the Violence Stops  (http://www.vday.org)

V-Day raises funds and awareness for UK and international charities preventing violence towards women and children.

Women at War (http://caber.open.ac.uk/schools/stanway/index.html)

The role of women at work during World War Two.

Women in Publishing  (www.womeninpublishing.org.uk)

The group offers support and training to women interested in or working in publishing and related trades.

Women into Science and Engineering (http://www.wisecampaign.org.uk/)

Promotes Science and Engineering as a career to women of all ages, from school leavers to Women Returners. Provides support, role models and financial assistance.

Women's Institute (www.thewi.org.uk)

The largest and best known voluntary organisation for women in the UK.

The Women's Library  (www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/)

A cultural centre housing the most extensive collection of women's history in the UK. The collections include books, pamphlets, periodicals, zines, artist books, audio-visuals, personal and organisational papers, objects, textiles and visual materials.