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Support services for carers

Carers week 2021

There are around 22,500 people caring in Medway. From 7 to 13 June 2021, Carer's FIRST will be inviting other organisations from the community to recognise our unpaid carers.

Some of the organisations invited are:

  • health and care services
  • schools
  • employers
  • businesses.

Carers FIRST is commissioned to deliver the carer support service on behalf of Medway Council. Their mission is to support and recognise carers during carers week.


They are running lots of activities across the week via Zoom. This is to bring together carers of all ages.

Thursday 10 June:

  • drawing class for young carers (under 12s): 4.30pm to 5.30pm
  • talk from motivational speaker Jillian Haslam (under 25s): 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Friday 11 June:

  • afternoon tea and a session on relaxation and mindfulness: 2pm to 3pm.

More information

To find out more about how you can take part, contact Carers First:

Carers FIRST

Carers FIRST supports carers living in Medway by providing information, advice and guidance. Caring for someone can be a rewarding experience, but it can be difficult without the right support. If you’re struggling, you can talk to someone and discuss what support you may need.

Carers FIRST offers support with:

  • conversations with people including GPs, social services and hospitals
  • opportunities to access practical training to help you with your care role such as first aid
  • your household income by checking your eligibility for benefits and financial support
  • support groups and activities to meet others in a similar situation
  • by contacting our Carers Hub phone line, website, monthly e-bulletins and 'What's On' guides
  • applications for the Kent and Medway Carers Emergency Card
  • opportunities for carers to get involved in helping develop and improve services for carers.

You can contact Carers FIRST Monday to Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Fridays from 9am to 4.30pm by phoning 0300 303 1555 or emailing

Find out more on the Carers FIRST website

Learn about the important role of Medway carers in our community, and how they can be supported through the Better Care Fund:

Carers Emergency Card

The Carers Emergency Card gives immediate access to pre-arranged planned care. This gives carers confidence that the person would be looked after if they were taken ill or involved in an accident.

Carers are given the emergency card and always carry it so it can be used as identification in an accident or sudden illness.

In an emergency, anyone can phone the number on the card and quote the unique registration number printed on the card. The call is received by Kent County Council’s 24-hour contact centre who can use the registration number to access the carer's pre-arranged emergency plan and put it into action.

Apply for a Kent and Medway Carers Emergency Card