A better Medway
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There are many support services that can help you or someone you love to:

  • deal with feelings of loneliness
  • get advice on loneliness
  • make new connections.

Support available

Help available includes:

Befriending and companion services

Befriending Networks

Befriending Networks offers the opportunity to:

  • volunteer and become a befriender
  • find a befriender. 

Find out more about Befriending Networks.

Chatty Cafe Scheme

This scheme has cafes and other venues who have signed up to have a Chatter and Natter table. Customers can sit and socialise with others and make new friends. 

Find a chatty table

Ramblers Association

The association has information on local walking groups in your area.

Find a Ramblers walk near you


Re-engage offers a call companion service for older people who:

  • live alone
  • would enjoy a friendly phone call every week or 2. 

Join a re-engage group

Royal Voluntary Service

This service provide practical help and companionship to people who need it the most.

Find out more about the Royal Voluntary Service.

Volunteering Matters

You can find out information about how to find volunteering opportunities near you. 

Find a volunteering opportunity

Medway Voluntary Action Activities and Opportunities

Use the online directory to find activities and opportunities in Medway. 

Find volunteering activities and opportunities in Medway

Everyday Active Kent

Find opportunities to become more active in Medway with local group walks. The walks are led by a trained volunteer and are for people with:

  • a low level of activity
  • a long term health condition. 

Our walks are:

  • free and welcoming
  • accessible. 

Find more activities in Medway

Support for older people

Age UK

Age UK offer support and advice for older people including:

  • home care services
  • day care services
  • good day calls
  • activities and events.

Find support available at Age UK

Friends of the Elderly (FotE)

FotE offer year round support that includes:

  • care homes
  • day care services
  • grants for older people on low incomes. 

Find out more about FotE

The Silver Line

The Silver Line offers a free confidential helpline that's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The helpline can provide:

  • information
  • friendship
  • advice to older people. 

Find out more about The Silver Line

University of the Third Age (u3a)

U3a offers older people a chance to learn or do something new that interests them. 

Find out more about u3a

Support for people with deaf blindness


Sense supports people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities to:

  • communicate
  • experience the world
  • live to their full potential. 

Find out more about Sense

Mental health support


The Samaritans offer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week support for people without judgement or pressure. They offer support to:

  • people in crisis
  • communities in need.

Get support from Samaritans

Useful contacts


Mind have a support available if you're:

  • in a crisis
  • in need of support
  • looking for legal issue advice. 

Find help and advice with Mind