THREE SUTTONS HELPLINE A voluntary good neighbour scheme offering lifts to hospital, doctor, dentist, chiropodist, shopping, collecting prescriptions, occasional gardening.Telephone: 01622 843235, 843530, 842436, 843248
THE THREE SUTTONS SOCIETY
The society meets six times a year at 8 p.m, usually on the first Wednesday of the month from October to April (exc January). Meetings are usually held in the Music School at Sutton Valence Public School (the first building on the far right at the end of the entrance drive). There is plenty of parking space and the venue is well signed. Each meeting consists of a talk, usually illustrated, lasting for about an hour with light refreshments at the end of each talk. A wide range of topics is covered, some local history or conservation interest.
Should you wish to join as a full member the subscription is £6 per annum. However, you can attend as a visitor (usually £2 per meeting).
For more information telephone 01622 843233
KENT BENEFITS PARTNERSHIP
Are you throwing money away?
Make sure you don’t pay too much Council Tax or rent.
Around 30,000 people in Kent are paying too much Council Tax, are you one of them?
The Kent Benefits Partnership was set up by all the councils in Kent and Medway. Our role is to help people claim the money they were missing out on in Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit.
Entitlement to Council Tax Benefit and Housing Benefit is based on your income, your savings and your circumstances. You have to have less than £16,000 in savings (unless you receive Guarantee Pension Credit). The amount of income you can have will vary depending on your circumstances and the amount of Council Tax or rent you pay. However, occupational pensions or low earnings do not necessarily mean you wouldn’t get any help.
The Kent Benefits Partnership has an office in Maidstone with trained officers able to work out whether you might be able to get some help with either your Council Tax or rent. We have links to the majority of benefit systems in Kent and Medway and normally process your claim in our office. There is also a Visiting Officer available to come to your home and help fill in the forms. We need to see a number of documents to support your application and the Visiting Officer is able to photograph these in your home so you do not have to worry about your documents leaving your sight.
For more information call The Kent Benefits Partnership on 0845 345 0310 or go to www.kentbenefits.org
KENT HEALTH WATCH
08458 247 103
KHW is a service established by KCC in partnership with the NHS in Kent to help local residents express their views about health and social care in the county and get through to the right people.
The NHS takes comments and concerns that it receives very seriously and KHW will provide another route by which people can make their voice heard. KHW will:
- Act as a signposting service that points callers in the right direction
- Help ensure that all feedback about health and social care services in Kent – including compliments and complaints, comments and concerns – are captured in the most appropriate manner
- Help the NHS to ensure that all public views and suggestions are taken into account and thus help to improve services
- Add to and enhance, rather than replace, existing services
KHW will cover all health and social care services delivered within the county along with services commissioned for Kent residents but provided elsewhere. It will help carers to understand where they can make and progress compliments or complaints, comments or concerns.
KHW will operate 24hrs a day, 7 days a week, by telephone, text or email. It will operate like a directory enquiry service helping people to get through to the right contact whenever they want to make comments about health or social care.