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Thanet's Families in Need ~ Founded July 2012
~ Non Profit community organisation for the people of Thanet.
Young and old, with or without family ~
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This page is full of information on all our services, updates and links to other pages
"Helping the people of Thanet in their time of need"
Thanet's Families In Need Community Support Service and Food Bank is a Non Profit Constituted Community Organisation.
We offer help in crisis to people and families all over Thanet including Ramsgate, Westgate, Margate, Broadstairs, Cliftonville....
One thing we at Thanet's Families in need is hugely proud of is the strength given to us through the support in the community which in turn has made us grow as an organisation and be able to give so much back to the community in many other ways.
We always have volunteers who are waiting and ready to help you in your time of crisis and hardship!!
At Thanet's Families In Need, our concern is real situations of hardship and crisis in Thanet and offering FREE help, support and understanding in any given situation for any ANYONE in need of that support in Thanet.
Single, couples or families in crisis in Thanet young or old.. ALL considered.
We have no set criteria here at Thanet's Families in Need with each case is taken on by its own individual circumstance.
We take referrals from agencies and service providers from all over Thanet and East Kent where ever we can help and more importantly have many links for which we can sign post service users on to should they wish for specialist services.
We not only offer you free support in physical hardship, but we also offer options for your mental and emotional issues. No matter what the situation is, we are here to help and give you will tools and tips to start you on the road to a better happier way of life wherever possible.
- Non funded - Totally relying on fundraising efforts and donations made by Palpal
- Voluntary led and run by the community for the community, fighting poverty and deprivation in Thanet
- Running 7 days a week since April 2013.
- Founded July 2012
- Constituted with mission statement
WE ARE PROUD TO SAY WE ARE THE ONLY SUPPORT SERVICE WHICH INCLUDES A 7 DAY A WEEK FOOD AND CLOTHING BANK IN THANET.
We were named 'The Gap Fillers' firstly by a cabinet member off KCC and also by the KCC's, KSAS commissioner in summer 2013 during a meeting to air concern from our Committee Chair and Vice Chair, points of view regarding the reforms and the multi million pound funded KSAS and its major flaws, with claims for urgent assistance for food and/or fuel taking an average of 14 - 21 days to get a response at that time. Figures they gave us showed we were helping more people in Thanet a day and the majority within 24 hours of asking for assistance, especially for food, clothing and even household goods in that time frame.
Helping us to help others.
<< Click here to donate direct to our Paypal account
Working with the advice and support from the Charity Commission to become a registered charity as hoped for by now but hampered by the delay of needing to reach and produce an annual income of at least £5000 in fundraising and donations.
This has not been a priority with the services and needs of the people of Thanet at the forefront but with demand ever growing, we are now ready to take the organisation to the next level after almost 4 years.
Over the last 12 months, our team has grown and with that comes some wonderful people including our fundraising and events team who raised well over £700 on their first event!
We were until the 18th December, partners in an exciting pilot scheme by East Kent Housing to support people moving into universal credit and also help with debt/money management, benefits and housing advice, helping with CV's, job applications ect
Disability Support, Food Bank and donations of essential items, sign posting to multi agencies we use, along with Turning Point and Step Up attending the hub on separate themed weeks.
We are now working with multi agencies including TDC, pressing forward with what the committee has been trying to highlight for well over 2 years with our last 2 previous council leaders which is the need for more community networking, emphasising how, with better local community networking we can bring a better service for both service providers and service users.
We at Thanet Families in need are here to offer free advice and support to anyone in Thanet with housing problems, benefits, employment, support before/during/after diagnosis, for the disabled, less able and for carers, young parents, single parents, new in Thanet, no food and hungry - we do emergency food parcels for those in Thanet, gaps in payment, domestic issues, care leavers, people in help with understanding your rights, help and support in confidential matters and many unforeseen circumstances that people of Thanet, Kent can now turn to us for help for.
We offer goal assessments for those facing more than one issue, we use a stepping stone to tackle each problem one by one. This can be a short term or long term support, whatever the situation we will do our best to meet your needs where possible.
Phone Line And Food Bank Available 24/7
Should you find you don't get through please do keep trying or email firstname.lastname@example.org
* No voicemails please
Due to the cuts 2013 backs within the benefits system, we have now been running a 24/7 food bank since April 2013 which began as a small part of our services at the end of 2012 offering dried, tinned, jarred foods, uht milk baby food ect for those in desperate need of food situated in Ramsgate but offering services the whole of Thanet.
Please use the contact us tab for a full list of contact details including a for those in Thanet requiring the food bank.
We aim to process donation requests and referrals including furniture, household items, children's and babies items ect with 2 working days the Thanet Food and emergency clothing bank requests within 24 hours with food bank prioritised.
Support and advice is available throughout the day so please feel free to get in touch.
To make a claim for help with donations please click here- Donation Request Form or call/text 07472 459457
- Remember we consider each request by its own circumstance.
- Working or on benefits in Thanet, we are here to help those in genuine need.
PLEASE NOTE - PROOF OF CIRCUMSTANCES MAY BE REQUIRED FOR DONATIONS
Here you can also find details of where you can drop your donations to help with Thanet's Food bank or any unwanted goods you may have that are reusable and can be passed on.
If you are having a clear out please think of us, helping us to help the people of Thanet as a community
~ Helping us to help others ~
Being non funded we rely on fundraising and help from the community to help us with the running costs of the organisation.
For more information on how you can donate and how your donations help us to help others, please click here Donating to us
Child, Adolesent and Adult disability, chronic illness and carers support in Thanet.
Do you care for children, young adults or or special needs in or around thanet?
Slowly one of our missions, support for those with disabilities in and around Thanet are going to be much more extensive and we want your input on all sides of what you would like to see.
We have been running a Thanet disability, mental health and silent illness support group for a while, most recently concentrating on adults only for a short period, using 'The Hub' in Ramsgate for a pilot scheme.
Join the Thanet Silent Illness Support Group for those suffering any physical or mental illness or disability..
Every Friday from 11am - 1pm (New Venue to be confirmed)
Children and Adolescent group details to follow
We are very sensory aware having a son going through diagnosis of ASD (Aspergers) and being disabled myself with a degenerative spine and M.S also with an in depth personal experience of depression and anxiety with many of our team also having experience or knowledge on many of the challenges that both carers and sufferers face and passionate about giving as much support to both carers and service users alike.
Our plans have for over 3 years now included disability respite for Thanet carers, work shops, support groups with one 2 one care plans for each service user also helping with day to day living skills and building on weakness's where possible teaching basic life skills. .
*Look out for blog page asking for your opinions
We will be updating the site regularly and blogging all news and events so be sure to keep coming back for our regular blogs, get involved and have your say!!!
Follow regular updates on our Facebook Page of events, useful links, community event and lots more
Click on this link below or in our tool bar to the side
Homelessness in Thanet
We run a rapid response service to rough sleepers and the homeless in Thanet with packages of essentials including a new sleeping bag, blanket, clothing, hat, socks, oil blanket, waterproof poncho, wet wipes and toiletries along with food with support and referrals if required to other agencies.
This winter the services have included helping homeless clients with referencing fees and emergency shelter costs for special cases whilst liaising with the council and porchlight.
We offer support, advice, referrals and sign posting for all areas of housing needs in Thanet.
Simply contact us.
Click on TFIN Community Swap Shop for more information on a project doing Thanet Swap Shop do try and promote recycling whilst saving money we have been doing since 2012.
** We are also available to bring this event to your club, school, organisation ect in and/or around Thanet - please get in touch.
~ We are looking for reputable companies who may be interested sponsoring our organisation soon to be charity now we have a position free.
You will have a link direct from our website to yours (average of 10,000 visitors per week and climbing)
Your name and website will be on our all our social networking pages and advertised regularly on our Facebook pages and with details placed on all our posters, leaflets, events ect.
If you are interested please get in touch via - email@example.com with some information on your business and how you would like to sponsor us.~
WE ALSO HAVE REGULAR TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES FOR OUR VOLUNTEERS
** All of our immediate team are DBS checked
We are trying to reach out to those who have no internet access and become stuck in a crisis needing help, the vulnerable and those who cannot even afford the cost of a call so if you require our service you can even use a pay phone with no money and call us.We are in the process of drawing up some new leaflets and posters with the new numbers to get out to places in the local area where possible service users can see them for if needed.
We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!
DONATIONS OF ITEMS VERY MUCH APPRECIATED .
CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US TO ARRANGE COLLECTION
We are setting up a tab for supporting local business's in and around Thanet, Kent to have a link on our website to you website or business page.
We are currently reaching over 4000 hits per WEEK on our website activity log.
We will be give you a space for up to 50 words and one picture/logo which we will have linked to your website or business page so our visitors can visit your business at the touch of a button for just £2.50 per week!!! ~
** Charities and community organisations in Thanet and Kent get your links on here for FREE now just contact us
We are very honored to have been approached by Waitrose LTD Ramsgate offering to be a donation point for our food bank services for a time last year.
Paul cox is a valued member of the team offering free donation collections and deliveries for Thanet Families in Need in his free time as well as building us our shelving for organised storage of our donation ready for when requested.
HELTER SKELTER INDOOR SOFT PLAY CENTER AND CAFE
* RUNNERS UP IN THE NETMUMS SOFT PLAY AWARDS
Click here to email us your interest in offering support or why not sponsor us, with over close to 750,000 hits you will be sure to get coverage.
Working in Association with East Kent Housing
Non Funded, Non Profit Organisation for the people of Thanet.