Hello and welcome!
     Thanet's Families in Need ~ Founded July 2012

~ Non Profit community organisation for the people of Thanet.
Young and old, with or without family ~
 Please take your time to scroll through the 'home ' page.
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"

spread the word about the services we provide for the people of ThanetThanet'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 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 formation with mission statement

~ Autumn Soup Kitchen ~

~ Thanet's only rough sleeper outreach, food/clothing bank and support service available 7 days a week ~

 Working with the advice and support from the Charity Commission we run as a 'small charity' meaning we follow all rules set out by charity commission while we get our charity status.

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 4 years running.

Over the last few years, 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!                                                                                               

Helping us to help others.

<< Click here to donate direct to our Paypal account


Thanet's Food Bank
Last November - December we were 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.

This turned out to be a much praised project after this summer receiving an award at this summer's Kent Housing Excellence Awards as Highly Commended business partners for our community work, collaborating with East Kent Housing which we hope to see in the future. Click here for all of the day's awards information and more pictures.  

We are here to help, Thanet, kent

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. 
With our goal assessments we try and tick all the boxes meeting all your needs
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.

Thanet Food Bank

Phone Line And Food Bank Available 24/7
Should you find you don't get through please do keep trying or email

* No voicemails please 

Please use the contact us tab for a full list of contact details including a form 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.


Here to help Thanet, Kent

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

Christmas 2016 is almost here!!

Follow the Raising Smiles for Christmas Campaign 

winter 2014 at Thanet Families in Need
 Fundraising Appeal 
~ 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.

DISABILITY and carer's Service's and support at Thanet Families in NeedDo 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 
Blog here with Thanet Families in need !!
 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         

Like our Facebook Page ThanetFamilies inNeed

You can also find us on twitter here -

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.

Pop on over to the Housing and homeless support page for more information.

Thanet Families in Need is built by the people of Thanet 
 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. 
Sponsor us~ 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 - with some information on your business and how you would like to sponsor us.~

** 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.
Together we can make a difference. Thanet, Kent

We hope to see you again! Check back later for new updates to our website. There's much more to come!
Please click here if you have any donations of any unwanted reusable items that can be passed on!CLICK HERE TO CONTACT US TO ARRANGE COLLECTION
community matters, Thanet, Kent
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 10,000 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 

Community Matters with Thanet Families in NeedWe 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 roofing
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.
Prampushers Sponsored Walk - Run by Acey Davies
* 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                                                                                                                                                   2015
Thanet Families in Need Community Swap and Shops Events
                            Non Funded, Non Profit Organisation for the people of Thanet.
Supporters of Helter Skelter Play center Broadstairs

Chair/Director - Kerry Keating                                    Special thanks also to
Vice chair - Robin Vaughan Lyons                               Zurich Insurance
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