Citizens Advice Medway is a registered charity that offers free, independent, confidential and impartial advice to the whole of Medway on a range of issues including Housing, Welfare Benefits, Employment, Debt, Family Law and many others.
We are currently looking for additional funding to help us provide a much needed Outreach service for clients with mental health issues. Our local hospital, Medway Maritime, will be closing their acute patients beds in May 2015. Currently, in-patients are assisted at Little Brook Hospital in Dartford – around 17 miles from Medway.
We are in discussions with staff at the hospital who also believe that the patients would hugely benefit in being able to have access to good advice and information – something that the staff at the hospital cannot provide. If we were lucky enough to get funding, we would use the money for travel expenses (currently £15.40 day return) and to produce leaflets and posters to advertise the service we can offer the clients at the hospitals.
Speaking to staff, they cannot give an ‘average’ length of time each patient requires to spend as an in-patient. However, we would like to offer the service every other week, which we hope would mean that all patients would be able to access the service at some point during their treatment.
Galaxy Hot Chocolate is offering awards of funding which we feel is something we could put towards the funding for this new Outreach service. Please help us to win one of the prizes by voting on our page on the Galaxy Hot Chocolate website which you can access via the link below: