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Porchlight awarded new Live Well Kent mental health contract

It comes at a time when people need help more than ever

Porchlight has been asked to continue leading Live Well Kent - a highly successful countywide mental health service that supports thousands of people each year.

Live Well Kent is a network of organisations that offer a range of services to help people manage their mental health and tackle issues that may be affecting it (such as employment, feelings of isolation and housing). It also provides supported accommodation.

Live Well Kent was established in 2016 and is run by two charities – Porchlight and Shaw Trust – on behalf of Kent County Council and NHS Kent & Medway Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Porchlight has been awarded a two-year extension to this contract, meaning we will continue leading Live Well Kent services in:

  • Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
  • Swale
  • Thanet
  • South Kent coast (Dover, Folkestone and Hythe).

Last year, Live Well Kent supported 1,704 people in these area. These figures are expected to rise this year because the coronavirus crisis will likely leave more people in need of mental health support.

“We’re very pleased to continue to provide essential mental health support to people in Kent, and are preparing to build on the good work that has already been done,” says Porchlight’s Julia Hargreaves.

“We predict the number of people needing mental health support will increase over the coming months due to the emotional and economic impact of the virus. We’re planning for this likely increase in demand, putting the resources in place to support this. We’re working collaboratively with key mental health partners, including social care and health colleagues, and community based organisations.”

A recent independent evaluation conducted by the University of Kent showed that for every £1 spent by Live Well Kent, at least £4 is returned in social value (to the state) in areas the service was led by Porchlight.