Age UK Ashford encourages and enables the independence and well-being of people in later life.  Age UK aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness, improve quality of life and reduce financial hardship for older people.  Age UK is based at Farrow Court and provide an extensive range of opportunities to support well-being.

Personalised Independence Programme (PIP)

The Personalised Independence Programme (PIP) is funded by the Ashford and Canterbury CCGs.  The programme offers patients of GP practices across Ashford, who are over 55, up to 12 weeks free support from a Personal Independence Co-ordinator.  A Personal Independence Co-ordinator (PIC) can visit patients at home and talk about what help or support is needed for patients to remain safe and independent.  A PIC or a trained volunteer will then support patients to achieve their goals. This includes:

  • Organising equipment or adaptations to the patient’s home or a lifeline system.
  • Introducing ways to regain confidence or tackle loneliness.
  • Being referred to other services in the local area.

PIP Programme Co-ordinators across Ashford:

  • Ashford North Hub: Louise Homewood: louise.homewood1@nhs.net Tel: 07809 737369                                                                                                    Jenny Harford) Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Jennifer.harford@nhs.net  Tel: 07841 633808
      • Hollington
      • Wye
      • Sellinge
      • New Hayesbank
  • Ashford Rural Hub: Gillian Cooke: gillian.cooke2@nhs.net Tel: 07521 507451
      • Woodchurch
      • Hamstreet
      • Ivycourt
      • Charing
  • Ashford Urban Hub: Diane Lee:  diane.lee9@nhs.net  Tel. 07935223721
      • Willesborough Health centre
      • Singleton and Stanhope surgeries
      • Sydenham House and Musgrove Park
      • South Ashford Medics
      • Kingsnorth Medical Practice

Dementia Daybreak Club

Age UK runs a Dementia Daybreak Club which provides support, friendship an stimulation as well as providing a few ours respite for a carer.  Based on the Cognitive Stimulation Therapy model, the Dementia Daybreak Club includes a light lunch/snack and tea/coffee.  Places can be booked through Age UK Ashford by contacting the number below.

Additional services offered by Age UK Ashford (Tel: 01233 668765)

  • Independent living service (help with shopping and light household jobs)
  • Handy person and gardening service
  • Assisted bathing service
  • Hot meals provided
  • Transport provided
  • Group activities including seated exercise, music and arts and crafts.
  • Information and advice on benefits, social and health services.
  • National 7 day telephone service
  • Dementia Cafe
  • Peer Support

New Haysebank Surgery and St Stephens Health Centre (South Ashford Medics) are having AGE UK Dementia Drop ins 12.00 -2.00 pm

Review: June 2019