What is GOLD?

Our friendly team at Getting On with Learning Difficulties (GOLD) can support you to achieve your goals, so you can get on with living the life you want.

During this challenging time, the GOLD team are still here, offering help and support! We are able to offer signposting over the phone or face to face by appointment.  You can meet at our premises in Margate and Ramsgate or we can arrange other venues with the appropriate social distancing. GOLD is involved in several community projects via video calls and other online routes.

Who is GOLD for?

GOLD is for people with a learning difficulty in Thanet who:

  • live independently,
  • receive less than 5 hours of support a week, or
  • live with unpaid carers and receive no other support.

What can GOLD do for you?

The GOLD team can provide you with information and advice about:

  • benefits,
  • housing,
  • debt and budgeting,
  • volunteering,
  • leisure activities,
  • meeting people, and
  • campaigning.

GOLD offers one-to-one confidential support and have daytime and evening groups, where you can talk about the things that are important to you, meet new people and find out what's happening in your local area. At the moment, most of our groups are on line, via Facebook or Zoom. We can help you to get set up if you’re not confident using technology. 

For more information, contact us via email, or phone 0845 004 1876.

The Scrapstore @ EKM

Our GOLD project also run The Scrap Store @ East Kent Mencap! The Scrap Store @ East Kent Mencap is an exciting green initiative that looks to reduce waste in Thanet. The Scrap Store will encourage people to reduce, reuse and recycle by taking in safe, clean ‘scrap’ craft products so that re-usable items are saved from landfill. The craft supplies are sold at affordable prices for others to use to get creative. It is run by members of East Kent Mencap who have a learning disability, and all art supplies have been donated. Find out more here.

GOLD is funded by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund

Big Lottery Fund