East Kent Mencap have a selection of brand new online services for people with a learning disability. These services are available during and outside of lockdown, and we can help you with any technical issues accessing these services from home.
We have established these services in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and will be continuing them into the future, to provide safe virtual support to our members in their own homes.
We have been developing these services and producing special online content since the start of the pandemic. We have an online community of over 6,300 people, including individuals with a learning disability, their families, carers and EKM supporters.
To access these services, you will need to have access to a smart phone, computer or tablet at home, and a reliable internet connection. If you need support getting set up or would like some advice on technology, please do get in touch and we can support you to be able to access these services.
If you have any ideas for content we could share, have feedback or are interested to know more about East Kent Mencap, do email email@example.com
See below for more information about our online services.
Virtual Day Resource Sessions
Our Day Resources in Sheerness, Herne Bay, Margate and Ramsgate now run Virtual Day Resource Sessions over Microsoft Teams. These sessions involve all the fun, companionship and support of our in-person Day Resource Sessions, but are accessed over a video call from the comfort and safety of each individuals' home.
Activities include arts and crafts, fitness, games, music, life skills and more. The Virtual Day Resource Sessions involve a small group of members who can all talk to each other, work together and make friends.
These sessions can be paid for directly by your local authority or you can pay with your own money or funding from your family.
We welcome new faces and offer free taster sessions.
As part of our Day Resource service, during lockdowns we also keep in touch with members through regular phone calls, to provide support, advice and a friendly check-in.
Get in touch on 01843 808964 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and arrange your free taster.
KARA tablets - Video carephones
East Kent Mencap was delighted to be chosen by Kent County Council to take part in their new service, KARA, providing vulnerable people across Kent with virtual care and support via video carephones. In partnership with RETHINK Partners and Alcove, Kent County Council lunched the KARA service as part of a response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
With a KARA tablet, even those with little or no technical ability are now able to connect with loved ones and caregivers.
KCC have commented that EKM was the 'most productive organisation' taking part in the programme as our staff have so far supported the rollout of 75 units to members with tablets still going out. Members tell us they are making great use of their tablets!
If you would like to find out more if you or someone you care for could benefit from a KARA tablet, please do get in touch on 01843 808 964 or email email@example.com
The photo below shows our member Natalie delivering a KARA tablet to her friend and fellow EKM member Robert, so they can chat to each other virtually whenever they like.
We also run one-off online events, including virtual discos, online film premiers starring our members, video-streamed music concerts, and virtual fun days!
Our events are a mix of free and paid for, accessed over YouTube, Zoom or Microsoft Teams, depending on the event.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our events.
Tune into our Facebook page every lunchtime at 12pm on Mondays and Fridays to chat live to Demi and other members of our team. These catch-up chats are Live, public, free, and a chance to hear about our most up-to-date news, as well as chat to other members and supporters of East Kent Mencap.
We have an online Facebook community of over 2,500 of EKM members who have a learning disability and supporters. Join us to chat and get advice.
Our YouTube channel is full of awesome activity videos by our Support Workers, showing you lots of activities you can do at home, including cooking, gardening, drawing, and music!
You can also watch fantastic videos of our members performing music, dance and drama, as well as many other talents!
There are over 140 videos on our YouTube channel for you to enjoy.
Explore our YouTube channel here.