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Compaid helps disabled, older and other vulnerable people to overcome the barriers of social, digital and economic exclusion

About us

Compaid helps disabled, older and other vulnerable people to overcome the barriers of social and digital exclusion, and to live their lives to the full.

Each year, thousands of people use our digital skills training and accessible transport services in and around the South East of England.

Working in partnership with local authorities, housing associations, job centres and other charities, our staff and volunteers change lives for the better every day.

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How we help

Digital Skills Training

We provide one to one support to learn how to safely use the internet, social media, and apps such as Microsoft Office and Corel Draw. Training is offered at our own Training Centre, or remotely in people’s own homes.

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Accessible Transport

We provide door to door transport for disabled and older people to access local shops, day services, medical appointments and outings with family and friends. We offer a choice of wheelchair accessible vehicles, from minibuses for large groups to smaller adapted cars.

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What people have said about us

  • “A massive thank you for giving me the confidence to explore computers. This has been absolutely invaluable to me in starting my new career path after a long break.”

    Tracey, disabled job seeker in Maidstone

  • “After a traffic accident, I wanted to put my computer experience to good use, helping others to gain digital skills. Volunteering at Compaid helped me with my own speech and increased my confidence and independence.”

    Dave, Compaid volunteer

News

Compaid supports aspiring Paralympian Zak Skinner

Compaid is delighted to be sponsoring Zak Skinner has he trains to qualify for the Tokyo Paralympics. Zak, whose family live in Tonbridge, is living and training in Loughborough. He recently won two European Gold medals in T-13 100m and long jump, and is aiming to take gold in Tokyo.Compaid will be following Zak every step of the way to the winner's podium.

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NFU Mutual supports our post pandemic work

We are delighted to receive a donation from the NFU Mutual Agency Giving Fund as part of their national emergency campaign to support charities that impact our local community, providing both emergency support and to help build long-term resilience. This is fantastic news and we would like to say a HUGE thank you to NFU for their support in a week when we are thrilled to be opening the doors again of our digital skills training centre in Paddock Wood after what has been one of the most difficult years any of us have had to face. As the country emerges from the pandemic, the sense of purpose and enthusiasm among our staff and volunteers to welcome back clients to familiar surroundings has never been stronger. The pandemic has shown how we often take for granted how easy online communication has become, which is why our work is so important to support vulnerable people to learn the skills to get online and help to reduce increasing levels of isolation and loneliness which can in turn have a major impact on their long term health.

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Compaid becomes accredited Living Wage employer

Compaid is celebrating its accreditation as a Living Wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation. This marks a commitment by the charity to pay staff an hourly rate no lower than the Living Wage Foundation’s recommended pay for out of London employees. That rate is currently £9.50 an hour, almost 7% higher than the Government’s National Living Wage. This step most benefits the charity’s front line staff delivering digital skills training and transport services to disabled, older and other vulnerable people across Kent. These staff members have continued to support service users throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, and have demonstrated commitment and compassion towards those they serve. More information about the Living Wage Foundation can be found at www.livingwage.org.uk

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Volunteering

There have been volunteers at Compaid since the beginning, giving their essential support to staff & clients.

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