Compaid supports disabled, older and other disadvantaged people in and around Kent to realise their potential, helping them to overcome the barriers of social, digital and economic exclusion.
For 35 years, we have ensured that technological developments in computing, the internet and transport can benefit everyone in society. Today we support nearly 2,000 service users annually, from those with a physical or learning disability, to others with mental health and/or age related conditions. Our team of skilled and dedicated staff and volunteers provide digital skills training, employability support and accessible transport across Kent and Medway, and into surrounding areas including Sussex and South London.
Our service users tell us that with our support, they lead healthier and safer lives, reducing their loneliness and isolation, and regaining choice and independence in their daily activities. Many of our service users come back to Compaid every week, and extend their activities with us gradually over time as their confidence increases. We measure our social impact every year through feedback from our service users.
Our services are person-centred. We work with each individual to understand their needs and aspirations, tailoring our services to meet these. Referrals can be received directly, or from trusted agents such as social care workers, social prescribers or work coaches. This site provides more information on our services and referral pathways.
We are a charity of choice for individuals and commissioners of services, from the Department of Work and Pensions and Department for Transport, to Kent County Council, Sevenoaks District Council and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council. Our services and other local projects are delivered in partnership with local Job Centres, Housing Associations and other local charities.
Compaid is also a member of the Community Transport Association, the UK Online Centres Network and Age Well West Kent, and is an accredited Living Wage employer.