Dartford Change for Charity is run by the same people who organise Dartford Toy Appeal.  Having had such a fantastic response from the Dartford Community at Christmas we are now hoping to help elderly hospital patients at Darent Valley Hospital and those suffering from mental health problems within the borough.

Currency coinsWe are now asking people to donate their unwanted change – be that British or foreign currency at one of our drop off points (see below) between 1 July and 30 September 2017.  We also ask people who want to hold a collection at their workplace or club to get in touch with us at ChangeForCharity@dartfordliving.com and we will send you a box.  Every coin (or note) gratefully received.

The Silver Birch Fund is a charity set to provide gifts and support to older people admitted to Darent Valley Hospital.  The charity recognises the needs of older people in society that can lead to loneliness, isolation and lack of access to simple things that can make life so much more pleasant. The charity seeks to provide night wear, toiletries and other things that can make isolated patients stay more pleasant.

Currency notesCurrently the Silver Birch Fund have a target of £10,000 to pay for a system called interactive me. The system which is supported by the Alzheimer’s Society is a secure web-based tool packed full of features like personal photographs, music, videos, games and stories. These triggers are used to promote conversation and engagement whilst reducing distress, boredom and social isolation.

North Kent Mind (formerly Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Mind) is an independent mental health charity operating in North Kent which provides a wide range of services for people who experience mental health problems, whether these are described as anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Personality Disorder, or otherwise.

The services North Kent Mind provide include supported housing, low cost counselling, agoraphobic support, activity sessions, springboard, social groups, person centred planning, self-management courses, peer-led activities and open sessions. Working closely with other local organisations, North Kent Mind is supported by paid staff, trained volunteers, student social workers, and trainee mental health nurses on placement.

Drop Off Points
We are looking for businesses and clubhouses to act as drop off points for people to bring their donations.  We also hope workplaces, groups and clubs will hold collections.  If you want to help please email ChangeForCharity@dartfordliving.com.