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If you have any questions, please contact the Reconnect team at the email address: reconnect.kentcyp@kent.gov.uk


Reconnect is a community-led programme designed to get Kent’s children and young people back to enjoying the activities and opportunities they took part in before COVID-19 – as well as the chance to try new things along the way.


After a year of staying in, it's time to get out there and Reconnect with the things you've missed over the past 12 months. There are lots of fun activities and events going on across the county, so find something that interests you and have fun!




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See the Reconnect: Kent children and young people website. We have also created a Reconnect Facebook page

Dover Children’s Centres  



For any Children’s Centre query, please call the Dover Early Help number 03000 422998

Each centre offers different services, including:

  • childcare
  • early education
  • training or finding a new job
  • antenatal classes
  • baby clinics
  • support with breastfeeding
  • support with parenting and speech and language
  • drop-in sessions for parents and children
  • services for children with special needs and disabilities
  • opportunities for families to get involved with volunteering and designing services


Please check with your local children's centre and for their virtual offer.


Children's Health and Wellbeing Navigation  

Chloe Bunnett

Children’s Health and Wellbeing Navigator




Lydden Surgery       

114 Canterbury Road, Lydden Dover      

CT15 7ET


Whitecliffs Medical Centre

Mill Lane,


CT15 7QQ




A hybrid role combining the functions of social prescribing, care navigation and care coordination


  • Support families to identify what matters most to them, set goals with a holistic action plan, and connect to peer support, groups, services and apps to build resilience
  • Collate and provide information and signposting ensuring access to support from statutory services, community resources and inclusive activities.
  • Ensure children, young people and their families know what to do and who to contact if problems escalate or in crisis
  • Engage with children and their families to build an active profile of their clinical and social journey
  • Become an Information centre for the patient, their family and colleagues across multiple organisations to ensure a seamless, holistic approach to their personalised plan
Home-start Dover District  http://www.home-startdoverdistrict.org.uk/  

Home-Start Dover District is a voluntary organisation that is committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under five years of age. Volunteers offer regular support, friendship and practical help to families under stress in their own homes helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown.

North East London Foundation Trust - NELFT  


NELFT are the provider of all age eating disorder services and child and adolescent mental health services across Kent and Medway.

School Health Services  


0800 0113474



The teams are led by school nurses who are qualified nurses, with specialist training in public health. They are supported by school staff nurses, assistant practitioners, public health assistants and an administration team.

They work closely with health visitors, community paediatricians, schools and other services from local communities in a range of locations, including mainstream schools and special schools and outreach services.

Salus Group   

Children and young people:


Family Support:


Salus offer a diverse range of programmes to support the needs of children and young people. This can be in school, the community or at home.

Salus delivers a range of support to families with a focus on emotional health, well-being and practical support.
MIMHS – Mother and Infant Mental Health Service  


01622 722321

The Mother and Infant Mental Health Service specializes in the assessment, diagnosis and short-term treatment of women affected by a moderate to severe mental health illness in the preconception, antenatal and postnatal period.

The service is for pregnant women with a pre-existing mental illness or those at risk, and women who encounter problems for the first time during or after their pregnancy.

Kent Young Carers  


0300 111 1110

Support for children who have caring duties.  Kent Young Carers is the countywide service for Young Carers aged 5-18 across Kent.  Young Carers are taking on caring responsibilities for a family member with a long-term illness, disability, mental health, or substance misuse issue. 

Dandelion Time  http://www.dandeliontime.org.uk  

Dandelion Time can only accept referrals from professionals such as Early Help, Social Workers, GP, Schools, or other professional agencies. If you are a parent seeking support, please ask a professional who knows your child/children best to contact us regarding a possible referral.  Dandelion Time is most suited to children/young people aged 6 – 13 with past experiences of trauma.

Kent Adult Education – Family Learning 


 03000 415888

Courses include a variety of FREE Family Learning Courses: as well as other payable courses.

Ackholt Road, Aylesham, Kent CT3 3AJ, UK

01304 840134



Bechange works with communities throughout the Dover District, providing support with: Skills and employment, Finance and housing and Families and relationships. Bechange’s Support Workers provide individual and group support, listening to all the needs of a client and addressing those needs, not just focusing on one area of their life.

Inspire Project

Inspire Project (dover.gov.uk)

Inspire Families (dover.gov.uk)


The Inspire project is open to young people aged 4-18 who have a lack of oppertunity or challenging circumstance. The activity pays for them to do an activity of their choice for up to 24 weeks.
Healthy Start  Healthy Start - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) If you are pregnant or have a child under 4, the Healthy Start scheme can help you buy basic foods like milk or fruit. For more information and how to claim, visit the website. 
United Families UK  United Families UK United Families UK support families that have separated as well as providing support for school uniforms, food banks and fuel poverty.
Free School Meals  Free school meals - Kent County Council If your child is under 19 and in full-time education, you may be able to get free school meals for them. The quickest and easiest way to apply for school meals is to apply online.
Dover Smart Project 

 01304 790223 


Young Carers Club every Saturday in Smart Gallery, 3 Waterloo Crescent, Dover. 

For carers aged 5 to 18 years old.