What do we do?

Who are Carers Choice?

Carers Choice provides 1:1 or 2:1 support for all of our clients, in the community or in their homes. We provide daytime respite from the clients full time carer (usually family) as well as individuals who live independently. We support them with activities and hobbies in the community, day centres and with life skills. We also provide clubs, day trips, discos, drop-ins and other events for all of our clients. Click on the individual pages to find out more!

Our Purpose

The service is established for charitable purposes, for the benefit of the community, to provide support and brief respite to carers and those they look after.

The Carers Choice Vision

At Carers Choice, we want every carer to be recognised, supported, and offered services to help them maintain their own health and wellbeing.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support our client’s independence and to enable them to pursue their interests. Over the past couple of years, our focus has been on expanding our services to truly tailor them to suit each individual client.

History of Carers Choice

Carers Choice was originally called The Carers’ Relief Service and started in Medway Towns by a group of parents and professional carers in 1983. It expanded to Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley in 1995. The service grew so rapidly with many varied demands in the area that in 2002 Carers Relief Service Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley would become totally independent. In 2012 the name was changed to Carers Choice.

Our Structure

Carers Choice is a limited company, registered as a Charity, with a group of Directors that form a Board of Trustees to direct the charity and ensure the Charity follows the above aims. The committee consists of a chairman, supported by a vice chair and then the remaining committee members with a range of abilities and experience to provide a variety of opinions and viewpoints. The board of trustees are all volunteers.  We then have our management team which consists of Manager, Karen Ruby, who is supported by a Finance and Admin Officer and a Care Audit and Admin Officer, as well as around thirty care support workers.