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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

Could you be our next Chair?

Compaid is seeking a new Chair to join its Board of Trustees. The Trustees work closely with our Chief Executive to set the strategic direction for the charity, as well as having oversight of its performance against agreed targets. You would be joining a dynamic Board of 11 other passionate Trustees, and supporting our charity to support even more people across Kent as we navigate beyond the Covid pandemic. More information on the role and how to apply can be found here.

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Our Big Give Christmas Challenge is live!

Our 2021 Big Give Christmas Challenge is live, aiming to raise over £13,000 in the next seven days to help disabled, older and disadvantaged people get online. From today (30 November) until midday on 7 December, every donation made to our Campaign on the Big Give website will be matched £1 for £1, to a maximum of £6,700. The website can be found here: https://bit.ly/CompaidBG21 This year we are raising funds towards the cost of our digital skills training services for disabled and older people. During lockdown, everyone has experienced being isolated at home, relying on the internet for information, entertainment, and to order goods and services. For those without the skills, technology or the confidence to use the internet, this vital support has been out of their reach. Our staff and volunteers provide one to one training sessions, tailored to each individual’s needs and delivered either in person or remotely as necessary. We provide tablet computers and mobile broadband to learners if they don’t have access to the internet at home. Demand for our services in Kent has surged since the Covid pandemic, with more than 100 new referrals in the past year and many more expected into 2022. Your support for our Big Give Christmas Challenge will help us to get more vulnerable people safely online now and in the year to come. Please give what you can at our campaign page https://bit.ly/CompaidBG21 and share our campaign to your own networks. Remember, every £1 you donate is worth £2 between 30 November and 7 December. Thank you.

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Compaid supports aspiring Paralympian Zak Skinner

Compaid is delighted to be sponsoring Zak Skinner as 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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Get involved

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Help us to ensure that all those we work with can achieve their aspirations and play an equal part in society.

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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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