Janet is a carer who has been a member of Kingston Carers' Network for 8 years, participating in  many workshops and activities. She has more recently been  involved in our Working for Carers Project, to further develop her interest in journalism, and has a blog on  Wordpress on which she has published two articles.

"I have been writing for most of my life. Well, since secondary school, at least. 

I find creative writing therapeutic as it lifts the blues almost as if by magic. Perhaps, it's the distraction that it affords. 

My favourite length for a piece of writing, both fiction and non-fiction, is less than a thousand words.

I have never been drawn to writing a novel of around ninety thousand words plus. 

In fiction, I steer clear of violence and erotica. It's a challenge to write a love story without violence and erotica and I do so love a challenge!"

You can read Janet's articles here:





11 hours 10 minutes ago by Jo Cocup


KCIL has been nominated for the Community Organisation (Disability) award at the National Diversity Awards! This is a national award and open to any all local charities. KCIL is very pleased to have been nominated for this award and we are very grateful for the votes we have received so far.


The voting is open until May 31st 2019 and after this date we will find out if we have been shortlisted. If KCIL have supported you or your family or friends over the years please do give us a vote - https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/nominate/21489/


Many thanks – Team KCIL

12:44, 16 May 2019 by Jo Cocup


Dear Parents/Carers and Professionals

The next round of My Afk parent/carer and professionals seminars have been announced. On Wed July 3rd 2019 we start with an Education Health and Care Plan seminar.

  • Who is entitled to an EHCP, how do you obtain one for your child or young person?
  • What rights do you have to appeal decisions?
  • What content should be in an EHCP?
  • What evidence do you need?
  • What is an ‘outcome’ and how should it be described?
  • How do you ensure the voices of pupils and students are evidenced?
  • Discover innovative ways to use EHCPs in transition.
  • How do you ensure a child or young person has support in mainstream schools if there is no EHCP?

Come and hear the answers to these questions and many more from lawyer Erin Smart of leading law firm Irwin Mitchell and other expert education professionals.

Taking place in Central London on 3rd July 2019 from 10am to 2.30pm (registration from 9.30am), only £19 for parents and carers and £49 for professionals including lunch.

Download full leaflet hereor book using these links:

Wed 3rd July 2019
A) Getting the best Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) including college and further education.

You can also book on our seminars covering all aspects of Transition to Adult Life:

Tues 12th Nov 2019
B) Transition to Adult Life 1: The Care Act and entitlement to personalized support in adult life, including Continuing Health Care assessments.

Wed 4th Mar 2020
C) Transition to Adult Life 2: Mental Capacity, Welfare, and Financial deputyship and employment options for young adults

Tues 16th June 2020
D) Transition to Adult Life 3: Housing, benefits, financial planning for adult life

Any queries please email Alex Johnson at info@advocacyandsupport.co.uk

Many thanks

Alex Johnson
The Advocacy and Support Partnership

12:39, 08 May 2019 by Jo Cocup


Kingston Carers' Network will be participating in this scheme in the stores below from Wed 1st May to Sun 30th June. Collect tokens every time you buy a bag from Tesco, then deposit them in the KCN containers in store. First prize is £4000, so please pass this on to everyone you know and ask them to shop at Tescos. Remember that the garage across the road from the office is one of the participants, so please do make frequent visits if at all possible! 

HOOK EXPRESS                          KT9 1EL         

TOLWORTH EXPRESS                KT6 7DQ 


NORBITON EXPRESS                 KT1 3RT        

KINGSTON THAMES EXP           KT2 5EB        

SURBITON HOOK RD EXP          KT6 5AR        

WORCESTER PARK EXP            KT4 7NW       

Bags of Help is Tesco’s  exciting local grant scheme where the money raised from the government's 5p bag charge is being used to fund a large number of local projects to create or improve green spaces in communities' right across England, Scotland and Wales. 

10:10, 02 May 2019 by Jo Cocup


Saturday, 4th May 2019 | 10:45am – 2:30pm | Surbiton KT6 6DF



This TASTER DAY is aimed at women's support groups and their clients. The day is about breaking down barriers and alleviating fears and anxieties to increase confidence and improve self-esteem. We understand that travelling to a new destination or meeting new people can be daunting and that's why we offer a welcoming and relaxed environment, where like-minded women can explore the uniqueness of Hillcroft. Why not enjoy a short taster activity and meet other women who have overcome barriers to succeed.


At the Singing Rock Club we focus on taking control of yourself, empowering who you are and learning how to fly through techniques and singing. The healing is phenomenal. Connect on many levels and lift your spirits. Carol, the facilitator has been on a difficult life journey and it is through this that she started the Singing Rock Club, so that each human being learns to love and believe in themselves.
It is a fun session to release your inner voice! We sing in all genres: Pop, Musicals, Rock and anything you fancy. It's 50% Confidence and 50% Singing, building confidence in an enjoyable way that really works.



No barriers associated with this day.
We can reimburse travel costs, pay for lunch and provide free childcare in our creche for children 3 months - 8 years old
(Limited availability; booking is essential).

11:27, 29 Apr 2019 by Jo Cocup


Don't merge the assessments

for PIP and ESA


Here is a link to a petition against the planned merging of assessments for Employment Support Allowance (ESA) and Personal Independence Payments (PIP), that some of you affected by, or who have relatives who are affected by these benefits, may wish to sign.



In a speech on 5/3/19, Work & Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd announced plans to merge assessments for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) from 2021. Seeing as PIP & ESA are different benefits with different purposes, we feel this would be extremely dangerous.

09:35, 26 Apr 2019 by Jo Cocup

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